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PRODUCT TEST & NEW STUFF

RHINO-RACK PIONEER THRU AXLE BIKE CARRIER

The new Rhino-Rack Pioneer Thru Axle Bike Carrier is the brand’s first bike carrier specifically engineered to attach directly to the Pioneer Platform. The kit comes preassembled with a 15 x 100mm through-axle insert, and Rhino-Rack offers additional sizes to suit different bikes. The front of the bicycle is secured with a fork carrier that can be rotated to prevent handlebar clashes with other bikes. The rear wheel can be quickly and easily secured via a strap, and the rear wheel carrier can be flipped to fit on smaller trays. The carrier housing is made from black satin powdercoated steel, while the inserts are blue anodised aluminium to prevent corrosion. The Thru Axle Bike Carrier is rated to carry up to 17kg on-road and 11kg off-road.

RRP: $129

Website: www.rhinorack.com.au

MYCOOLMAN POWER PACK

The myCOOLMAN Power Pack allows you to run your portable fridge/freezer when not connected to your vehicle’s battery. The Power Pack has been deigned to magnetically attach to the side of myCOOLMAN fridges. It incorporates a 15amp/h lithium-ion battery that provides a 4°C fridge runtime of between eight and 18 hours at 25°C ambient temperature, depending on fridge model and contents. A blue LED displays the battery’s state of charge and remaining capacity. Safety features include short-circuit protection, overcurrent protection, over-charging protection, over-discharge protection and overheat protection. The unit weighs in at 1.65kg and the battery is housed in a water-resistant case rated to IP65. It’s covered by a one-year warranty.

RRP: $399

Website: www.mycoolman.com.au

OUTLAW 4X4 STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUSTS

Outlaw 4x4 has recently expanded its range of stainless steel exhaust systems for 4x4s. Most of Outlaw 4x4’s exhausts are offered as ‘turbo back’ systems, which include a high-flow turbo dump pipe for maximum turbo response, a high-flow diesel-spec catalytic converter where applicable, mandrel bent tubing, a premium quality flex joint for system longevity and minimal NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), and high-flow tube and muffler designs. All systems are manufactured using 409-grade stainless steel, and full stainless steel mufflers are employed to ensure they operate as designed long after lesser mild steel or aluminium-coated mild steel systems have failed.

RRP: From $1100-$2000

Website: mercurymufflers.com.au

VICTORINOX ALTMONT ACTIVE

Victorinox has launched its lightest ever backpack range, reducing the weight of its Altmont Active bags by 30 per cent. Made from lightweight, durable and water-repellent nylon, Altmont Active bags feature multiple pockets, an exterior cord system for use with gear loops, compressionmoulded back panels, an airflow system, and adjustable sternum and shoulder straps. There’s also a mesh waterbottle holder in the main compartment and a dedicated space for a hydration bladder. A reflective print aids visibility at night and the packs are available in a variety of colours (black, dark teal and red) in sizes ranging from 18 to 35 litres. To suit individual requirements, users can choose between a compact style, cap or roll-top models, an expandable version, or a rucksack that converts into a duffle bag. There are also optional rain covers ($45.95-$49.95).

RRP: $219-$319

Website: www.victorinox.com

ROYAL ROBBINS BUG BARRIER SHIRT

If you don’t like the mozzies and other insects bugging you in the summer months, then perhaps you need to throw on a Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Expedition long-sleeve shirt. Available in men’s and women’s sizes in a variety of colours, the shirt is made from Bug Barrier fabric which is claimed to provide odourless insect protection. The material is lightweight, breathable, quick-drying and provides 40+ UPF protection. Features include classic chest pockets, clean styling, tabs for sleeve adjustment, and a hidden button-down collar.

RRP: $129.95 (women’s); $139.95 (men’s)

Website: www.paddypallin.com.au

NARVA WIRELESS CHARGERS

Narva has developed a range of wireless chargers that allow charging of compatible devices without the need for a power cable. The range consists of five wireless charger models: the Wireless Phone Charging Mat with silicon-moulded base, generous charging area, anti-slip texture and raised edges; the Wireless Phone Charging Cup designed to sit in a cupholder and equipped with a phone slot for phones up to 6.5 inches; the Wireless Charging Air Vent Phone Holder with gravity lock system to securely hold the phone while charging; the Wireless Charging Magnetic Phone Holder that can either be affixed to a vehicle’s louvred vents or be more permanently secured to other areas on the dashboard using included 3M tape; and the Wireless Charging Suction Mount Phone Holder designed to mount directly to a vehicle’s windscreen.

RRP: From $59

Website: www.narva.com.au

ARB ZERO FRIDGE FREEZER

Keep your beverages cool and your dinner frozen with ARB’s allnew Zero Fridge Freezer range. Available in two sizes - 69 litres and 96 litres - the Zero offers easy access to contents thanks to a side-opening, quick-release lid. It also features handy front and rear DC inlets, while there’s also a front AC inlet for when camping at powered sites. A USB outlet also provides a charging point for gadgets and gizmos. The dual cooling zones on both units can be independently controlled via a panel or wirelessly via a Bluetooth-enabled device. The 69-litre unit has one lid and an internal freezer compartment that can be removed if desired to increase fridge space. The 96-litre unit features two separate compartments, each with its own lid, completely isolating the freezer and fridge sections from each other. Both Zero models also feature a ‘boost’ function to rapidly cool down contents, as well as ‘anti-condensation technology’.

RRP: $1599 (69L); $1799 (96L)

Website: www.arb.com.au

4WD TREKS CLOSE TO MELBOURNE: FOURTH EDITION

The fourth edition of 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne includes 20 of the best 4WD adventures within two hours of the city. Whether you are looking for an easy trek for a family outing or a serious off-road adventure, 4WD Treks Close to Melbourne highlights some of the best picnic, walking, camping, swimming, fishing and four-wheel drive destinations on Melbourne’s doorstep. It’s equally suited to those looking for an easy trek for a family outing as it is to serious off-road adventurers. Each trek is colour-coded for driving standards and includes detailed route maps, driving directions, essential contact information and details on picnic and camping areas.

RRP: $49.99

Website: www.booktopia.com.au

MSA 4X4 TRADIE GEAR AIR LUMBAR SUPPORT SYSTEM

MSA 4x4’s new Tradie Gear Air Lumbar Support System has been developed to provide adjustable support where and when you need it most. According to MSA 4x4, the quick-fit design enables the system to be installed and removed in a matter of seconds, allowing for easy transfer between vehicles. It incorporates a fully adjustable air-inflated bladder insert that allows you to position the support exactly where you want it, and you can even install up to four internal bladders to provide multiple support zones.

RRP: $89

Website: www.tradiegear.com.au

SACHS MAX SHOCK ABSORBERS

SACHS has developed a range of shock absorbers designed specifically for the needs of four-wheel drivers. Called SACHS Max, the design is based around larger and more durable components, resulting in greater fluid capacity and better heat dissipation. Increased bore size and upgraded seals are claimed to minimise heat generated through friction for more consistent performance under repeated loads, while internal valving has been designed to optimise damping characteristics to promote a more comfortable and safer ride. The SACHS Max range covers more than 65 fitments, including popular vehicles such as Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and LandCruiser, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max.

RRP: From $196.35 (each)

Website: www.sachsmaxshocks.com.au

BUSHRANGER REVO VEHICLE RECOVERY WINCH 12S SYNTHETIC

Bushranger has added a new 12,000lb model called the REVO 12S to its range of electric winches. REVO features include low current draw, four-stage oversized gearing, fast line speeds and a proportional friction braking system that will hold 100 per cent of the rated load with no slippage. A zero-drag brake allows for easy unspooling, while a fully sealed IP67 motor and gearbox gives protection from water and dust. The REVO 10W is supplied with wire rope, while the 10S and 12S models are supplied with synthetic rope. The REVO can be mounted in 22.5-degree increments and comes with a multi-mount control box. Both the 10S and 12S models also come with a wireless hand controller for cord-free operation. The REVO 12S is supplied with 24m of 11mm synthetic rope and 1850mm battery leads, and it weighs 35kg. All Bushranger REVO winches are covered by a limited lifetime mechanical warranty and a seven-year electrical warranty.

RRP: $945 (10W); $1045 (10S); $1195 (12S)

Website: www.bushranger.com.au

EFS 4X4 ACCESSORIES X3 TACTICAL TORCH

Offering plenty of versatility, the EFS 4X4 X3 Tactical Torch is a three-in-one LED light with a raft of clever features. The key to the X3’s versatility is its three interchangeable lights: Torch, Blade and Flexi. The adjustable LED Torch head has a Cree XPG LED delivering 250 lumens, and it provides wide- and short-angle focus for nearby or long-range illumination. The LED Blade head transforms the X3 into a work light and features a COB LED with an output of 350 lumens, and a magnetic base. The Flexi head has a Cree XPG LED that emits 200 lumens and its flexibility allows the user to see in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices.

RRP: $104.99

Website: efs4wd.com.au