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Rungu Juggernaut Bike

Trike meets fattie in the 55.8-pound aluminum Rungu Juggernaut, a bike designed to take you up and over pretty much anything.

The bike comes with two forks, 26-inch wheels, and 4.7-inch tires. According to Rungu, the added third wheel improves float in the snow up to 50 percent and the bike can "overcome obstacles up to six-inches tall at crawl speed." Let's just say we’re excited to test those claims this winter. 

Need even more power to conquer the trails? The Juggernaut is fixed with mounting points for electric-bike kits.

$2,500, riderungu.com

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El Naturalista Meteo

El Naturalista, a socially-responsible footwear company based in Pamplona, Spain, joins the ranks of Birkenstock, Simple, and Keen in producing some of the most comfortable travel footwear I've ever owned.

The Meteo features full-grain, vegetable-tanned uppers, but the secret is in the sole's anatomical design. Ideal for collapsing arches (there's a removable insole you can swap out for your custom one) and pancake-footed adventurers, the Meteo will hold up on planes, trains, bikes, and all the walking your European sabbatical will entail. Available in a variety of cool colors, from mediterranean blue to conservative black.

$150, elnaturalista.com

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Is the EarthRoamer XV-LT the Most Ridiculous RV Ever Made?

For true adventurers, the traditional RV is the epitome of “blah.” There’s nothing exciting about a boring-to-drive, boxy vehicle that’s limited to campsites that are little more than glorified parking lots.

But there are other vehicles out there that can double as the ultimate base camp. Take the EarthRoamer XV-LT—which is a bit like a five-star hotel merged with an off-road truck.

Starting with a Ford F-550 chassis, the Colorado-based team at EarthRoamer converted the heavy-duty truck platform into a luxury off-road camper. Through efficient use of space, they managed to pack a huge list of features into the XV-LT. Better yet, they did it all elegantly with few off-road performance compromises.

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You want granite countertops? No problem. A stainless-steel refrigerator and freezer? Of course. The XV-LT also comes with a microwave (how else would you make popcorn to eat while you watch movies on the 32-inch HD TV with Bose 5.1 surround sound?) and a hot-water shower.

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And naturally, there’s heating, air conditioning, and a king-size bed. It all runs generator-free off of an internal battery bank that’s kept topped up with a 660-watt solar-panel array.

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But while the EarthRoamer’s bourgeoisie interior is a serious bonus, you’re ultimately buying this vehicle for its off-road capabilities. Thankfully, the options for off-road travel customization are just as plentiful as the ones for interior design.  

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If the 37-inch standard tires aren’t enough for you, EarthRoamer offers a 41-inch, aggressive military-spec tire that’s paired with an off-road air suspension system. If you’re worried about getting into trouble on the road, you can install front and rear electric winches that let you self-recover the vehicle.

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You will pay the price for this backcountry luxury. The price tag for an EarthRoamer XV-LT starts around $280,000, and rapidly goes up depending on the options you add. So it’ll cost you roughly the same as a Lamborghini, but hey, you can’t take the latter camping.

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Vertex Backpacking Stove

The Vertex Ultralight Backpacking Stove might be the most lightweight, simple backpacking stove we’ve ever seen—it weighs just 1.8 ounces and packs completely flat.

The stainless steel contraption is designed with a full, built-in windscreen and, with no moving parts or valves, it's easy to set up instantly. 

The stove supports Esbit 14-gram solid fuel tablets, which burn at low temperatures and high elevations, and can serve as fire starters in a pinch. Plus, you'll know exactly how much fuel you have left (no more running out of gas before your water boils). With the tablets, you can boil 16 ounces of water in about eight minutes, according to the company. The stove also works with the Trangia spirit alcohol burner.

The final bonus? The Vertex comes with a lifetime warranty.

$40, vertexoutdoors.com

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