We’ve taken a closer look at Rhino-Rack’s new Backbone system to suit the four-door JL Wrangler, as well as the new Sombra shelter from BlackWolf.
Rhino-Rack has developed a Backbone system to suit the Jeep Wrangler JL 4-Door. Under development for two years, the Rhino-Rack Backbone can be fitted by one person without removing the Hard Top. It attaches to the factory chassis points to distribute weight evenly throughout the vehicle’s body, which results in an impressive 120kg load capacity when installed in conjunction with a Pioneer Platform.
The Backbone has been designed to complement the Wrangler’s aesthetics, with a bold, solid construction. It’s made from durable, non-corrosive cast aluminium, and a black powder coat finish ensures the Backbone mates seamlessly with Rhino-Rack Pioneer Systems.
The Backbone is compatible with RLT600 removable legs and RCL low locking legs, providing set-ups that can be tailored to individual requirements. The RCL legs bring any Pioneer Platform closer to the roof for easy access, loading and unloading.
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BlackWolf Sombra Shelter
The new BlackWolf Sombra Shelter is has been designed to provide much-needed shade under the harsh Aussie sun, as well as protection from wind and rain. The Sombra features a 150D polyester canopy with a UPF 50+ sun protection rating coupled with a 2000mm waterhead rating to keep you dry on rainy days.
The canopy fits over BlackWolf’s custom 19mm Tuff steel poles, which are claimed to offer enough strength to keep the set-up in place in even the windiest conditions. A side panel is available as an optional extra for added protection from the elements. BlackWolf says the Sombra Shelter is also quick to erect and take down, and that it packs down to a convenient compact size for easy vehicle storage when not in use. There are two models available: the Sombra 300 and the larger Sombra 450.
RRP: $399.99 (Sombra 300); $499.99 (Sombra 450)