We’ve trawled the aftermarket catalogues and collated some of the best kit that’s landed this month.
Yakima LockN’Load Corner Brackets Kit
Yakima’s LockN’Load Platform system has been going gangbusters since its release, and the company continues to add accessories to it, with this Load Corner Brackets Kit the latest. The kit comprises four heavy-duty steel brackets, so it’s built tough for touring.
The included eye bolts are used with tie-downs and the whole set-up can be positioned anywhere on the platform (additional eye bolts are also available as a two-pack). This robust bracket set-up ensures those boxy, bulky items (think: toolbox, etc.) can be secured up top. As with all the LockN’Load gear, this bracket kit has been subjected to plenty of testing to ensure it fits in perfectly with the platform during off-road driving.
Osprey Transporter Duffel
Highly regarded backpack brand Osprey has just released its all-new Transporter duffel bag range, ideal for throwing all your gear in for that big trip. The Transporter is made using super-tough 800-denier double-coated nylon, so will cop plenty of rough treatment. The duffel features a stowaway harness with a full yoke and contoured straps as well, making it easy to carry to the airport or to and from your rig.
The main compartment is lockable and has overlapping rain flaps, plus there are four handles and additional lash-points to secure the bag if need be. In addition, there are two side pockets for small items. Available in four sizes – 40L, 65L, 95L, 130L – and five colours, it’s a great carry-all that is near bombproof.
RRP: $179.95 (40L); $199 (65L); $229.95 (95L); $249.95 (130L)
ROLA Titan flat tray system
This new flat roof-rack system from ROLA is made from anodised aluminium, so it’s light rust-resistant. It’s available in a number of sizes: 1200x1200mm, 1500x1200mm, 1800x1200mm and 2000x1200mm. The Titan has an optional side rail kit and plenty of other accessories, including recovery track mounts, LED light bar bracket, jerry can and gas bottle holders, spare-wheel holder and awning bracket.
The Titan will fit most popular off-road vehicles, is rated up to 300kg (check your rig’s roof-weight limit, of course) and comes with a five-year warranty. The patented design allows for the mounting of accessories on all sides of the tray, and the tray has been engineered and extensively tested in Australian touring conditions. Look for an extensive test in an upcoming issue.
Klean Kanteen Insulation bottles
Featuring food-grade stainless steel construction, Klean Kanteen’s Insulation bottle range is brilliant for your camp kitchen and built to last. The stainless steel option means no BPA and/or toxins in the material that contains your water and there are no problems with taste/odour retention like there are in plastic water bottles. The Insulation range is vast, ranging from bottles in various sizes (as featured here) through to coffee mugs and more.
Klean claims up to 100 hours of keeping water cool in these jobbies, achieved via its unique double-wall insulation (dubbed Climate Lock Vacuum Insulation by Klean). The bottle range also includes standard (44mm) and wide-mouth (54mm) openings. And yeah, it’ll also keep that tea/coffee warm for ages. Yes!
TJM Outback Bar Colorado (2016+)
This tough steel bar has been beefed up even more for the facelifted Holden Colorado, with more aggressive styling to match the ute’s new front-end design. The bar is made of 63mm tubing and features 8000kg-rated recovery points, LED combination lights (steel-mounted) that sit flush in the bar, LED foglights and an integrated winch mount (winch mounting kit required and sold separately).
The bar’s design ensures the best approach angle is attained, and it can be fitted with large spotties and dual radio aerials. There is also provision for relocating the vehicle’s parking sensor. The bar is airbag and ADR-compliant. The bar also includes reinforced recovery jack points and full cato straps for maximum strength.
ARB Elements 60L Fridge
ARB’s 60-litre Elements weatherproof fridge-freezer features 304-grade stainless steel construction, protective corner mouldings, electronic lock system (to keep beer-thieving mates out), gas struts, heavy-duty stainless steel hinges, provision for a padlock and more. It’s ideal for fitment in any 4x4, but especially in 4x4 ute trays, where it can be locked down securely thanks to a tamper-proof mounting kit (there’s also a tie-down kit and fridge slide available).
A uniform temperature in-fridge is achieved via the full-height evaporator that adds surface area and thus improved efficiency. The control panel is weatherproof, with its touchpad easily accessed. The touchpad keys are backlit and the display also shows DC voltage supply for monitoring of power use. The front and rear handles are recessed, as are the AC and DC sockets. Dimensions are 440mm (H), 820mm (D) and 490mm (W), and it weighs 31kg.
RRP: $1699 (east coast metro pricing)
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