Peach State Overland’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Every year our families ask us for gift ideas for the holidays and we know its not an easy task sifting through products to find the perfect one. This year we have put together some of our favorites and we hope that this list can help you narrow down your search.

Happy Holidays!

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Gifts Under $50
Gifts From $50 – $200
Gifts More Than $200

Gifts Under $50


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Snow Peak Collapsible Coffee Drip ($30)

By: Dan W. Boles

Coffee is a morning ritual for me; I can’t start my day without it. But getting out my giant coffee maker and setting up the stove when I’m in the woods or at camp, especially if I’m not already planning on cooking breakfast, is a total pain in the you know what. The stainless steel Collapsible Coffee Drip is a pour-over system that makes coffee-making easier no matter where you brew, and the stainless steel design makes it an essential for all types of outdoors adventurers and everyday campers who just want a good cup of coffee. $30 on snowpeak.com



Rigid 22in,. Pro Tool Box, Black ($39)

By: Steven Sorensen

Being an overlander comes with the need to carry a myriad of gear that one way or another has to go somewhere in your truck. Sure tossing it in the back works for a short amount of time, but eventually you gather enough gear that you have to organize it and put it somewhere so it doesn't hit you in the event of a rollover. For me, I use a couple of these Rigid Tool Boxes because they are durable, lightweight, have a water seal, have locking latches, can hold up to 50 lbs, and are stackable in such a fashion that the top box locks to the bottom one to prevent them from shifting during those rough offroad trails.



Coleman Classic Propane Stove ($40)

By: Kevin Winskey

A single burner propane bottle mounted stove can be had for around $40 and good used dual burner stoves can be found on craigslist, or similar sites, for less than $50. I feel it is very important on an overland rig to have a way to make fire or at least cook, whether it’s a magnesium and steel striker to start a fire or a jetboil type backpacking stove; or even a huge 3 burner propane stove or grill. In order for me to enjoy myself while outdoors I like to have a fire on the ground to sit near and relax which also works as a place to cook food. I prefer my 2 burner stove so that I can make comfort foods that I know and love. My personal stove is a Coleman Classic 2 burner propane stove that I bought used from one of the other members of Peach State Overland. It has been flawless in use, and runs solely on propane as opposed to the multi fuel stoves that are also available out there.



Buck Knife Alpha Crosslock Dual Blade ($45)

By: Patrick Metzger

There are many great blades to be had for under $50, but my choice would be the Buck Knife Alpha Crosslock. When choosing a camping blade, you need one that is easily accessible, reliable, and will hold a sharp edge. This knife features 3 cutting edges, a smooth blade for your typical every day cutting, a serrated edge for cutting bone or wood, and an integrated gut hook for skinning animals. This knife weighs in at a lean 4 oz and features a steel blade an anodized grip and comes with a nylon case for ease of access. It also comes with the Buck Knife Forever Warranty.



Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Mug ($50)

By: Kevin Keegan

This gift was a hard one to justify, but now that I have one, I love it! The Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Mug. I have the 450mL ($49.95), but they also come in 300mL and 600mL sizes, and use it on every single trip. At 4.2 oz (for the 450mL size), this mug is very lightweight, but durable too. It has folding handles so you can use it as a traditional mug or fold them in to use more as a tumbler or low ball. The double walled design that Snow Peak used will keep your bourbon on the rocks ice cold and your hot coffee hot the following morning. Be advised, this mug is not meant to be heated over direct flame due to its double walled design. Despite this caveat, for overlanding and general car camping, this mug fits the bill perfectly. I also recommend getting the Snow Peak lid and then you’re set.

Gifts From $50 – $200


Viair 88P Portable Air Compressor ($66)

By: Steven Sorensen

One of the best modifications you can do to increase your traction and ride quality when you're off road is to air down. Of course, once you air down you need a way to air back up before hitting the highway, and I choose the Viair 88P for that job. I've been using this compressor for about 1 year now and although it may not be the fastest option out there, it's fairly quick at about 5 minutes per tire (going from 20PSI to 45PSI). In addition to the speed, this compressor comes with everything you need already attached including a long enough power cord and air hose to reach all 4 tires, a pressure gague, and inflation tips should you want to fill anything else up.



6 Month Overland Coffee Co Subscription ($120)

By: Dan W. Boles

What good is a coffee drip without coffee? Overland Coffee company makes a delicious blend that originates in Mexico, Central, and Southern America. With a blend of chocolate, molasses, and cherry, the flavor is smooth but bold. This gift keeps on giving too. The monthly subscription starts at $20/month.



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Garmin GLO Bluetooth GPS ($99) paired with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet E Refurbished ($75)

By: Freeman Barber

This would be a great small standalone GPS device to help with trail routing utilizing offline Google Maps or Locus Free Maps for FSR topo maps and in car directions. On the Adventure Bike having a small compact and easy to read map for on the go adventures this makes the trip more enjoyable. For the adventurous knowing where one is and how to get to the destination doesn't always need to be guess work.



BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove ($130)

By: Patrick Metzger

When considering a light weight camp stove most people go straight for the Jet Boil, but I would lean to the BioLite Camp stove. Start this stove with a handful of sticks and once the internal thermoelectric charged battery gets a little heat, the fan kicks in and drives the fire into overdrive. Weighing in a 2lbs and packing down to the size of a Nalgene bottle, this stove can give your phone an hour of talk time in just 20 minutes of charging and can boil 1 liter of water in under 5 minutes. My other favorite feature of this stove is that you can buy flavored wood chips from any grocery store and add apple wood or mesquite flavor to your camping meals.



Streamlight Stinger DS LED HL ($150)

By: Kevin Winskey

One of my favorite things to have in the rig close by to me is a flashlight. While that may seem ridiculous, with me being a mechanic I often find myself looking for a leak in what is of course the darkest place on a rig but they're also handy when someone needs a "spot" on the trail and when we have to setup in the dark once we get to camp. To me its an invaluable tool that comes in at many price points and styles to fit the needs of the individual. This flashlight is my personal one they come in almost any color you could want from lime green like mine shown here to even camouflage. There are smaller versions called the stream light strion to this one called the stream light stinger. stream light has an entire line of light products including headlights and spot lights to work with inside huge areas. stream light products also have a lifetime warranty where everything is covered except the batteries and charger. Out of the box they come with a piggyback charger to charge both batteries at the same time and also come with a cigarette lighter port charger and a 110 home outlet charger. This light is 640 lumen and lasts about 2 hours on a single charge. There is also lithium ion battery available now that is lighter and lasts 4-6 hours.



Survive Knives GSO 4.7 ($189)

By: Kevin Keegan

A necessity on every camping trip is a good knife. Now the bushcrafter in me says there is no one knife that will perform all the tasks you might need. But you can get close, especially if you limit some of the tasks to those specific to overlanding. This might be food prep, fire prep, and general utility. For these chores, a knife between 3.5-5in is preferred. I carry a Survive Knives GSO 4.7 with Cru Forge V steel ($189.00). The knife has a blade length of 4.75in and overall length of 9.72in and is very well balanced. Survive Knives is a small batch knife maker based in Idaho and because of these limited runs of knives they can be somewhat difficult to get a hold of without a lengthy wait. I ended up purchasing one from a third party new, but second hand. They are truly impressive in design and build quality and with the attention to detail and amazing heat treatment and materials that owner, Guy Seiferd, has chosen, these knives should last you a lifetime or several with proper care.

Gifts More Than $200


Malamoo 3 Second Tent ($250)

By: Kevin Keegan

Until my recent trailer purchase, I was the only one in the Peach State Overland that was still camping in a ground tent. I’ve been through several brands and sizes, but at the first Overland Expo East in 2014 I saw a demonstration of the Malamoo 3 second tent by Oztent and was won over. No more setting up and fishing poles through the tent fabric. No more folding and rolling, hoping it would be small enough to fit into its stuff sack. The 3 second tent is just that, a tent that takes about 3 seconds to setup. Certainly it’s quicker than any standard tent and without any of the headaches. We opted for the “X-tra” model ($250-$260) that has room for three people, or two and an 85lb cuddle monster/trail dog. Oztent also offers 2-person and 4-person versions. The tent is stored in more of a disc shape, and when released from its bag, springs to life and needs only to be staked or guyed out—then you’re done. Breaking down is pretty simple too and there’s plenty of videos online to help you get the hang of it. The tent has held up very well over the last 2 years and we will keep it on hand for emergencies. No leaks, no pole breaks, just a convenient go-to shelter for overlanding or car camping.



Clark’s Jungle Hammock NX-270 ($369)

By: Patrick Metzger

If you are looking for the most comfortable night of sleep in any weather with the lightest weight, look no further. While completing the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail I used this hammock with the addition of the under quilt (+$200) in -18 degree weather in 30mph sustained winds and snow at the top of Blood Mountain. Weighing in at less than 6 lbs. and having a comfortable weight limit of 300lbs (max 700lbs) this tent contains insulated internal pockets, and the most current model contains tent poles to give you more head space. In the warm summer weather leave the rainfly and outside cover off and just use the screen to fall asleep gazing into the stars. It is also a benefit to be off the ground and away from the critters.



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DeLorme inReach Exporer ($380)

By: Steven Sorensen

Cell phones are great, if they have a signal, however most of where we go takes us to remote places where a cell phone signal is not always reliable or available. This is why I plan to add the inReach Explorer to my essential gear kit in the future. This device works via the Iridium Satellite Network which has 100% global coverage to allow 2 way text communication to your friends, family, and (most importantly) emergency responders. In addition to that it can pair with you phone to act as a GPS unit that can display weather and map/topographical data from the DeLorme's Earthmate app so you always know where you are and what the weather will be. You can even set it to track you and allow your family to follow you so they know where you are. There are certainly cheaper options out there, like SPOT, however those units do not allow 2 way texting for those times where you just want to let your family know your OK or reach out to a fellow traveler who is outside of CB/HAM range using the device-to-device feature in which inReach devices can text each other. Overall, regardless of your outdoor activity if you typically go outside of cell phone range this device is literally a life saver.



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Casio’s WSD-F10 Outdoor Smartwatch ($500)

By: Freeman Barber

For the ADV rider this is a must. While Overlanding on an ADV bike the space and utility of your tools is something never overlooked. The watch has several features, for weather predictions, GPS and ability to see notifications on the go. GPS directions and the outside ambient temperature are key features on my list, knowing what to wear in any weather condition. On an ADV bike the ambient temperature when traveling down the road is roughly 20 degrees cooler. With this watch you can know what to unpack from your paniers and how many layers are needed.



Pelican Bora 100 Se SUP Paddle Board / Kayak seat ($599)

By: Dan W. Boles

There’s something extremely soothing and calming about water. So, for the water lover in your life, check out SUP boarding. This is definitely something I hope to find under my tree this year.



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FreeSpririt Recreation’s Adventure Series Automatic 55 Roof Top Tent ($1,995.00)

By: Kevin Winskey

For my $200+ item I decided to shoot for the moon and contact free spirit recreation or FSR about their Adventure Series Automatic 55 series tent. It’s a roof top tent that is operated with a key FOB just like most vehicles use now to unlock doors and start the engine. I got to see a similar model in person at EXPO east and even climbed the ladder to check out the build quality and details. They have thought of everything including pouches to put your shoes in that hang off the edge of the tent so you don’t get the interior dirty, but the kicker is that those pouches are covered by the overhanging roof so they don't get wet. It has a much lower profile than a standard RTT which could result in better fuel mileage and less wind noise. There are no window tension rods to have to put in once the tent is up so that also saves a ton of time especially if you’re traveling point to point and having to set it up every day or if you have to take it down because you forgot to get something from the store or want to go into town for dinner or whatever other reason. The pictures in this article were provided to me by Isaac from Free Spirit Recreation. I made contact with him through Instagram, and man talk about excellent customer service and I'm not even a customer...........yet! Thanks Isaac!

One Comment on “Peach State Overland’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide”

  1. Wesley Henson

    Awesome guys. Job well done!. Love it as I have recently looked at a few items on the list to buy for a recent camping trip and low and behold you guys come up with a wish list with personal reviews.

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