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post #16 of 28 Old 05-11-2019, 10:29 AM
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Overlanding is to the 4X4 Community as tactical is to the gun community.

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post #17 of 28 Old 05-11-2019, 11:11 AM
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Basically long distance off/on pavement touring. The focus isnt hardcore off road use but still having a capable vehicle. The 4 wheeled version of "Adventure Motorcycling" if you know what that is.

Problem is the community has turned into sea of brand snobs who use it as a rolling shrine to how much money they can spend and crawl the curbs at the local mall.

Anything out there that has an overlanding vibe to it has hyperinflated pricing and people add so many whizz bang gadgets to their vehicles theyve gotta be WAY over their GVWRs.

Rooftop tents are a good example. Heavy as hell expensive as all get out. Same for a lot of other "overlanding" goodies.

The maxtrax is another good example. A reinforced polymer board that's 300 dollars for a set. That company is laughing all the way to the bank on those.

There are those of us that enjoy the act of overlanding I guess you could say without having to sell our kids into slavery to do it. I typically use my Jeep as a tent, my awning is a canvas tarp that I roll up and bungie to the roof when not in use, take a few minutes to setup and was cheap.

My cargo storage is just plastic boxes from Wal Mart. Though I would like to upgrade to Milkcrates since they are stronger lol

For good examples of the insanity that the community has turned into go to youtube and look at Expedition Overland, Trail Recon, and I'm sure there will be some suggested other channels that pop up. Most of these are heavily sponsored in some way. I think Expediton Overland is sponsored by Toyota, their current vehicles were given to them by Toyota IIRC.

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So something i could do in a Camry.
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So something i could do in a Camry.
I dunno.

You can do a lot of things in a car if you want. I found a Toyota Prius at the top of Santa Rosa mountain in California. It was missing a bumper but it made it. Certainly wouldn't be my first choice of tool for the job no more than a heavily modded rock crawler would be for a cross countey trip.

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I looked some videos up on YouTube while waiting on the dealership and it just seems most of it is pretty fair dirt paths.
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Well this took a turn.

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Seems like 99%of the time they are used like HiLift jacks. STuck to the top and sides of vehicles to get that "overland look" and rarely if ever get used.
This is probably the most accurate. Never seen them in person, and rarely see them being used.
Seems that these are more appropriate for situations involving sand.

4WD Action has a nice YT channel based off Australia, although representing most of what @downs mentioned.
They all carry Maxtrax and even then I've rarely seen them use them, mostly in sand.


Again, this is why I wanted to get an opinion here.

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They can work pretty well in snow. That's where I've seen them successfully deployed.
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I'm in the market for a set of recovery tracks, or traction device.
At the moment, Maxtrax appears to be the most popular choice although one of the pricier ones.

Does the Maxtrax blow the competition out of the water or is it worth looking into alternatives such as TRED, Smittybilt, Rugged Ridge, Rampage?
I appreciate any experience or suggestions.
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What are you anticipating using them for?

Snow?
San?
Mud?
The mall?

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Back on topic...
What are you anticipating using them for?

Snow?
San?
Mud?
The mall?
I don't see any snow throughout the year.
Sand and mud are more likely.
Not something that'll go with me everywhere either.
Only things I carry daily are an air compressor, straps, and a first aid kit.

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I say go with the no name from ebay or Amazon. Check out this review of no name vs maxtrax


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I don't see any snow throughout the year.
Sand and mud are more likely.
Not something that'll go with me everywhere either.
Only things I carry daily are an air compressor, straps, and a first aid kit.
Airing down in sand will get you just about anywhere.
You gotta wanna get dirty if you need to get under a rig stuck in the mud.
Perhaps the money may be better spent on a winch?

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Airing down in sand will get you just about anywhere.
You gotta wanna get dirty if you need to get under a rig stuck in the mud.
Perhaps the money may be better spent on a winch?
Already got a winch setup in a cradle that I can hook up to the front or rear.
Now that you mention it, probably better off spending the money towards onboard air and deflators.
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Phhfftt.. who needs plastic tracks.. these are what you need..

http://pronghorngear.com/linktrac/

it either that or some old tank treads..

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To try and answer the OP's original question:

Maxtrax are about $325 a pair. X-Bulls (ebay or Amazon) are about $75/pair (video a few posts above comparing the two). If you've got room for them, it can't hurt, & might help to have some. Some folks swear by them.

Maxtrax are extremely well made, and are probably the gold standard for these sort of things. However, are they really that much better than the $75/pair X-Bulls? Probably not. If I were going on an extremely long overlanding trip (say through South America for a year) I'd probably get the Maxtrax. But for what I do (weekend four-wheeling or a week-or-two duration "overlanding" trip), the X-Bulls are fine. And I want four of them (one for each tire), so $650 for two pair of Maxtrax vs. $150 for two pair of X-bulls... yeah; lots of stuff I could do with that $500 difference. I'm also locked front and rear, and have a winch.

They do take up space; I can either put mine on the roof rack on the Jeep (they really don't weight that much), or I can put them on my trailer. If we take my wife's Subaru Crosstrek up into snow country, we can strap them to the car's roof rack cross bars.

They are especially handy if Jeeping in snow. And since I'm "armyRN", of course I got them in OD green.

As far as Overlanding goes, there are mall crawler Overlanding vehicles just like there are mall crawler Jeeps. You can go as cheap or as expensive as your imagination and budget allows. I think of Overlanding as just another way I can enjoy my Jeep. I'm leading a group to the Arctic Ocean this summer with my Jeep and home-made trailer. I'll toss a kayak on the top of the Jeep for the trip.
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