Alloy+Grit 2017 Holiday Giving (and Getting) Guide
It’s that time of the year again. Time to hunt for that elusive perfect gift for a loved one who has everything. Or the perfect gift to put on your own wish list. Either way, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite items from the past year and we’re sure any Land Rover enthusiast on your list (even if it’s only you) would be thrilled to receive any one of these.
Face it, a radio controlled Defender may be as close as you ever get to owning one of these iconic machines. You may as well make it a good one. Traxxas recently introduced this officially licensed replica of the Defender 110 in its TRX-4 series. Built on a steel frame, this one is built for serious fun in the harshest of terrains.
The Traxxas Defender features a two-speed gearbox for rock crawling or fast driving. Remote locking differentials on the front and rear axles deliver maximum traction when it’s needed, and portal axles add ground clearance. It comes outfitted with all the adventure gear you’d expect to find on a real Defender: a full roof rack with jerry cans and high-lift jack, a snorkel and a functional spare tire.
Truck arrives ready to run, with no assembly required. Controller is included, but battery pack is sold separately, with two options available.
DUBARRY MEATH FIELD BOOTS – $479.00
Time on the trails invariably means time spent outside of your truck. The right pair of boots is as essential to your feet as the right tires are to your truck, especially when things go FUBAR. We’ve fallen in love with these tough boots from Irish outfitter Dubarry.
The Meath boot is a low-cut slip-on made from the company’s own DryFast DrySoft waterproof leather and lined with Gore-Tex. A deep lug sole provides grip on any surface. Rugged enough for the trail but civilized enough to be worn every day. Think of it as an investment in your feet, guaranteed to give you years of reliable service.
There are lots of options when it comes to diagnostic scan tools, but we love the convenience of the iLAND advanced diagnostic tool. It uses a Bluetooth-enabled dongle that plugs into your vehicle’s OBD-II port communicating with a smartphone-based app. No cables to trip over, and you can use the phone anywhere within range to scan the vehicle.
The software allows functions beyond just code reading, including programming and maintenance. Reset your service reminders, properly bleed your ABS brake system, and reprogram TPMS sensors and keys.
KNIGHTSBRIDGE OVERLAND SEAT COVERS – From $270.00/set
If you’re looking for a practical gift that will last (and be appreciated) for years, a set of custom seat covers from Knightsbridge Overland might be the perfect fit. Made of heavy-duty Cordura fabric, each set is custom made to your Land Rover’s specific seat design, including openings for armrests, separate headrest and armrest covers, map pockets on front seatbacks, and complementary piping in the Land Rover tradition.
Oil, water and dust resistant, these American-made covers a great way to cover up weathered upholstery on older vehicles or protect newer leather from the ravages of the elements. Available in standard expedition spec, or can be upgraded to tactical spec with military-style MOLLE webbing system for keeping life’s necessities close at hand.
We’ve put together a special package to commemorate our first year publishing Alloy+Grit magazine. Our Series One Box Set features all four issues of our first volume, each one individually wrapped and packed in a custom-made bare oak keepsake box. Designed for storage or display, one end is removable for access to the contents.
Constructed of furniture-grade American red oak, each keepsake box is delivered bare, but can be stained or varnished to individual tastes. Each one is hand-stamped with the Alloy+Grit logo and the “Series One” circle logo on both the forward-facing panel and the removable end piece.
This is a limited edition set. Only 100 examples will be available for sale.
ARB ADVENTURE LIGHT 600 – $59.00
We’ve been using this light since we first picked it up back in the summer, and it may well be our favorite flashlight ever. Putting out either 300 or 600 Lumens, this compact LED lamp delivers brilliant light for up to six hours on a charge. With a strong built-in magnet and a pair integrated hooks, the lamp is perfect for whether you’re working under your vehicle as a task light or just hanging it inside your tent for camping. Small enough to keep in your glove box, it comes with USB-port AC and DC power supplies, allowing you to recharge it virtually anywhere you have power.
BARBOUR LAND ROVER DEFENDER COLLECTION – From $59.00
Land Rover and Barbour have partnered on exclusive clothing collections for years. The latest collaboration is the Land Rover Defender Collection by Barbour. The nine-piece collection includes original new takes on the classic Barbour waxed-cotton coat, as well as contemporary quilted poly jackets, a pair of sweaters, and a handful of exclusive shirts.
The Defender collection is available exclusively through Orvis.
ALLOY+GRIT GEAR – From $22.50
You asked for it, and now we have it – just in time for the holidays. We’ve created a handful of quality clothing items with the Alloy+Grit logo, perfect for the next club gathering.
Our 100% cotton, American-made tees are available in black or green in men’s/unisex sizes with the A+G logo on the left chest. We also offer a women’s cut tee in black with the logo discreetly applied to the left sleeve.
To cover your head, we offer a trucker’s cap in gray/black with the Alloy+Grit logo embroidered on the front. Or if you need to keep winter cold at bay, we also offer a knit beanie in black with white trim and the same embroidered logo.