Plan Ahead: Off-Road Recovery Gear
Off-roading can be an exciting and adventurous experience, but it can also be risky if proper safety measures are not taken. Of course one of the most important considerations when off-roading is having the right recovery gear. This gear is essential in case you get stuck or need to help someone else who has become stuck. And let me tell you, the last thing you want to be is stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no way to extricate. Here's some ideas for off-roading recovery gear essentials, including some of the best brands.
Where there is a winch, there is a way. A winch is the perfect equipment to pull your Bronco out of a sticky situation. A winch can be mounted on your vehicle or carried in a vehicle-mounted rack. The best brands for winches are Warn, Superwinch, and Smittybilt.
Recovery Straps and Kinetic Energy Ropes
Tow straps are designed for pulling or towing vehicles.
Tow straps should not be confused with “Dynamic” recovery straps like “Snatch” straps or Kinetic Recovery Ropes. Dynamic straps are designed to store large amounts of kinetic energy in the stretch of the rope, tow straps on the other hand do not store this quantity of energy.
Shackles are used to connect your winch to other vehicles or anchor points. Soft shackles can be used as a lightweight replacement connecting rigging instead of steel shackles.
A snatch block can double the pulling power of any winch or change your pulling direction without damaging the wire or synthetic rope.
Tree Saver Strap
A tree saver strap is used to protect trees when winching.
A Hi-Lift style jack is a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of off-roading recovery situations. These jacks are multipurpose recovery tools designed to do more than just lift. Their value is not just in their ability to lift, but to also winch, spread, hoist, clamp, etc.
Having the right off-roading recovery gear can make a big difference in case you get stuck or need to help someone else. Make sure to invest in quality gear from brands such as Warn, Factor 55, Smittybilt, Rugged Ridge, and Hi-Lift, as it can mean the difference between a successful recovery and a disastrous one.