Wheels Afield: Best Off-Road Vehicle Gear of the Year

Wheels Afield: Best Off-Road Vehicle Gear of the Year

We've featured a bunch of gift ideas for the sportsman/woman in your life. It is that time of year, after all, but what about the gear heads out there? Here is a collection of the best vehicle-related products that we have tested over the past year that would make even Santa's sleigh run smoother.

Jerry Cans

The ubiquitous NATO (originally German/Jerry) can was designed back in 1936, and interestingly enough it is still the gold standard today. These NATO cans, newly manufactured in Europe, are constructed of stamped and welded steel, then powder coated for rust resistance. Avoiding screw-on caps that leak, the NATO can sports a cam-locking lid that seals completely. The lid also can be locked to prevent fuel theft and has a replaceable gasket. The distinctive tri-handle design is unique and is not just for looks.

Weighing around 44 pounds full, single NATO cans are carried easily enough in each hand with the middle handle; if long distance hauling is required, two people can share the load using the outside handles. The outside handles also help bucket brigade from person to person for fast fuel transport, and empty cans can be carried two per hand. The raised portion on top of the can allows for vapor expansion and the throat has a built-in breather tube to eliminate gulping when pouring. It's an ingenious design that really hasn't been improved upon in 75 years.

Price: $35

Polaris | Engineered Vehicle Care

With the price of ATVs being what it is, it makes sense to give them the best care possible. Luckily, Polaris introduced seven products with care in mind. Dubbed Engineered Vehicle Care, it consists of XP Spray Wash, XP Wash, Mud Shield, Polaris Polish, All Purpose Cleaner, Instant Detailer, and Never Rust Spray.

While maintenance to your off-road partner should be done throughout the year, now is the perfect time to give your ride a complete once-over before putting it away for the season.

Price: $6-$40

Toyo Tire | Open Country R/T

I have logged tens of thousands of miles on Toyo's wonderful M/T tires. They wear well, are relatively quiet (for Mud Terrain tires), and are extremely capable in muddy conditions. So when Toyo released their slightly less aggresive Rugged Terrain (R/T) tire this year based loosely off the M/T design, I was all ears. Fitting squarely into their lineup between the existing All Terrain (A/T) and M/T Open Country lines, they fill a unique niche. The R/T not only looks great due to the aggressive tread and sidewalls, but also are noticably quieter for everyday driving.

The new R/T may be an ideal solution for those looking for a quiet daily drive, but with enough meat for weekends in the field. Made 100 percent in America at Toyo's Georgia facility, the R/Ts also feature a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty.

Price: $300-$400

Edge | CTS Evolution

If you really want to know what is going on under the hood of your favorite ride as well as have the ability to fine tune for performance, fuel economy, or towing, the touchscreen Edge CTS Evolution tuner is just what the inner-mechanic in all of us ordered. The dash-mounted, full-color 4.3-inch screen lets you monitor, control, and tune your vehicle on the go, and the accessory port allows you to cleanly add accessories like a DVD player or backup camera for one clean, factory-looking display.

The unit is available for a wide variety of makes and models in both gas and diesel configurations. For a limited time, the Edge CS and CTS are available in Mossy Oak Infinty Break-Up. It's just what the favorite gear head outdoorsman in your family has been hunting for all year.

Price: $450-$665

Adventure Tool Company

In a world of throwaway everything, it is refreshing to see a company produce use-inspired products that will last. Tired of either poorly designed or poor-quality products, Paul Carrill and his wife Amy founded Adventure Tool Company. Based in Colorado, all ATC products — tool rolls, atlas cases, tarps, tool and throw bags are handmade in the USA using 12 oz. waxed canvas, high-tensile strength nylon thread, YKK zippers, and MILSPEC components.

I abused them across the West for two straight months this past fall. Other than a bit of mud, they are like new. Best of all, there isn't a 'œHecho in China' tag found anywhere.

Price: $19-$99

Recommended for You

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather. Clothing

Field Tested: Lightweight Raingear

David Draper - May 30, 2019

Our picks for stuffable protection against any weather.

Check out these top choices for building out your reloading bench. Ammo

Roll Your Own: Best Reloading Supplies

David Draper - April 19, 2019

Check out these top choices for building out your reloading bench.

Companies in the outdoor industry know how to get our attention. We know, it might seem cheap, but SHOT Show

Booth Babes from the 2012 SHOT Show

PH Online Editors - January 18, 2012

Companies in the outdoor industry know how to get our attention. We know, it might seem cheap,...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 7: Beginner's Luck

Host Kali Parmley takes first-time hunter Danae Hale of CZ-USA to Wyoming for a mule deer hunt. After covering all the basics with Danae, the girls head into the field and what happens next goes way beyond either of their expectations!

Cheeseburger Poppers

Cheeseburger Poppers

David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 13: Forest Buffalo

Craig Boddington returns to Mozambique's fame Coutada 10 for a shot a forest buffalo that's eluded him for 10 years.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you. Conservation

Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd?

Jeff Johnston

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223 Ammo

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

Joseph von Benedikt & David Faubion

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious marinades. Recipes

8 Best Venison Marinades

Hank Shaw

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious...

See More Stories

More Overlanding

The newest offerings for off-road enthusiasts
When it comes to motorized transportation in wild Overlanding

2018 UTV Buyer's Guide

Derrek Sigler - August 28, 2018

The newest offerings for off-road enthusiasts When it comes to motorized transportation in...

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has spent the last decade and a half building a reputation for Overlanding

AEV RAM Truck

WA Staff - May 13, 2015

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has spent the last decade and a half building a reputation...

Rent Your Next Vacation home
Want to enjoy all the perks of a teardrop trailer without the cost of Overlanding

Trail of Tears: Off The Grid Rentals

WA Staff - May 18, 2015

Rent Your Next Vacation home Want to enjoy all the perks of a teardrop trailer without the...

See More Overlanding

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.