Posted on July 03 2020
When it came time to send our new Limited Edition Roaming Lost Field Watch Set out into the wild, we decided there was no one better to put it to the test than John Kingston himself.
When it came time to send our new Limited Edition Roaming Lost Field Watch Set out into the wild, we decided there was no one better to put it to the test than John Kingston himself. He and his overlanding friends set out for West Coast coastal trails with a view - overlanding fanatics are notoriously tight-lipped about any awesome crawling spots they find.
This is in part to prevent overcrowding but also to protect the integrity of landscape and nature on these trails. What they would tell us though, is that finding great crawling spots close to the beach that are also relatively uncrowded is tricky and rare. However, Kingston and his crew know a thing or two about how to find them and managed to secure an incredible stretch of the rugged coastline all to themselves for several days (a feat in and of itself). They spent the time putting the new Limited Edition Roaming Lost Watch set to the ultimate test - and, of course, their custom-built overlanding vehicles.
The trip started with the weather gods paying them zero favors, sending days of rain, muddy rivers, eroding cliffs, not to mention, lightning, which, of course, made the trip significantly more challenging but also that much more fun. After securing an incredible stretch of rugged coastline to themselves, the crew set out from our respective home bases and made their way to the camp for a few days of campfires, trail running, and beers.
Next up was the overlanding component of the trip - aka, why all these guys were here. As all overlanding fanatics know, there isn’t a way to test the limits of a build until you cross over the line. Kingston and his crew managed to do that on the first day. After getting set up a bit, they went out to try out some new suspension and gearing with the new tires. Kingston’s truck crossed a small river easily, Jamie was next and veered straight into a five-foot trough that nearly swallowed his truck. They scrambled to get a tow strap hooked up and Kingston used all the power his diesel motor had to drag Jamie’s truck through to a dry spot. They opened the tailgate and doors and water came gushing out. Luckily, there were no major issues with mechanical or electrical. It was just a matter of a really wet truck, but carpet will dry out eventually.
The next day it poured pretty much all day long and after the escapades from the previous day, the guys decided to chill for a bit and wait out the rain. They made a fire under a canopy, sat around eating, drinking, and waiting for some breaks, which didn’t come until the next morning. The final day, they hit some steep trails and got to see what each truck’s drive system was really made of. After several miles of abuse and speeding through fun puddles and streams, it was time to call it quits, load up and head home. The trip was an overall success, one that not only put the custom trucks to the ultimate test, but the new Roaming Lost Field Watch set as well. Rainy, muddy conditions can be tough on watches but the Field Watch held up at every turn. And while the guys loved using the key fob and wearing the paracord survival bracelet on the trip, we’re happy to report that they did not need to actually cut open the survival bracelet and utilize the paracord… this time.