Is Overlanding's Popularity Wrecking or Saving Our Trails?

29 mar 2021
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Overlanding is one of the fastest growing trends in the entire car world. WIth the popularity of the outdoors exploding, more people than ever are taking their SUVs out on the trail and camping! But with so many people out on the trail, that has government officials, environmentalists, and other overlanders asking the same thing: Is this good for our trails? Today we’re looking into the positives and negatives of the trendy hobby.
Further reading:
www.xoverland.com/overlanding-blog/treadlightly/
pioneeroverland.com/blogs/overlanding/responsible-overlanding

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  • Join the subaru gang!!!! They are amazing for overlanding and are alit more capable than you would think

    brandon collinsbrandon collins6 ore fa
  • Toyota only

    Tony ZsetTony Zset7 ore fa
  • Cant believe i just heard of this now! Instantly thought how eco-friendly overlanding could be with electric veichles, self-produced energy, and of course no littering!

    Spectacular SpaghettiSpectacular Spaghetti2 giorni fa
  • there are 2,908 comments ahead of mine, but what you're looking for is a vehicle with the minimum interior space (with seats down) of an Outback. you don't need a pop up tent, you can just sleep in the back. it's amazing.

    Molly BergMolly Berg2 giorni fa
  • Love my crosstrek nolan! lifted on bigger tires!

    Stephani McKillopStephani McKillop4 giorni fa
  • I’m planning on turning my moms old Jeep Liberty into an over landing rig

    Brew-Master JackBrew-Master Jack4 giorni fa
  • That one overlanding website that basically said don't throw batteries out... How do you not know that?

    TailsTails4 giorni fa
  • The only thing ruining our trails are sxs's

    adrenaholic1adrenaholic14 giorni fa
  • Brooo Crosstreks are the best. I have a 14 I LOVE it. Great on gas, can go anywhere, can load anything, and it’s stock. A twin size air mattress fits perfect in the back when the seats are folded down

    Kieran JosephKieran Joseph5 giorni fa
  • another sub section of overlanding that has exploded over the years are adventure bikes. the are the real overlanders with a low footprint

    Josiah TJosiah T5 giorni fa
  • But if you take a long Ford and put it on off-road wheels😳.0:41

    GameRecordChilloutGameRecordChillout5 giorni fa
  • I inherited my grandpa's Trailblazer and it's taking everything in me to not lift it, buy a brush guard, roof lights and taillight guards.

    Simba TheGreatSimba TheGreat7 giorni fa
  • Nolan, I have a 2018 Crosstrek I bought used. 6spd manual. I'm averaging 28 MPG...it has a very short first gear, good clearance and can maintain highway speeds with ease. My ex's RAV 4 is a bit more comfy...and easier to work on , but I like the flat 4.

    Bryan BowenBryan Bowen7 giorni fa
  • Dude YES get a crosstrek! Its small, but I love taking it camping, ive slept out of it, on top of it, next to it. Forded rivers in it, you cant get the thing stuck! The AWD is closer to 4 wheel drive than the AWD from 10 years ago with its viscous limited slip diff. Oh also would you tell James ive found his adopted father. Matts offroad recovery is his father, like 99% sure

    Jacob HortonJacob Horton7 giorni fa
  • I love my crosstrek. I've lived out of it on road trips. Get one

    Phil ProulxPhil Proulx7 giorni fa
  • Sucks we live in the U.S.S.A. and don’t live in a free country

    Ivan JimenezIvan Jimenez7 giorni fa
  • Get a Crosstrek

    Jarrett ThompsonJarrett Thompson7 giorni fa
  • Totally agree with this video. Seems like many trails in my area have gotten worse as a result of the recent overlanding craze. I’ve seen it first hand. Increased vehicle traffic is has contributed to increased erosion and ruts in existing trails making them more difficult to drive. Vegetation damage. More trash. Fewer nice spots to enjoy the outdoors without crowds. Also not to mention all the inexperienced out there making mistakes and getting stuck. Disclaimer: I do not overland but often drive forest service roads for work or sometimes to reach a nice fishing spot.

    Alec VillanuevaAlec Villanueva7 giorni fa
  • Best way to explore is by dual-sport motorcycle, bicycle or on foot. By all means, use your car to go the national park but when over there, just walk or cycle! It's way more fun and will reduced your chances of spreading the image of fat 'Muricans. Plus you'll even be able to hear the sound of your famous Eagle, thing you wouldn't not be able to do in your SUV with A/C turned on.

    DamezcaDamezca8 giorni fa
  • @ 7:59 "POP POP UP AND DOWN TRUCK TENTS" - Random Stuff Garage, 2021

    RANDOM STUFF GARAGERANDOM STUFF GARAGE8 giorni fa
  • Throw Trash Catch Hands #SonsOfSmokey

    Tyler DailyTyler Daily8 giorni fa
  • For Nolan, I have a 2015 Crosstrek with the 5-Speed set up for some light off roading and I love it. Would recommend to anyone that is looking for a great option as well as great economy in the city.

    MrTruggyBoy2.0MrTruggyBoy2.09 giorni fa
  • In other words, "City people" are the problem

    CrayZcartsCrayZcarts9 giorni fa
  • Been overlanding in a lifted 08 Subie Outback for the last 3 years, 243k miles going strong💪

    Maxwell McCombMaxwell McComb9 giorni fa
  • After the great reset, National Parks are going to be closed: Our national parks will be used to pay off our national debt.

    Delta PhilipDelta Philip10 giorni fa
  • oh dude the Crosstrek even with just a few power bolt-ons is wonderful

    Jackson RileyJackson Riley10 giorni fa
  • Ima take my brz to climb rocks

    Emmanuel PuentesEmmanuel Puentes10 giorni fa
  • Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it folks. There will always be someone who leaves their trash, be the good guy and pick it up.

    Nuclear FacilityNuclear Facility10 giorni fa
  • Here in Botswana over landing is our lifestyle.

    Phetogo KgathiPhetogo Kgathi11 giorni fa
  • Don't medowstomp if you go out you ruin it for those of us that go out to take the more challenging trails with our $$$$$$$$$$$$ into expensive purpose built rigs. Have fun but stay on the trails people.

    Thomas CarterThomas Carter11 giorni fa
  • This looks like a purely US-American trend. We don't have that here. We have "camping" but we don't have "overlanding". And yes, it looks like they only do it for the likes.

    JanTubeJanTube11 giorni fa
  • I have a 2014 Crosstrek. The CVT can be frustrating at times. My remedy for the "lack of power" is using the paddle shifters to downshift. The engine is totally adequate when used with a manual transmission or paddle shifting override. Not much into camping but I do take it to the trailhead for hiking/biking. Also a pretty nice ride for a day trip into the mountains. Taken mine to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite already.

    Kenny JeongKenny Jeong12 giorni fa
  • I’m an avid off-roader but what I hate is people don’t pick up after themselves! Pack out what you bring in....

    Angl0sax0nknightAngl0sax0nknight12 giorni fa
  • Overlanding is just clout grabbing while leaving a trail of trash behind.

    Ben WilsonBen Wilson13 giorni fa
  • When the bro caravans hit the woods with their 5th wheels tossing empties and dirty diapers all over the wilderness. save the earth stop a birth folks.

    Gary GrinkevichGary Grinkevich13 giorni fa
  • The crosstrek is a great safe car but it’s only if you wanna do easy trails to get to perform as well as an older yota truck or suv though is very expensive

    Corey BlancoCorey Blanco13 giorni fa
  • Crosstrek meh

    Jason SJason S13 giorni fa
  • I used to work for subaru and when I needed to go on a parts run or just go get food I would take a company crosstrek sport. I think the crosstrek is actually one of the best vehicles in their lineup. It's a pretty spacious ride for the size of the car with plenty of room to haul people, pets, or just trip essentials. The ride height is a great too, at a goldilocks level of not too high and not too low. You'll clear small to mid-sized rocks, especially with a lift kit, but you don't have to worry about not seeing the road in front of you. I loved the sporty feeling of it as well, even though it's not a fast car by any means, it makes you feel like it's a racecar. If you're in the market for one I'd say go for it, but you might wanna buy it new since subaru owners tend to trash their interiors haha

    Yoshi TaddaYoshi Tadda13 giorni fa
  • I'm 70 years old. Back in the late 50's, my parents started taking us kids camping to National Parks like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. We camped in a tent, as did most people in those days. There were no palatial motorhomes, no 5th wheel monstrosities being pulled by behemoth, gas guzzling pick-up trucks. As a result, we'd pull the family station wagon into a Park like Yosemite, pay our fee, pick out a campsite, pitch our tent and lay out our sleeping bags. It was a unique wilderness experience that we simply could not get living in the city or in the cookie cutter suburbs that were rapidly expanding throughout the country. There were no reservations required, no eternal lines of traffic and no shuttle busses because of the traffic. All that has changed. The crowds at the more popular National Parks are ridiculous! Reservations are sometimes required a year in advance. In an effort to escape these "Disneylands of the wilderness", people have purchased vehicles capable of going into more remote areas away from paved roads, and away from the hordes of people that now overwhelm many National Parks. However, in so doing we've created more problems. Sensitive environmental areas are being overrun by too many overlanders with their rigs equipped with heavy off road tires leaving their scarring "footprints" on the land. Thoughtless, inconsiderate people leave trash and other debris, including human feces for others to clean up. They don't follow the rules by overstaying their time limits. The homeless have found sanctuary on BLM and U.S. Forest lands and erected semi-permanent camps. While young partiers take their alcohol and guns out for wild weekends in their 4 wheel drive pick-up trucks. The government is always short of funds when it comes to many of these lands so the end result is more and more are getting shut down, ruining for everyone. We all love our wilderness areas and it seems we are loving them to death. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know that future generations are going to pay for it.

    Ricardo roamsRicardo roams13 giorni fa
  • Wanna see some awesome 4wding id say some of our Australian channels are some of the best

    Scarecrow HunterScarecrow Hunter13 giorni fa
  • The you tube algorithm brought me here because I was getting replacement parts for a jeep.

    SBA Tower02SBA Tower0213 giorni fa
  • Gf has a Crosstrek. She loves it. I love it. The back seats fold flat so you can sleep inside the car (F rooftop tents). It's also great on gas and feels like I'm driving a go-cart. It's definitely a fun little car. I'm biased though and I'd say get a Land Cruiser! 100 series!!!

    13 milespergallon13 milespergallon13 giorni fa
  • Over landing is easier than never. GPS devices are why easier than paper maps and travel guides.

    stanhrystanhry13 giorni fa
  • If you litter your a pos

    Kelton DerkachKelton Derkach13 giorni fa
  • Definitely seen more trash out there since the pandemic. This tells me they're new people out there who do not understand the basic outdoor golden rule - leave no trace. Easiest solution is to not add geolocations when posting or have social media platforms remove that feature.

    Francis NgoFrancis Ngo13 giorni fa
  • That being said, can you guys let me know what the largest tires I can run on my taco without a lift?

    Jay BonesJay Bones14 giorni fa
  • Overlanding? You mean off-roading? Don't try to make it trendy or hip

    Mini Bike MorganMini Bike Morgan14 giorni fa
  • Matt’s off road recovery is a great Channel for this!

    USSINDYBOY ZUSSINDYBOY Z14 giorni fa
  • Are you going to an episode on the epa and the rpm act? Because it would ruin overlanding as well

    kris joneskris jones14 giorni fa
  • Wife has a crosstrek. She loves it. I'm not a fan of cvts but the manual probably fun

    Tj PettusTj Pettus14 giorni fa
  • APR from 19.99 %. 🚽

    Sune KaftonSune Kafton14 giorni fa
  • Humans being humans Nothing new here

    GaaraGaara14 giorni fa
  • I think the funniest thing about this hype is running into people with decked out rigs on the trail being too scared to use their trucks properly.

    Rhythm OutsideRhythm Outside14 giorni fa
  • If you wanna watch a good 4wd /overland show look up 4wd247

    Kai ReidKai Reid14 giorni fa
  • Chokecherry canyon was this beautiful place in 1999 full of juniper trees and sharp rugged terrain. Fast forward to now and it is completely barren with round over hills and trails. One generation of off-roaders destroyed a whole area.

    Shawn GreenShawn Green14 giorni fa
  • I've had my Crosstrek for 3 years and it's a very capable car for light to medium overlanding as it comes. I have the 6 speed manual so I can't speak to the CVT issues that some people complain about. The stock ground clearance was good enough for me to take on moderately rough forest service roads although I have since added a 2.5" lift and larger tires to help with the rougher roads I have to travel for work. I did build a sleeping platform for the back because I was spending months at a time living out of it with my dog and the backseat does not fold flush with the hatch area. I'm not a tall person (5'7") but I fit perfectly sleeping in the back. I will admit for long periods of time it can be cramped to live out of like this which is why I'm building a small off-road teardrop trailer to tow behind it, but for shorter trips it works great.

    Justin BroderickJustin Broderick14 giorni fa
  • Is he really trying to compare a rock crawling rig to something that somebody set up for camping? The “overlanding” crowd is more environmentally conscious than any other automotive sport trend there is!

    Bendejo 1984Bendejo 198414 giorni fa
  • LEAVE. NO. TRACE.

    Lucas BlanchardLucas Blanchard14 giorni fa
  • Great video, people always need a reminder to clean up their shit. Nothing I hate more than a beautiful landscape covered in trash. As for the crostrek, my dad has one. They're good little cars but absolutely gutless. I'd go with something larger like a Forrester or a Cherokee Trailhawk

    Sean FSean F15 giorni fa
  • Ecs tuning rally wagon vibes

    It'sParkerSmithIt'sParkerSmith15 giorni fa
  • Get a second gen manual crosstrek noah. Has the 6 speed with better low end gearing. Theyre great cars, cant recommend them enough... just quite slow so youd probably be limited with the amount of gear you could take if going on tougher trails

    Original SadeOriginal Sade15 giorni fa
  • Not a crosstrek owner but currently own an outback and this is my fifth subaru after two wrxs and two outback sports (similar size to a crosstrek) i test drove a couple crosstreks before I decided on the outback cause I wanted more room for trips. They got just enough power for its weight, not fast but zippy or quick. Great gas mileage after driving a v8 4runner. Maintenance can be a lil pricey but if you stay on they last. And if you pick one up and go that route of overlanding, it'd make a great series. Smaller wagons and crossovers can do a lot with a little and it can show those who are interested but don't wanna buy a new 40k car or a 8k 2000s suv. Gives that happy medium of nice daily to cruise around in but also you can take it to the woods and spent some time.

    MustachesPizzaMustachesPizza15 giorni fa
  • This boy scout always leaves his campsite better than how he found it.

    Brad KingBrad King15 giorni fa
  • And I’m that note I love my fj80 even more

    Sebastian // SBGSebastian // SBG15 giorni fa
  • Crosstrek is a horrible car dont get one

    Tyler RicheyTyler Richey15 giorni fa
  • Nolan, I love my crosstrek. Get one, I dare you.

    Connor LegaultConnor Legault15 giorni fa
  • I got my crosstrek in November and I have put a couple over landing mods on it, it’s also a 6 speed manual and I absolutely love it. It’s my daily to work and school And hopefully when I find the time I can take it out on some trails. And if you get snow, trust me Subaru is the best car to have, when the Texas snow storm hit I was driving around pretty much all week and didn’t slip a single when I didn’t want to. But when I did want to slip, you can control the drifts perfectly in this car. So yes I highly highly recommend this car if you don’t care about the underpowered issue.

    Jakub CJakub C15 giorni fa
  • I love my 2021 Crosstrek sport!! Im 6 ft and i have plenty of room!

    marley234marley23415 giorni fa
  • If they never get used, what's the f*** point of having trails?

    2ANGRY 2DIE2ANGRY 2DIE15 giorni fa
  • My Lowered 4WD 3rd Gen 8 Cylinder Explorer with 16's is suddenly looking reeeaaaally comfy

    SCE 2045SCE 204515 giorni fa
  • Crosstrek it great! I love mine! But... be ready to never pass another vehicle ever again. Great car way under powered and if you know that going into one you'll be ok. I got the manual transmission and it makes it better.

    Cade AlexanderCade Alexander15 giorni fa
  • Crosstrek is good but you will be limited to what you can do and where you can go. It all depends on the type of exploring you want to do. You'll be pretty much limited to only fire roads.

    Jimmy ImJimmy Im15 giorni fa
  • I HAD a cross trek and I loved it. I had a 2019 with the CVT and loved the car but hated the transmission. It cut me back often made me wish I had gotten the 6 speed. I’ve driven other people’s 6 speed manuals and they’re fantastic. If you get a cross trek, get the manual.

    Deniss MillermonDeniss Millermon15 giorni fa
  • Car Camping is also known as homeless for many. So keep them trails open by taking your crap you bought back home.

    P KuudskP Kuudsk15 giorni fa
  • I will legitimately fight someone if they litter in a national park.

    Dakarai ReedDakarai Reed16 giorni fa
  • Noland your "overlanding fitness level" looks good bro 100. Keep it up!

    PaulwalPaulwal16 giorni fa
  • I just bought a 2021 Crosstrek premium and within the first week took it on a light overlanding trip and it did phenomenal. Actually surprised me on how capable it really was.

    Dylan AmmermanDylan Ammerman16 giorni fa
  • Hey Nolen, Subaru crosstreks are super fun cars, I've had one for around 5 years and they're super fun. They are super reliable, handle good and sounds like a wrx haha. But the 4wd is incredibly handy and i don't plan on selling my crosstrek.You should definitely look into one!

    Cooper GiesenCooper Giesen16 giorni fa
  • It is 4 wheel driving where I am and we don’t go to a Shitie national park we go to bum fuck no were

    jett elliotjett elliot16 giorni fa
  • I’ve had my Crosstrek for a couple years and I love it. It’s not the most powerful but it’s gotten me through the Midwest winter and some trails in the Dakotas and Wyoming while still all stock . It also has great gas mileage for daily driving.

    SamSam16 giorni fa
  • Overlanding, or basically camping as I've always done it. Out in the boonies. I always thought it pathetic when people would go "camping" and never leave the pavement.

    dewboy13dewboy1316 giorni fa
  • This is why automakers shouldn't market to people who prioritize comfort over practicality so often

    Rosso RacingRosso Racing16 giorni fa
  • Thought you were talking about boonie hopping there for a second. A 4X4 or 4WD is needed if you want to make it out of the desert. And it's just a quick thing to do, like burning donuts, instead of 4X4 Camping.

    The MichaelThe Michael16 giorni fa
  • Loved my Crosstrek! However....it is small. I’m 6’5” and that was fine when my kids were 3 and 4 but when they got to 9 and 10, I had to upgrade to the Forester and that is an amazing car too!

    Brendan MooreBrendan Moore16 giorni fa
  • I love my 2017 Crosstrek, but for more serious off-roading, I use my first gen 4Runner. Both, great vehicles!

    Jose VazquezJose Vazquez16 giorni fa
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    Dominic TanDominic Tan16 giorni fa
  • Donut feels like a TV show I would’ve watched on TV growing up feels good

    FILEBERTO CHAVARINFILEBERTO CHAVARIN16 giorni fa
  • I drive a 2014 5-Speed Crosstrek and it is so much fun! I think it might be the slowest car I have ever driven but I love it. @nice_subi_dumbass

    Tyler CarlsonTyler Carlson16 giorni fa
  • call it camping and going for a 4bie like us Aussies. p.s We do everything offroad better :)

    Gypsy_on_DrugsGypsy_on_Drugs16 giorni fa
  • I got a 2013 Crosstrek and its not bad. it lacks power and fancy gadgets but its a perfect for me and can take me up to the mountains in Colorado and haul a couple bikes in the back.

    Jake SmithJake Smith16 giorni fa
  • cross trek is great the rear door goes more vertical than the Forrester I hit my head on the fozz door too often

    Benjamin NaugleBenjamin Naugle16 giorni fa
  • Nolan could very well replace my Legal, Business, History and Geography classes!

    robotomorobotomo16 giorni fa
  • I had a roof top tent in the mid 90's. I got it for free from my aunts boyfriend that was starting up a company that was going to make them. Had it on top of my '86 Jetta. I never saw another one for years!

    JustinLegendJustinLegend16 giorni fa
  • I love my Crosstrek, just wish it had more power!

    Nathan RadmallNathan Radmall16 giorni fa
  • Pack out what you packed in

    Yo momma's PimpYo momma's Pimp16 giorni fa
  • The way i see it the government is directly at fault , they have used the schools and media to purposely turn the average person into a mindless drone that can't think for itself . And the only fix is to use the same programming methods to make people care about the environment . It works for religion , it sells cars and many other things by programming people into believing that they need that product . Hell it's convinced a whole generation of people into thinking their 4 door front wheel drive garbage is a sports car . Programming could be used for some good , instead of just a way to make money and take advantage of people .

    jerry hendersonjerry henderson16 giorni fa
  • you need more soy....

    I careI care16 giorni fa
  • I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe, it’s leveled on 33s. Fucking love that truck, it goes anywhere I want and does anything I want. Amazing vehicle if you maintain it properly.

    Isaac RiezIsaac Riez16 giorni fa
  • people are all cooped up due to the plandemic.

    I careI care16 giorni fa
  • I live in Nevada, what is a "National Park?" its all BLM and 99.9% free to camp in.

    I careI care16 giorni fa
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