LOOKING forward to that weekend away but dreading the fact you have to pack? Well, packing doesn’t have to be an ordeal if your 4x4 has smart storage solutions.
Here we’ve got all you need for a weekend away: a 4x4 drawer system, a heavy duty duffle bag, and a nifty bike rack.
ARB mid-height drawer
ARB has come up with a great solution to cater for the myriad ways in which off-road tourers set their vehicle’s cargo area up for storage. This mid-height drawer covers those who cannot fit a full-height drawer in their rig, but are after more storage height than low-height drawers. With 105mm of in-draw height, the new ARB mid-height drawer is the perfect solution.
It is available in three lengths – 945mm, 1045mm, 1355mm – so accommodate the full range of vehicles ARB builds drawers for. The drawers bolt in quickly and easily and include a roller floor that allows for fast access to anything stored on top of the drawer. Both the drawer itself and the roller floor feature aluminium drawer runners for optimum durability.
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Otter Yampa 105 dry duffle
The Yampa 105 (also available in 35L and 70L variants) is the ideal go-anywhere, take-any-punishment bag for off-road tourers and those who get out on the water. The Yampa has waterproof sealed seams and waterproof zips to ensure no dust or moisture ingress, while the waterproof TPU-coated nylon material is super robust.
There’s a heavy-duty base for increased resistance against dragging, sharp surfaces and other impacts and the duffle also has an inbuilt backpack harness (with neoprene shoulder pads and an airflow back pad) that makes for convenient carrying. The nylon buckles are equally tough, while the reflector strips help spot it during nights at camp when you’re searching for gear.
Another handy feature is the bright interior – perfect for being able to see what’s inside. Also included are a number of different handles, some interior pocket sections and tough tie-down points for securing the bag up on the roof-rack.
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Yakima HoldUp EVO
Yakima’s new HoldUp EVO is an update to the Yank icon’s HoldUp, a huge favourite with cyclists keen to transport their rides securely and without damage.
The HoldUp EVO has been designed to accommodate the latest-gen bikes, whether it is a new fat bike or an e-bike (under 23kg), along with the myriad wheel sizes and suspension setups now on offer – all of which can make carrying a bike a painful experience if the bike carrier is not designed for them. The EVO is compatible with a 50mm hitch and fits bikes with a wheelbase up to 1220mm. The HoldUp EVO can handle wheels ranging in size from 20-inch to 29ers, and can fit fat-bike tyres up to 4.8-inch in width.
The HoldUp’s party trick is its StrongArm hooks that secure a bike via its wheels, so there is no potentially damaging contact with the frame itself. You can tilt the rack away from the rear of your rig via its KickStart foot pedal.
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