Editor’s Picks: The Best Gear From Overland Expo

May 22, 2019 by Rick Stella, @RickStella

Every May, Overland Expo West travels to Flagstaff, Ariz. There, the event showcases the latest in overlanding and off-road vehicle equipment. The giant meetup is a go-to for over-the-top adventure rigs, aftermarket accessories and gear designed to make the roving lifestyle more convenient and comfortable.

Hundreds of vendors lined Flagstaff’s Fort Tuthill County Park. Industry insiders and enthusiasts saw everything from modular truck bed canopies to portable outdoor kitchens to off-grid navigation systems. Here are five of our favorite products from this year’s Overland Expo West.

TEPUI LOW-PRO ROOFTOP TENT

Tepui Low-Pro Rooftop Tent

Tepui Low-Pro Rooftop Tent (Photo: Rick Stella/Trucks.com)

California-based outdoor company Tepui debuted the Low-Pro, a lightweight, aerodynamic rooftop tent. The company’s already extensive lineup of hard- and soft-shell rooftop tents just got bigger.

But the Los-Pro is small, just 7 inches tall when closed. An outer shell made of recyclable thermoplastic provides cover. Two or three sleep comfortably, depending on the model. Price: $1,400.

RLD DESIGN TRUCK CANOPIES

RLD Design truck canopy

Owners can customize their truck canopies from RLD Design. (Photo: RLD Design)

RLD Design showed off its line of modular truck canopies and announced that it would expand into the U.S. market. The overlanding-specific canopies can be fitted on trucks from Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Ram, Chevrolet and GMC. A variety of sizes based on bed length are available.

The stainless steel canopies have a 700-pound dynamic load rating, watertight TIG-welded seams, a powder-coat finish and options for solid or windowed doors.

Owners can include cabinets, storage box systems or sliding truck bed trays. Prices range from $3,200 to $4,700.

GARMIN OVERLANDER GPS

Garmin Overlander GPS

Navigate on- and off-grid with Garmin’s Overlander GPS. (Photo: Rick Stella/Trucks.com)

Garmin unveiled its Garmin Overlander GPS, navigation system with on- and off-road mapping. Topographic map data in North and South America is available, even while users are off-grid.

Vehicle pitch and roll angles are displayed. The device comes with compass, altimeter and barometer functionality. Charging is via a USB cable. And it’s portable enough to take on foot.

Additional map data is found with the available Garmin Explore app, which allows multiple Garmin devices to sync. Also, access to Ultimate Public Campgrounds data that displays established and off-grid sites is available. Garmin Overland GPS sells for $700.

TAILGATE N GO OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Tailgate N Go outdoor kitchen

The outdoor kitchen from Tailgate N Go expands into a full cooking area. (Photo: Rick Stella/Trucks.com)

Tailgate N Go specializes in expandable on-the-go kitchens. The company showed its portable Overlander Box. The setup measures 36 inches long, 18 inches tall and 18 inches deep when closed. But it expands into a fully functional cooking space.

Overlander Box has a one-burner stove, four dry food compartments, storage netting and two condiment and food divider compartments. And, a knife magnet, a paper towel holder and three cutting boards are included. Its price is $1,550.

PCOR RANGE FOR JEEP GLADIATOR

PCOR Range for Jeep Gladiator

Owners of the newly released Jeep Gladiator are the target audience for the PCOR Range. (Photo: Rick Stella/Trucks.com)

PCOR debuted a new version of its Tray Bed system for the recently released Jeep Gladiator. The new PCOR Range comprises lightweight aluminum that helps manage the Gladiator’s balance and improve overall cargo capacity.

Owners can customize their truck bed size, depending on payload, thanks to modular fold-down sides. Built-in central-locking toolboxes on either side and a locking slide-out tray in the rear add versatility.

Also standard are LED tail lights, aircraft tie-down points, headboard work lights, an integrated headboard and an 18-gallon water or fuel storage area.  A rear winch cradle also is available. PCOR Range starts at $9,900.

Editor’s note: Trucks.com compiles information about vehicles, gear and gadgets, often through testing and interviews with experts. Our recommendations are made independent of the advertising being sold by our business development team. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. 

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