TREAD January/February 2020

A Guide To Automotive Adventure & Outdoor Lifestyle

United States
Engaged Media
6 号


editor’s letter

Change is good. Challenge makes us stronger. Never in a million years would one think going out to the middle of nowhere with people you barely know, just met, or simply chatted with online, would be a great idea. In fact, one that even created excitement. Well, the notion may seem outlandish to most, but to the like-minded, that’s normal. Once exposed, I realized I finally found a place where I belong. The silliness of the concept didn’t strike me as odd until someone said, “Kelly was madefor this. She just got done spending the weekend camping with strangers.” And you know what? That person was right. I wouldn’t have it any other way. When something just feels right, you know. And where that adventure lead me was here, writing my first…

rock ‘n’ roll

Warmer-weather months are best for travelling, cruising and looking for adventure. As we enjoy the last transitional weeks of fall, it’s an opportunity to spend time on and off the road and be seen in your decked-out ride. A set of sharp-looking, strong and capable wheels can simultaneously help your rig stand out from the crowd and conquer new terrain. Let’s take a look at some of the latest wheels to hit the market. Which set would you choose? BLACK RHINO/SANDSTORM The Black Rhino Sandstorm RF wheel offers a rally-inspired sport wheel design to the Black Rhino wheels lineup. With a wide range of sizes and widths, the Sandstorm is compatible with a multitude of five-lug and six-lug trucks, SUV wheels and crossover wheels. The Ridge rotary forged wheel uses a thin…


O1. WARN/TRANS4MER GRILLE GUARD FORD RANGER The third iteration of Warn Industries’ modular, versatile Trans4mer Mounting System is now available for the 2019 and newer Ford Ranger. They are constructed of heavy-gauge steel with a durable black powdercoated finish to protect against corrosion and work with all current WARN large and mid-frame winches. MSRP: $718.57 O2. FRONT RUNNER OUTFITTERS/SLIMLINE II JEEP JL The Jeep Wrangler JL Extreme Roof Rack Kit is shipped complete with foot rails, inner brackets, front bar RR mount and a Slimline II tray. Weighing a total of 86 pounds, the full kit allows for Jeep owners to open the windscreen and Freedom Panels without any interference. Enjoy the open freedoms of your Jeep without sacrificing weight or space for your friends to tag along. MSRP: $1,685.00 O3. EIBACH/PRO-TRUCK COILOVER 2.0+…

gear box

O1. PLATYPUS/GRAVITYWORKS 4.0L SYSTEM Use gravity to your advantage when using this water filtering system. Gravityworks filters up to 1.75 liters a minute without any pumping. This high-capacity water filter is one of the easiest and quickest methods to filter water in the backcountry. The system has an 8-liter total filtered water capacity for any use you can think of including drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. MSRP: $110 O2. TAKEYA/24 OZ ORIGINALS INSULATED WATER BOTTLE With a capacity of 24 ounces, the Takeya Originals bottle holds enough of your favorite beverage to keep you hydrated during any activity. It features a leak-proof Original Spout Lid for easy, controlled, one-handed drinking. Vehicle owners would also appreciate that the bottle fits in most cup holders as well. MSRP: $28 O3. BUBBA/7” TAPERED FLEX BLADE Be sure to…

made the cut

When one thinks of survival, a good bushcraft knife most likely comes to mind. Bushcraft, the art of wilderness survival, lends itself to camping, and the skills needed for both camping and survival lend themselves to a good bushcraft knife. Whether you’re out in the Alabama Hills or in the Appalachian Mountains, a good bushcraft knife can help you set up camp, start a fire and so much more. They are versatile and can be used for many tasks, such as wood carving. One can even attach it to a stick to form a spear. Bushcraft knives, needing to be sturdy, usually come with a full tang, meaning a strong, sharp blade that won’t easily break with heavy use. So check out these offerings of bushcraft knives and grab one…

snow switch up

OVERALL LENGTH 121 inches OVERALL WIDTH 47 inches OVERALL HEIGHT 46 inches FUEL CAPACITY 12 gallons EST. DRY WEIGHT 477 pounds 1 PERFORMANCE ENGINE The Switchback PRO-S is powered by Liberty engines that feature class-leading power-to-weight ratios. It sets a new benchmark for ultimate performance. BRAKES The AXYS Radial disc brake will bring your sled to a stop. DRIVE The Switchback PRO-S uses a chaincase drive system with a P-85 drive clutch. 2 SUSPENSION/FRAME SUSPENSION The AXYS front suspension gives riders balanced control, while the PRO-XC rear suspension is lighter and stronger to give better performance and control. Pitch is controlled by the front torque arm, which also increases travel and improves rail profile. CHASSIS The AXYS chassis design delivers the rider balanced control through right rider positioning and centralized vehicle mass. 3 TECH INSTRUMENT PANEL The MessageCenter Gauge keeps rider aware of sled operating conditions, as well as other…