This will be a new series of articles covering After Action Review (AAR) points from my 10 day trip in New England. I will break this down by category, but for today it will be the five most useful or most used items for the trip. Future articles will go into truck mods, apps, camping gear and clothing.
- WeBoost Reach! This cell booster has consistently performed well since I installed it in Montana this summer and has allowed greater flexibility in route changes on the fly as well as uploading content during remote trail portions. It is so good in fact that when you finally loose service you have to remind yourself that it’s part of overland travel and not to get frustrated. Well worth the investment!
- Jungalas by Esee Knives. This is a very robust knife that has replaced my axe, and machete. While moderately intimidating and possibly illegal in certain areas, This is a very handy tool, with plenty of cutting power that I like to keep in the cab of my truck on the trail!
- Cell Phone. Navigation, camera, communications, and entertainment. Need I say more?
- Nitto Ridge Grapplers. This was a last minute upgrade and a critical one. With hybrid performance between Mud Terrain and an All Terrain, the beefy sidewalls were critical for protecting against rocks and tree stumps. I only got stuck once, which was solved rapidly with Maxtrax, and most of the credit I will give these new tires. Noise is minimal and fuel milage was about .5mpg less than before.
- CBI bolt on rock sliders. Save my truck. Without a spotter certain trail sections would have resulted in body damage.
Honorable mention. I only needed the snorkel once, but the water was over the head lights and possibly would have been a deal breaker for the day.