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Apr 14, 2015

Overland Industry News: April 14, 2015

Here are the top headlines from the Overland, Off Road, Photography, and Outdoor Industries for April 14, 2015.

The Toyota Cruisers and Trucks April, 2015 issue is out!

It's here, so make some time to read this amazing issue of Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine cover to cover!Our team has gathered some of the best articles you'll see this year for our April 2015 issue, including:

  • Land Cruiser Roundup
  • Comet Chasing in a 4Runner
  • National Parks
  • 2015 CrewMax Tundra
  • Rear FJC LED light mod
  • 5th Gen 4Runner Snorkel
  • Long Term Cooper Tire Review
  • Overland Baja California
  • Hiking Survival
  • 2Way Air System
  • Rokmen Off Road

You can also get TCT delivered straight to your iPad or iPhone via the TCT Magazine app. At just $2.99 per issue, or $9.99 for an annual subscription, it's the best way to experience Toyota Cruisers, Trucks, and SUVs. We include videos & slideshows for many articles, and everything is fully interactive!
We're also excited to welcome a new sponsor for this issue: Give a warm welcome to XVenture Trailers!

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Apr 7, 2015

Review: Light Locks

It was late, and I had already gone to bed, when Krista heard a truck pull up in front of our house.  Krista didn't think twice about the sound, thinking it was one of the neighbor kids coming home after hours.  It wasn't until I walked out to the 4Runner the next morning that I noticed.  I did not notice immediately, though, it was one of those double-take moments.  I walked past the front of the 4Runner stopped, took a few steps back, looked down, and realized the front bumper was void of the LED light bar.

It was at this point that I was glad the neighbors, and their children, were not outside.  A string of expletives, that would have made a sailor blush, followed my discovery.  The thief was able to steal unbolt the light bar from the mounts and reached into the open grill to cut the power cord.  I guess I was more surprised that it was stolen, and I am sure the thief was surprised to arrive at home only to discover he stole a cheap Chinese-made bar.  I didn't expect this to happen, especially in the nice neighborhood we chose to live in.

Mar 25, 2015

Review: UST Duro 30 Day Lantern

UST Duro 30 Day Lantern

  • Output: 300 Lumen (maximum)
  • Light Modes: High, Medium, Low, SOS Flashing
  • Run Time: 30 days (low), 32 hrs (high)
  • Beam Distance: 7 meters 
  • Water Resistance: IP x 4
  • Impact Resistance: 2 meters 
  • Height x Diameter: 7.2" x 3.75" 
  • Weight (w/ batteries): 1.13 lb 
  • Power Source: 3 D batteries
  • MSRP: $49.99

UST Duro 30 Day Lantern Our Thoughts:
We picked up the UST 30 Day Lantern up from our local sporting goods store a back in 2013, more or less on a whim. We had grown tired of our old/heavy/big led lanter and were looking for something that had enough output to illuminate camp but could be dimmed so as not to blind oneself when using it in a tent.  The 30 Day Lantern seemed to fit our needs and has since lived in the back of our 4Runner, traveling with us on every adventure since then.  The old adage, 'Big things come in small packages', rings true with this lantern.  The whopping 300 lumens produced is staggering and we have used the 30 Day Lantern as the sole source of camp light on all of our camping trips since purchase.