WHETHER you’re loading 4x4 kit on top, in or behind your four-wheel drive, we’ve got you covered.
Lugging a pile of bikes on a hitch-mount bike carrier often means you then can’t access the tailgate of your rig. Yakima has solved this problem in relation to some of its most popular hitch-mount bike carriers with the release of the new BackSwing.
The BackSwing hitch adapter converts a number of Yakima’s hitch-mount carriers into swing-away versions. This means that owners of some of Yakima’s 50mm hitch bike carriers – the HoldUp (and HoldUp+2), SingleSpeed, FourTimer, TwoTimer, Dr Tray (but without the EZ+1) and LongHaul – can now convert them to a swing-away variant, by fitment of the BackSwing.
The BackSwing then allows you to swing the carrier open 90 degrees (it then locks in place; it’s easily unlocked via the release lever) for access to your vehicle without having to remove the bikes. The BackSwing has 113kg load capacity (this includes rack plus gear) and weighs 16kg.
4x4 product test: Yakima FullSwing
Front Runner Outfitters' Slimline II rack kit – Suzuki Jimny
Front Runner’s new roof rack for Suzuki’s pint-sized off-roader requires no drilling or specialist tools to be fitted; the simple gutter-mount setup means installation takes barely an hour. The all-aluminium (black epoxy powder-coated) rack allows fitment of more than 55 Front Runner accessories, too, thanks to the modular slats on the rack, so you can load up the surfboards, bikes, fishing gear, watercraft (canoe, kayak, SUP), extra water and plenty more (within the roof-load limit, of course).
You can even install one of Front Runner’s clever camping tables underneath if you opt for the taller fitment kit. The Slimline II for the Jimny is affixed via six gutter leg-mounts and measures 1560mm long and 1345mm wide. Also included in the kit is a wind deflector.
TJM Mod X drawer system
TJM 4x4 Equipped has released an innovative new drawer system that it says offers a ‘sleek design with market-leading features’. The Mod X drawer system includes a flush front face design (eliminating any protruding edges), a 150kg load rating for each drawer, a neat low-pile marine carpet finish and a tough galvanised steel frame.
The drawers also include other hard-wear components that incorporate UV and water-resistant materials, and the rattle-free steel runners and housings are coated for additional durability. The drawer is opened and closed via a single-handed positional brake and this brake setup means you can open each drawer to whatever position is required and it will stay there. The Mod X drawer system is ADR-compliant for seats and anchorages, and child restraint anchorages.
Available for 12 4x4s, including Toyota LC200 and Prado, Ford Ranger (PXII and PXIII), Holden Colorado (2015+), Isuzu D-MAX (2015+), Mazda BT-50 (2015+), Mitsubishi Triton (MQ/MR 2015+), Nissan Navara D40 (2005-2015) and NP300, plus the Toyota HiLux (2015+). Accessories include a stainless steel tray that converts to an external table, high capacity screw-in tie-downs and secure space divider panels.
Custom 4x4: LC79 "Rambler" by TJM review
The North Face Base Camp duffel bag
Probably one of The North Face’s most famous products, the company’s Base Camp duffel bag has, over its 33 years of production, garnered a reputation for bombproof construction and is an ideal carry-all. Available in a number of sizes – XS (31 litres); S (50L); M (70L); L (95L); XL (132L); XXL (150L) – to suit any requirements, the Base Camp duffel is built super tough.
The water-resistant outer fabric is robust 1000-denier laminate/840D ballistic nylon, the handles are bar-tacked and it also features double stitching for additional strength. There are lash-down/carry handles on each end and both sides, plus detachable shoulder straps and ‘regular’ carry handles. The zips are oversized YKK variants and are covered by a weather-resistant flap.
Inside, the main compartment includes a zippered mesh pocket and there’s another zippered wet/dirty gear compartment on one end.