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TREAD September - October 2021

A Guide To Automotive Adventure & Outdoor Lifestyle

United States
Engaged Media
$9.27(Incl. tax)
$26.52(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
pumping iron to build the creative muscle

Back in college, I took an art class called “Design & Color.” There were some legit artists who were getting art degrees in my class. However, I wasn’t an artist. I didn’t know about the color wheel or which medium I preferred. To me, “medium” was still a T-shirt size. I was challenged beyond belief and was frustrated several times, but I proved to myself that anyone can be an artist. I never really thought of myself as a creative person either. I tend to lean more on the left side of my brain; it’s more comfortable there. However, just like any muscle, when pulled and stretched, it will grow stronger and surprise you. Taking on the position of editor has challenged me to build my right-side brain muscle. On a regular…

3 min
out fitted

O1. MAC’S TIE DOWNS/ JEEP GLADIATOR VERSATIE TRACK BED KIT Made for the Jeep Gladiator, these install easily into the factory-threaded inserts found on the JL. Thanks to the no-drill installation, this task requires nothing more than a #3 Phillips screwdriver. They provide adjustability via its 1-inch increments, and tie-down rings are cleaner and easier to adjust than the stock version. The kit includes three pieces of VersaTie, six Single-Stud Tie-Down Rings and stainless steel installation hardware. MSRP: $276 macscustomtiedowns.com O2. GREY MAN TACTICAL/ VEHICLE SEATBACK RMP KIT Keep your important gear close at hand by storing it securely on the back of your vehicle’s seats. Grey Man Tactical’s RMP is a MOLLE-style seatback rig that attaches to the rear side of your vehicle’s seat. It can be customized to hold everything from your…

3 min
gear box

01. NAKIE/RECYCLED HAMMOCK WITH STRAPS What can be better than relaxing in a hammock by the lake on a lazy day? How about if the hammock you’re in is made from 100 percent recycled material? Nakie is doing its part for the environment by making each of its hammocks from 37 plastic bottles. What’s more, the company also plants four trees for every hammock that’s purchased. Aside from giving you peace of mind, the hammock is designed to be strong and durable and is easy to set up. MSRP: $109 nakie.us 02. SOL/FLAT PACK BOWLS & STRAINER SET Be ready for any campsite meal prep with the Flat Pack Bowls & Strainer Set. Each set includes one 1.5-liter bowl, one 2.5-liter bowl and a strainer. The set’s total weight is just 21 ounces, and…

2 min
rock ‘n’ roll

Have you purchased a new vehicle recently? Are you looking to refresh your existing ride? Look no further than a capable set of wheels to upgrade your stock rollers with. Take pride in your off-road rig by installing a set of wheels that’ll make your vehicle look better and will also allow it to crawl and explore tougher terrain. We’ve collected some of the latest wheels to hit the market. Which one is calling out to you? BLACK RHINO WHEELS/RAID The Raid is a concave, multi-spoke, off-road wheel featuring a motorsport ring with an off-road-inspired lip. Standard finishes are gold, matte black, matte bronze and matte red in 17-, 18- and 20-inch sizes for 5-lug and 6-lug trucks. blackrhinowheels.com DIRTY LIFE RACE WHEELS/CANYON PRO 9309 The light and tough Canyon Pro from Dirty Life Race…

1 min
made the cut

Time really does fly, doesn’t it? We’re already halfway through the year, and that means we’re rounding up the latest blades to be released midway through 2021. There are a few emerging knife trends we’ve been keeping our eyes on, and those trends are represented in the selection of knives we have on display here. Some of the popular models include knives designed for lightweight utility, while others are dedicated to compact toughness. Which type of knife suits you the best? 01. KERSHAW/ BRACE OVERALL LENGTH: 4.9” BLADE LENGTH: 2.0” BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV HANDLE MATERIAL: Stainless steel WEIGHT: 0.9 oz. MSRP: $35 kershaw.kaiusaltd.com 02. TOPS KNIVES/ 3 POINTER TAN CANVAS OVERALL LENGTH: 6.63” BLADE LENGTH: 3.13” BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58 HANDLE MATERIAL: Tan canvas Micarta WEIGHT: 2.4 oz. MSRP: $125 topsknives.com 03. CRKT/ M16-03BK BRONZE W/BLACK BLADE CLOSED LENGTH: 4.66” OPEN LENGTH: 8.25” BLADE LENGTH: 3.55” BLADE MATERIAL: 12C27…

3 min

“IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR LEISURE TIME AT THE LAKE OR OTHER CALM WATERS, THE KAYAK’S TOP CHAMBER CAN BE REMOVED TO TRANSFORM IT INTO A SUPER-STABLE STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD IN SECONDS.” DIMENSIONS: 11’ L x 33” W x 14” D CAPACITY: 300 lbs. AVERAGE WEIGHT: 41 lbs. OPTIMAL INFLATION: 10–15 psi O1 COCKPIT The Deus Aero's sit-on-top design and self-bailing cockpit keep you comfortable and dry during your time on the water. O2 TRANSFORMABLE The Deus Aero can be converted from a sit-on-top kayak to a stand-up paddleboard in seconds. Simply remove the top chamber, and it becomes a super-stable stand-up paddleboard. O3 CONSTRUCTION This kayak is constructed with Bote’s AeroBOTE Technology to ensure peak rigidity and performance, as well as easy set up and breakdown back into its storage bag. O4 DURABILITY The Deus Aero’s military-grade PVC skin means the kayak can…