Two years ago we were in Portugal preparing for the West African journey and our friend Billy suggested that we should try out the General Grabber X3, a tire which he considers the best on the market. He even went so far as to have a set delivered to us before we left for Morocco (you are a legend Billy).

We were so impressed by the performance of the X3 in the deserts of the Sahara and the mixed extreme terrain of Western Africa that last year we published a review of the X3 in the Overland Journal confirming that these are, in fact, the best mud terrain tires we have ever used!

A few months ago General Tire USA reached out to us and we have since installed a new set of X3's for the Cape Town to Vladivostok journey with the help of General Tire South Africa. The previous set are still in excellent condition and would likely have lasted all the way to Russia.

Those of you who have followed our adventures know that we only work with the best and we are stoked to be setting off on the longest possible overland journey knowing that we have General Tire in our corner and an excellent set of MT's which will serve us faultlessly. Yeehah!!


Kensington's tailor-made journeys are carefully crafted to deliver a personalized adventure like no other. They build extraordinary, enriching experiences curated just for you and then they put the best private guides at your service, 24/7.  They have a passionate team of destination specialists intimately versed on the new, the old, the different, the must-sees, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world. Their specialists curate and customize each and every itinerary to exacting specifications based on an understanding of what's important to you, what makes your heart pump, your brain fire and your butterflies flutter.


HOWLING MOON supplied us with the Tourer 2.4 Roof Top Tent which has housed us snugly for almost three years and has survived a cyclone, Patagonian and Bolivian gales, months of exposure to the sun, ice, humidity and an almost constant insectoid assault. We have slept in this awesome tent every night for 24 months of our travel and have only needed to replace the rain cover and some mozzie netting.  Legendary.

MELVILL & MOON took one look at our old seat covers and told us to burn them, they were not up to the job of protecting our seats and providing extra storage. I asked Rob if he was serious that I had to burn the old covers, he looked up at me like one would look at a large child with special needs. I have those days. Our family of four has been unable to break even one zip, or leave a permanent stain, or damage a thread of these indestructible seat covers. Cockroaches will establish communities in M+M products after the apocalypse. If only we could get our hands on some of their luggage and camping gear...


Our Snomaster fridge has not had an easy life so far, it has travelled across three continents and has endured beaten, undulating third world roads, extreme temperatures and unreliable power sources. When we hunker down in a brick and mortar home for a few weeks the fridge is dragged indoors and used as a backup or primary fridge. We have lost the power chords and have broken a remote or two but the fridge soldiers on despite the constant use and abuse.

Now, if only we had space for a Snomaster ice maker…

Snomaster CL56D Classic Series Stainless Steel AC/DC Fridge/Freezer -

In 2012 we took delivery of a box of clothing from Craghoppers, we were off to conquer the planet and they agreed to clothe us, partially. We were young, ambitious and determined. Last month they sent us another box of clothing, including a set of boots for each of us. I have friends whose marriages have not lasted as long as our friendship with a clothing brand. Are we biased? Absolutely, but it is the bias of knowledge and experience. My children have hiked Torres Del Paine wearing Craghoppers clothing and we have swapped and shared articles of clothing as they grew. We still have almost every article of Craghoppers clothing we have ever possessed.



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