Come rain, hail or shine, this new 4x4 gear from Silverbirch, Overboard and Scarpa is all the intrepid outdoor adventurer really needs to make a trip complete.
Silverbirch Broadland 16
Drawing on the classic lines and proven design of a traditional Prospector canoe, the Silverbirch Broadland is the ideal all-rounder for families and waterborne adventurers, with a large load capacity and ample manoeuvrability.
The Broadland measures 16ft (4877mm) and can be paddled solo or tandem thanks to the symmetrical hull and unique rocker profile. A family of two adults/two kids could comfortably load all their gear in for a few days of paddle-based camping (and fishing).
The Broadland is available in two three-layer materials – Duracore and Duralite – the latter 5kg lighter than the former, and the choice of vinyl or timber gunwales. There is also a Highline version with higher sides for additional freeboard and more challenging white-water trips.
RRP: from $1850
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Overboard waterproof classic duffel
These roll-top waterproof duffels are the ideal gear luggers for when you’re on the water, or for throwing up on the roof rack (or in the ute bed) thanks to the full protection they offer against water, dirt and dust ingress.
The waterproof/dustproof levels (Class 3 IP66) are achieved via the fold seal system used on the main opening of the bag, as well as the high-frequency welded seams. The robust outer is a combination of nylon/cotton shell on the outside and a bonded internal PVC tarpaulin. The front zip pocket is also waterproof (Class 2 IP65), and there is a quick-release loop for fast access to the main compartment.
The duffels are available in 40-, 60- and 130-litre capacities. There are two reflective strips, four D-rings for attaching items, an internal wet/dry pocket, and a top carry handle with hook-and-loop fasteners.
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Scarpa Mojito Hike GTX
The Mojito Hike GTX is the ideal all-round boot for any outdoor escapade, as it’s not too heavy on your feet and it showcases all that Scarpa is famous for in tough footwear.
The Mojito Hike GTX has an upper section made from 1.8mm water-resistant suede and a to-the-toe lacing system, similar to a rock-climbing shoe. This extended lacing system enables plenty of adjustment for fit, allowing all shapes and sizes to be comfortable.
The Salix sole is grippy and tough, with just enough cushioning to ensure you don’t get sore feet after a few hours exploring. Add in the Flex-Point ankle section Scarpa claims allows for a more ‘natural’ ankle movement and you’re all good to go. Available in men’s and women’s versions.
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