Aside from usual mechanical mods, roof racks, or storage fixtures, there is a whole range of 4x4 gear out there that is made for a specific need.
From the latest apps for your electronic devices that provide a wide range of information to simple and robust wheeled duffels to transport your gear around, these 4x4 gear are perfectly suited for specific tasks at hand.
Hema HX-1/Explorer app (WA Topo map)
The Hema HX-1 and Explorer app are two of the best go-to GPS navigation solutions for planning that epic adventure and then getting out there to do it. Hema has just released a device update for the HX-1 that protects the unit against intermittent loss of the GPS signal, while also upping the already high level of navigation accuracy.
As well as this update, Hema has made available a Topo update for Western Australia that can be used on both the HX-1 and Hema’s Explorer app. This complements the mapping already available and will add even more for those keen to explore our great western state.
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The topo map is provided under license to Hema by the WA Land Information Authority. When used in Explore mode, this new map covers zoom levels that equate to an approximate scale range of 1: 35,000,000 to 1: 18,000. Yep, that’s impressive.
ARB LINX modules
ARB’s LINX has just copped an additional two modules on top of its six original modules available since its release. This expandability is the big appeal of the LINX setup, adding additional modules as they are developed – plus they are free to LINX owners.
The first module is the clock, with the ability to set local and world time, date, timer, alarm and a stopwatch. The more exciting second module is the inclinometer, which allows you to monitor the roll and pitch of your vehicle – something that is not always easy or simple to judge while inside the vehicle, negotiating the terrain.
The inclinometer module allows users to set an alarm that is emitted when your rig is getting close to its roll or pitch limit. The roll screen and pitch screen can be viewed separately, or a simple double-tap can combine them on-screen together.
Osprey Transporter wheeled duffel
We’re big fans of duffel bags – they’re easy to pack and can cop a beating on trips – and even bigger fans of duffels that, when loaded up with gear, are easy to transport (excuse the pun), making Osprey’s new wheeled duffel Transporter series an appealing option for your touring kit.
The Transporter wheeled duffel is available in three sizes – 40L, 90L, 120L – and is built to withstand rugged treatment. The 800-denier TPU-coated nylon is abrasion- and water-resistant, the YKK zips are well-proved in terms of durability, and the HighRoad chassis and its oversized wheels ensure it can be rolled easily over uneven terrain.
The large U-zip opening allows easy access to gear, which can be secured via the internal compression straps. The duffels also have padded grab handles and lashing points, making them easy to tie down on cargo racks.
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RRP: $279.95 (40L); $319.95 (90L); $349.95 (120L)