As full-time travelers (currently on our sixth year), the overlanding life is extremely tough on our rig, ourselves, and our gear.
We don’t only use everything we carry, but we abuse it.
We’ve been through practically every weather condition and down some nasty roads to get to beautiful places most people never venture to.
But because we have such a small footprint in the Jeep, every piece of gear we carry is thought through and discussed. Things like weight capacity, dimensions, function, and durability are always on the top of our minds when selecting our gear.
We have to be extremely selective about what gear and parts we allow to go into or on our Jeep.
We get contacted frequently by companies asking us to use their gear for review or promotional purposes. Believe it or not, we turn 95 percent of these companies down. We really appreciate the offers and are humbled that companies have been following our travels. But we can’t accept each opportunity we’re presented with.
For us, it’s not personal–it’s life. If we had a home or garage, we might accept more things and give them a shot. But since we don’t have that space, accepting everything offered is simply out of the question.
When companies reach out to us, we have a general rule: if we aren’t going to use the gear or product, and if we don’t believe it’s the best gear or product made for the type of travel we do, then we’re not going to have them send product to us.
All that to say, when we do accept a gear sponsor, then you know it’s for gear we personally recommend without reservation for the overlanding lifestyle. If it can hold up to the daily use and abuse we (and our toddler) put it through, then it can definitely be depended on by those who don’t travel full-time like we do.
Jeepsies Gear Sponsors
Following is a list of companies that have sent us gear we actually accepted. Their gear is now part of our overlanding arsenal we use each day.
If a company is on this short list, then it’s because we genuinely believe–as of this writing–they make the finest gear available for our lifestyle.
Note: We were fans of most of these companies long before they knew we existed. So we have multiple items in our arsenal from some of these companies we purchased before being sent sponsored gear.
We want to say thank you to all of these companies that have sent us gear over the years.
We ordered and paid for our roof top tent, roof rack, and awning through Altitude Industries in Colorado. Owner Lee Hoffman came highly recommended for the install process. Since that time, we’ve sent many people his way.
At that time, Lee was experimenting with an LED lighting system for inside the tent, which he gave us to try out. It’s pretty snazzy and functional, as well. We were really happy with it until we broke it by accidentally closing the tent on top of the mechanism. Not Lee’s fault; it was my rush to close the tent that caused the problem. Having said that, it worked perfectly until I messed it up!
Altitude Industries items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
- Altitude Industries Lighting and Power Kit (to replace the one I broke)
- Road Shower
If you’re at all interested in getting an overlanding roof top tent build with an iKamper, then Lee is your guy. He’s worth the drive. He really does amazing work and knows the products inside and out. We’d drive back to Colorado just to work with him and his team again.
If you can dream it, they can make it. Think of Burnt Customs like a tattoo artist for your vehicle. This isn’t as much about function as it is about form. It’s about personalizing your style. Burnt Customs is our gear sponsor for our Jeep foot pegs. They are the symbol of my service in the Coast Guard, the Chief’s anchor.
Burnt Customs also makes the finest inner fender liners I’ve ever seen, as well as spare tire deletes and more. Tammy and her team are incredible. If you want to give your Jeep that stand-out look that can’t be found anywhere else because you’re the only one who has it, then Burnt Customs should be your first stop.
Burnt Customs items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
We’d love to have a set of inner fender liners front and rear from Burnt Customs. But as of this writing, they don’t make them to go around the portion of the TeraFlex Falcon Shocks that sticks out into the wheel well. If they ever do, then we’d be first on the list to get some made.
Recovery gear is a critical part of every overlander’s arsenal. We were fortunate enough to meet Aaron Pinto of GoTreads at Overland Expo West. We carry different types of traction recovery devices with us everywhere we go. But the ones we use the most by far are our GoTreads. If you’d like to see our full overlanding arsenal, then you can read this article.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I thought of GoTreads when they were first given to me. But after using them, I was so blown away by their usefulness, small footprint, and capability that I quickly became a huge ambassador.
Unlike other recovery traction devices, GoTreads fold up super compact. So compact you can usually fit them under vehicle seats. We carry two of them in our rear passenger compartment. And we use them almost daily.
No, I’m not saying we get stuck daily. I say this because GoTreads are so versatile that we use them to level our vehicle pretty much every time we park. As a result, we’ve “sold” a ton of these units to friends we’ve overlanded with. People are always asking us about them.
GoTreads items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
Nothing right now. GoTreads is a one-product shop. And that product has a lifetime guarantee, so we won’t need another.
However, these traction devices are so good that if GoTreads comes out with anything else, I’d definitely take a look.
My first introduction to Helinox was at Overland Expo East in North Carolina. I was immediately intrigued by the lightweight design of the gear and how nice it looked. A friend let me sit in his Helinox chair around a campfire the first night of Expo. The very next day, I went to the booth and purchased two Savanna chairs.
After using these chairs daily for over half a year, I got to know the team the following year at Expo West.
Helinox learned about our story and decided to get behind us as a gear sponsor. This is a company I’d never refuse. Their gear is so light, well-designed, stylish, durable, lightweight, and compact that it was an easy yes from us.
Helinox sent us the Table One camping table and Chair One Mini camping chair for Caspian. This gear is so lightweight that our two-year-old can go to the Jeep and get it himself. He’s also almost able to set up his chair by himself!
Helinox items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
Helinox is the gold standard for camping chairs, tables, and cots. To see a full review of our camping chairs, you should read our article on Helinox.
One of the questions we get asked most often: Where do you personally get work done on your Jeep?
The answer is Just Jeeps in Austin, Texas.
Long before they were ever our sponsor, they were our go-to shop for all of our Jeep needs. They’ve installed the vast majority of what we have on our Jeep. They also do all of our regular maintenance. Though technically not a gear sponsor, we want to include Just Jeeps on this list to recognize them publicly. These folks have forgotten more about Jeeps than most Jeepers will ever know. It’s all they work on.
Once a year when we come “home” to Austin, we put these guys to work. And let me tell you, with as much as we abuse our Jeep, they really have a long day ahead of them when we pull in. They are so good to us. We get our parts at cost from them and they comp our labor. I can’t thank them enough for being a Jeepsies sponsor. I’m truly humbled they got behind us on our journey. Just Jeeps is thorough, professional, knowledgable, and–in a word–exceptional.
If you’re ever in need of getting work done on your Jeep and you are in the Austin area, then go see Robert and Dan at Just Jeeps. You’ll be glad you did.
I’m obsessed with KÜHL Clothing. In my opinion, its the finest outdoor lifestyle clothing brand in existence. I don’t say this because KÜHL sent me gear. I say this because–before they ever knew we were a full-time traveling family–my wardrobe was already filled with their clothing.
You can imagine my delight when, after years of me raving about the brand, the KÜHL social media team smiled upon us and sent us to the website to pick out some gear for our travels. I was floored, humbled, and felt like a little kid in a candy store. I was so excited that I emailed them and let them know I’d be willing to put the KÜHL badge on my Jeep doors as a nod to my love for the brand.
KÜHL items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
Where do I start? Really, I’d like to have one of each. But the reality is we have limited space and the KÜHL clothing I have won’t break down to the point where I need to replace it. So I’m limited in what I can hope for.
The only item I consistently burn through is the ballcaps. We do a lot of sweat-inducing travel, and I go through a ballcap every two months or so because even KÜHL can’t handle the sweat off my brow.
Also, I wish they made toddler clothing. Can you imagine Caspian in KÜHL outdoor clothing? He loves my stickers, and puts them on his shirts from time to time to be like Daddy.
Innovative design, durability, comfort, style, and craftsmanship are what KÜHL Clothing is all about. If you’ve been thinking of getting any outdoor lifestyle clothing, then consider this brand. Without exaggerating, 95 percent of all clothing I own bears the KÜHL shield. This gear will stand up to whatever you throw at it. Accept no substitute.
We connected in person with Midland USA at Overland Expo East in 2019. We’d been using their hand held units daily for years. Needless to say we were fans already since we’ve relied on them for 95% of our comms.
The team at Midland was super gracious to us in our conversations. When they offered to get behind our travels as our latest gear sponsor, we were ecstatic to say the least.
One of our challenges with our hand held units was range. It would top out around 3-5 miles. This was fine when we were communicating in a caravan, or at an event. But when we’d get split up between the Jeep and the RV by longer distances we needed a different comms solution.
Enter the Midland USA MXT400 GMRS radios. The most powerful GMRS radio made by Midland. With 40 watts of power the unobstructed sight range is 65 miles! We’re looking forward to putting these units to the test and will write an article about them after we’ve had a chance to put them through their paces.
Midland USA items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
Midland is a trailblazing pioneer in two-way communication. We’re humbled to be part of the Midland USA team.
When a veteran-owned company has a no-BS lifetime warranty on its gear, everyone should take notice. Talk about an accept-no-substitute type of brand.
Red Oxx makes the finest travel bags we’ve ever seen. These are the bags we use to carry our gear on our overlanding travels. Brittany, Caspian, and I each have a bag of our own. Here they are:
Also my daily carry backpack which I use for practically everything is the Red Oxx Roadster Mini Rucksack.
I met Red Oxx CEO Jim Markel in 2019 at RecCon Montana. We hit it off and he invited us to visit some hot springs on the way to his home for dinner. We immediately became fast friends with Jim and his wife, Amanda.
The next day, we were invited to take a tour of Red Oxx HQ in Billings, Montana, and we were blown away. The facility is more of a complex than one building. Jim and his team have essentially taken over like three city blocks! Attention to detail is found everywhere: upsourced materials, LEED-certified design, an event space, and more. The entire operation was top-tier and mind blowing.
You know that if they put this much attention into their facilities, then the gear has to be incredible. And it is. But don’t take it from me; look at the reviews and testimonials about their products.
We were ecstatic when, after some time meeting the staff, Red Oxx graciously became our latest gear sponsor.
There was no question that Red Oxx gear exceeded everything we could expect from a travel bag.
Red Oxx items we’d like to add to our arsenal:
You get the idea. We’d pretty much use anything they make. Though there are many other items on the Red Oxx website, the above is what we have on our wishlist for our adventures.
We’re incredibly proud to have Red Oxx as our gear sponsor. Knowing we’ll never need another bag is about as good as gear gets.
Founded in 1996, TeraFlex has become a household name in the Jeep aftermarket community. We needed a really good solution for a tire carrier that could withstand not only the harsh terrain we travel, but also the added weight of equipment we place on the rear of our Jeep.
TeraFlex came through and sent us the JK Alpha HD Hinged Tire Carrier. This tire carrier is so good that Jeep itself started offering it as an optional upgrade on new Jeeps!
In addition to the tire carrier, we’ve purchased TeraFlex Outback Rear Coil Springs to hold up the cargo we’ve loaded on the back end of the Jeep, and the TeraFlex Nexus Steering Stabilizer, which allows us to adjust our steering on the fly.
We also have TeraFlex Falcon 3.3 shocks on our Jeep. They were given to me as a Christmas gift by my dear friends David and Rachael Rowley, the owners of Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos, Texas.
TeraFlex items not on our build yet, that we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
- JK/JKU Front Big Brake Kit w/Slotted Rotors
- JK 2-Door 3″ Lift – JKU 4-Door 2.5” Lift: Outback Front Coil Springs – Pair
We’ve been impressed with everything we’ve used from TeraFlex. If you haven’t watched the TeraFlex Dennis videos and want to see a company that has a sense of humor, then go Google that now.
Nobody talks about it, but everyone does it. We all need a place to go to the bathroom when we’re out in the wilderness. Sure you can use a shovel, dig a hole, and use a leaf…but we’d rather not.
We ran across the fine folks of Thunderbox USA at Overland Expo West when they recognized us from Jeepsies. They called me over to the booth and we chatted for a bit. Then to my surprise, they handed me one of their portable toilets to try out. It just so happened that Brittany and Caspian had some sort of stomach bug that weekend, so our newest gear sponsor couldn’t have come at a better time.
We had been looking for a toilet solution for a long time, but we wanted one that was durable, comfortable, and had a very small footprint. That’s the problem with most toilet solutions–they take up way too much room. But the Thunderbox folds down to an inch wide! This toilet is exactly what we were looking for and was quickly added to our arsenal.
Thunderbox items we’re hoping to add to our arsenal:
- In Viro Bags, which need to be kept on hand in order to use the Thunderbox
After using this toilet several times in some extremely remote areas, we’re really happy we’ve added it to our gear, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solution.
Gear Sponsors We’d Love to Work With
We don’t chase down gear sponsors. We usually find one another along the way. When companies realize we indeed travel full-time with a toddler, they often take notice. And when they realize we do a ton of events, public speaking engagements, and presentations, they see value in getting behind us as a gear sponsor.
As I stated in the opening of this article, we’re very selective about who we’re willing to work with. But some of the following companies have caught our eye. I’ll list them below with a link to the products we’re considering adding to our arsenal. If any of the marketing reps from these companies are interested in talking to us, then please contact us here.
If any other companies think they have some gear we’d be interested in, then know we take a look at everything. As I stated earlier, the answer is usually a respectful and grateful no, due to space constraints. But if you’d still like to reach out, feel free to do so here.
Without further ado, here are the companies that have caught our eye and the gear we’ve been considering adding to our overland arsenal.
67 Designs – They make incredible mounts. These are some of the 67 Designs mounts we’re looking at.
American Expeditionary Vehicles – AEV Snorkel with pre-filter.
Discount Tire – Because we travel full-time, we’d love to have a nationwide company that can help us with tires and wheel issues wherever we may be. We’ve been using Discount Tire for years, so we’re familiar with them and have been very happy with their service.
Garmin – Have you seen the new Garmin Overlander All Terrain Navigator? We’re drooling. Can’t tell you anything about it yet, but if they’d send us one, we’d definitely put it to the test.
Goal Zero – We have several Goal Zero items. We’d love to have them as a gear sponsor to work with. We’ve been eyeing the Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 400 for awhile now.
Goose Gear – Rear storage build-out. Have you seen their builds? How could we not want to work with them? Check this rear cargo system out!
Mickey Thompson – We’re on our second set of Mickey Thompson tires that we’ve purchased, so we’d love it if they’d consider getting behind us as a gear sponsor. We have a lot of miles ahead of us! We use the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3s on our Jeep and they are incredible.
MSR – Guardian Water Purifier. This has been on our list for a long time, too. We don’t have it yet, but we have a lot of international travel ahead of us and would love to add this water filter to our arsenal. We currently use MSR for all of our cooking pots, pans, and plates. We have this set which we love.
Rigid Industries – Exterior Lighting. We currently run two pods and a small light bar by Rigid Industries. They are fantastic. But we need solutions for our camping area lighting that is affixed to the Jeep. Would love to have Rigid Industries as a gear sponsor. We’re already huge fans.
Sea to Summit – Pretty much anything they make. Went into REI the other day, and every item I saw that we actually needed came from Sea to Summit. They make incredible gear for this lifestyle. In a perfect world, they would tell us, “Hey, we love what you’re about and we’d love to get behind you. Go to the Sea To Summit website and send us a wish list!” A guy can dream, right?
Wheels – We haven’t landed on a wheel company yet, but we’re currently running stock Rubicon wheels. We’d love to have something that is durable, can stand up to abuse, and also looks great on Guardian.
Gear Sponsor Summary
It should be noted that we’re not looking for a handout. We don’t chase gear sponsors down. We are limited in what we can use and carry. We also don’t mind paying for gear. This is our lifestyle.
But we’re humbled when a company sees value in getting behind our family and our travels. Being on the road full-time is tough and unspeakably rewarding. We get to meet amazing people, share our story at incredible events, and build relationships with those in the outdoor lifestyle community on a regular basis. Because of this, we enjoy telling others about the gear we use on the daily and it’s a natural way of marketing for our sponsors.
At most of our events, we’ll open the Jeep up for tours and set out all of our gear to be looked at. Folks often hesitate before they come over to our booth because they think we’re selling something. We’re not. As a matter of fact, we typically say as an ice breaker, “Don’t be shy, nothing is for sale here. We’re only here to encourage folks to travel and answer questions.”
When people realize there’s no “pressure” at our booth, they often come over and spend time getting to know us. Our motivation isn’t selling the gear, it’s selling the lifestyle because we genuinely love it so much. Inevitably, we’re asked about all of our gear. Because we’ve purposely chosen it, we’re happy to share why we have it, what a difference it makes in our lives, and how we use it.
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