Author: Ross Hartley

Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

Hema HX-1 Navigator

Ok ok ok… I admit it… I love tech stuff. It’s so fun! New gadgets just make my day! And when you combine tech and off-road exploring… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! So when the Chart and Map shop contacted me offering a Hema HX-1 Naviagtor to play with… well… the conversation went something like this:

Them on the phone to me sitting at home: “Hi! Just wondering if you’d like to grab a Hema HX-1 off us to review.”

Me moments later running through their front door: “GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!”

Having had experience with the previous version, the Hema HN7, getting the opportunity to get my paws on Hema’s latest and greatest was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

So let’s take a look at it shall we?


Hema Navigator HN7 Review

If you take a look at the HEMA website, then you’ll find that HEMA say that the HN7 is Australia’s most powerful touring machine. I thought it’d be a good idea to find out what all the fuss is about. Luckily for me the Chart & Map Shop were kind enough to provide a brand new HN7 for me to play with for a weekend away down in WA’s south west.

It’s always fun when a new toy arrives. And I was soooo looking forward to this one. I love playing with stuff. Stuff is fun.

I’ve previously played with HEMA’s HN6 and also for the no-longer-available Mud Maps M7 so I was looking forward to seeing how the HN7 compared.

And then it arrived. The box is quality. I mean really, it’s just a box right? But when the box is well thought out it does give you some kind of indication that the rest of the product will follow suit.


4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

 The Chart and Map Shop asked me if I would take a look at a couple of 4wd books and write up a review for them. “Sure!” I said. I love this kind of thing. I’m always looking for the next adventure, the next track. Anything 4wd is a good thing if you ask me!

The two books they sent were the 4wd Days Out of Perth (4th Edition), and the 4wd Weekends Out of Perth (3rd Edition). The books are written and published by Ian Elliot and Nick Underwood, two of WA’s best known 4wd enthusiasts. Their passion for showing fellow adventurers our great state is demonstrated throughout these books. They have obviously invested some significant time in not only discovering interesting 4wd adventure tracks, but also in finding out the history and little-known facts of the areas that the tracks run though.


HEMA Navigator HN6 review

I’m the first to admit that I’m a gear freak. I used to be a rock climber and so over a number of years, I collected all the wiz bang, you beaut bits and pieces of climbing equipment that you probably really don’t need. But they’re cool.

Then my interest turned to Beach Volleyball. I bought volleyballs, nets, court markers, hats, sunnies. Mostly because having the stuff is fun. Did I play better Volleyball? Of course not…

I’ve always loved the outdoors and now that I’m a family man, getting out there with the whole family is sensational.  To achieve this, we’ve become a family of avid four wheel drivers and campers. Now there is a financial black hole for you! You could spend money on your 4wd and your camper forever and still want more gadgets. There is so much cool stuff out there!!! Suspension upgrades, off road tyres, draw systems, dual batter systems, awnings, tyre pressure monitors, battery monitors, tyre pressure gauges, compressors to reinflate your tyres, tyre repair kits, high lift jacks, LED lighting solutions… the list is literally endless. And for a gear freak like me, it’s a very dangerous world in financial terms.

So when The Chart & Map Shop asked me if I’d like to write a review for the latest HEMA Navigator HN6, my first thought was ‘Awesome! I get to play with a new toy!’ Did I actually think about writing the review? Did I consider sitting in front of a computer for hours wondering what I’d write? Did I actually have any idea how to write a review?

No, of course not… And so here I am…



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