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Overlanding Gear Report: Smaller is Better

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  1. Gryf

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    Thanks for the article and it's interesting to see how gear is evolving. Our focus in the past was backpacking so all our camping gear is as light and compact as we could afford to make it.

    I've been trying to apply that same focus on lightweight bang-for-the-buck in the overlanding but the use needs of the equipment make it a big more difficult :)
     
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    Im trying to figure out a use for a shorter maxx trac. I carry 2 as it is and have wished for 4. Most of the time when I've had to use them, I need to get a little ground speed before hitting the surface again. The smaller ones look like I would just end up back where I started. Ive used mine in mud, snow and sand.
    I understand the small footprint for storage idea but, in my opinion some things shouldn't be made smaller.
    They would look cool on a small vehicle roof rack though.

    Scott
     
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    Cool stuff. It's amazing how things advance to be stronger and lighter.
     
  5. MOAK

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    Finally after 20 plus years I broke down and bought a set of TREDs three years ago. Previously I used all the other tools aboard to extract myself. I'll admit, digging out is a lot of work, at my age, so I when I use them I'm grateful for the labor saving device that they are. Short ones? I don't see the sense in them so it may be another 20 or so years until I do.
     
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    A long time ago, I carried two pieces of Marston mat. I wish we had something small and light then.

    Scott
     
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  7. Catdog

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    Great article! I'm always Interested in minimizing with good quality gear
     
  8. EJD

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    I'm considering the small maxtrax for my Jeep TJ. Space is extremely limited and I always like the idea of carrying traction boards but could never justify carrying 4 foot ones...this may be the answer! Hopefully half the size means half the cost too.
     
  9. Stepsride

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    I saw a video by Sir William Goes on YouTube about ActionTrax. I liked the story of them. I have never owned Maxtrax and do not deny they look like they work really well. However I ordered up some of these due to the story.

     

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