Though big in size, the dimensions of today's utes and 4x4 wagons doesn't necessarily equate to having the luxury of space. It is all about how you pack that counts and this is where storage solutions can vastly expand the carrying capacity of any ute and 4x4 wagon.
MSA 4x4 has expanded their Explorer drawer system range to now includes a variant for the popular 100 Series Toyota LandCruiser, whereas Shimano has released a new luggage range to carry your tackle, and Eagle Creek has introduced a swank new Cargo Hauler duffel bag.
MSA 4X4 Explorer drawer system: Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series
The just released Explorer Aluminium storage drawer system for Toyota’s (still) popular 100 Series Cruiser is fully ADR crash-tested and compliant to all relevant ADRs.
Cargo barrier mount points – and the child seat restraint points – are incorporated into the rear of the drawer frame. Patented features include the stay-open block that stops a heavy, loaded drawer from accidentally shutting and it also acts as twin electrical when the drawer is open, thus creating a circuit that powers the unit’s LED strip lighting.
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The ‘Pro Glide’ system ensures the sides of the drawers aren’t wasted space – they are part of the actual slide unit, so no need for side-mount slide runners. Custom-sealed bearings are utilised in the over-extension, eliminating the need for extra slide components, and it’s all backed by a lifetime warranty.
Shimano tackle luggage
Shimano has released a new tackle luggage range, with five products that cover all your fishing-gear storage needs.
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The Travel Wrap includes a 10-compartment tackle tray and a mesh pocket for storage of tools.The Game Lure Wrap is designed to eliminate the potential for tangled lures. It includes six large Velcro-sealed sleeves and the ability to store XL lures. Soft plastic lures are a pain to keep organised, but the Soft Plastic Wallet, with its 10 Velcro removable sleeve and eight internal mesh pockets, takes care of them perfectly.
The XL Hardtop Tackle Bag is water-resistant with a reinforced base and tie-down point. Three large pockets are also included. The Soft Tackle Back Pack includes a hard sunglass case, four tackle tracks and more.
RRP: $149.95 (XL Hardtop); $99.95 (Soft Tackle BP); $39.95 (Soft Plastic Wallet); $39.95 (Game Lure Wrap); $29.95 (Travel Wrap)
Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler duffel
Duffel bags are tough and easy to pack with heaps of gear, making them a permanent item on our packing list for big trips. Eagle Creek has tweaked what we expect in a duffel, using lightweight robust materials in the construction of its new Cargo Hauler range.
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These duffels are made with water-repellent-coated Bi-Tech Armor Lite fabric, and include bar-tack reinforcement to all high-stress points and six heavy-duty tie-down points to ensure they’re able to be taken – and loaded – anywhere, inside or outside your rig.
They also include numerous carry options via the removable backpack straps, loop handles and side handles. The zips are lockable, and it can be packed into its own compartment when not in use. It is partially reflective for easy location at night. The Cargo Hauler is available in four sizes: 45L, 60L, 90L and 120L.
RRP: $140 (45L); $150 (60L); $170 (90L); $180 (120L)