There is no escape like getting on your 4x4, heading for the countryside and going off-grid for a while. Though, for some, that might be easier said than done.
For those who still need their modern electric-powered amenities or a secure roof over your head, these new 4x4 gear are a must-have.
EFS Vividmax Work Lights
EFS has released this great new work light range. The VividMax lights are built tough (as you’d expect) using extruded aluminium for strength and heat dissipation, plus they boast an IP67 water/dust ingress rating. Finishing off the rugged specs are stainless steel mounts and fittings, combined with a polycarbonate protective cover.
There are three models: the Oval Work Light (VMWL-OVAL18) includes an 18Watt spot beam and punches out 1000 Lumens thanks to its six 3W Cree LEDs; the Square Work Light (VMWL-424) is a four-inch-square unit that includes a 24W spread beam (1200 Lumens) via 16 high-intensity Osram LEDs; and the three-inch-square Work Light uses five 3W LEDs for a spread beam that produces 900 Lumens. All lights are backed by a two-year warranty.
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RRP: $42 (VMWL-OVAL and VMWL-424); $35 (VMWL-315)
Goal Zero Lithium Yeti Power Packs
Goal Zero has released a three-model range of portable power packs.
The compact Lithium Yeti 400 includes an easy-to-read display, one AC output, three USB ports and two 12V outlets. The larger Lithium Yeti 1400 includes four USB ports, three 12V outlets, one 120V AC inverter and two 230V AC ports. Also included is multi-stage surge capability AC which allows you to charge more devices.
The largest model – the Lithium Yeti 3000 – includes inbuilt wheels and a handle for easy transportation. It can be recharged in 25 hours and has enough grunt to power a fridge for 50-plus hours. It has two USB-A ports, one USB-C and USB-PD, three 12V, a 120V AC inverter and two 230V AC ports.
RRP: $999.95 (Yeti 400); $2699.95 (Yeti 1400); $4999.95 (Yeti 3000)
For the ultimate fast-setup tent that can cater for larger families, the Oztent RX-5 is a no-brainer. The RX-5 features two rooms, as well as an awesome zip-in entry floor that encloses the entry area and keeps everything out of the weather. The floor is a heavy-duty, heat-sealed PVC tub setup.
The RX-5 is made from Oztent’s new ModCan material, which is highly fire-retardant, waterproof, UV-resistant, super-strong and light in weight. The RX-5 comes with an included fly to minimise the condensation on the main tent and also keep the main tent interior cooler in hot weather.
The front entry section offers a height of up to two metres, and the entire floor space is 4600mm long x 2600mm wide by 2300mm at the tallest point. Weight is 25kg, which is pretty damn good considering the space on offer and the robust construction of the tent and its extruded aluminium frame.