"Keep your shirt on, use a Winch Weight." That's the motto used by Winch Weight founders Warren and Janice Wilkes. After witnessing a tricky winching operation involving three separate winch lines on Hell's Gate during the 2000 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, where every available jacket and shirt was used to weigh down the tensioned lines, the idea came to light. "Keep your shirt on," Janice suggested. Hence, Winch Weight was born.
The Winch Weight is a saddlebag-type device designed as an additional safety measure to be used while winching. The bag fits over a winch line and weighs it down so that should a winch cable sever, the chances of the cable flying out of control are decreased. The Winch Weight is offered as an alternative to the popular practice of weighing a cable with a jacket or other such object; an alternative that is well worth its weight from a safety standpoint.
The bag itself is constructed in the U.S. from the highest-quality 1000 Denier Cordura Plus nylon, with all stitching done in nylon-bonded thread in a lock-stitch pattern to prevent any unraveling. Additionally, each bag is coated with urethane on the inside, making it water-repellent, and has a DWR finish, which prevents rotting and mildew. The Winch Weight is equipped with dual Velcro pockets at the bottom sides of the bag that can be filled with sand, and additional Velcro pockets for storing other winching tools, such as clevis hooks and gloves. The bags feature a carrying handle on top and a Velcro strip on the underside, which can be used to secure the bag to a winch cable in situations where the bag may slip when winching at steep angles. Winch Weights are available in red, royal blue, and black, and they are an excellent addition to any 'wheeler's vehicle checklist. And at the very worst, you'll end up keeping your head attached to your neck while that shirt stays on your back. Just a thought.