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2016 Recovery Gear Buyer’s Guide

Posted in Product Reviews on December 26, 2015
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Smittybilt Recoil Kinetic Rope
Smittybilt’s new Recoil Kinetic Rope is made from Nylon 66 material that stretches up to 30 percent to provide a cushioned recovery. Thirty feet long, the 1-inch rope has a 30,000-pound breaking strength and the 1 1/2-inch has an amazing 60,000-pound breaking strength. The ends of the rope are coated with Ico-Thane 10 for cut and abrasion resistance. Information:

Ramsey Patriot 9500 Winch
The Ramsey Patriot 9500 UT Winch has a unique feature that saves time for self-recovery with Ramsey's patented semiautomatic clutch. Simply rotate the disengagement handle, pull out the cable, attach it to an anchor point, and press the wireless remote from the anchor point. The winch automatically engages the clutch and begins pulling in the cable. The Patriot 9500 UT is built rugged and strong with a 9,500-pound line pull using Ramsey's proven and efficient three-stage planetary gear system. This winch includes 105 feet of 5/16-inch galvanized aircraft cable with a replaceable clevis hook and has all the dependability that off-road enthusiasts have come to expect from Ramsey Winch.
Ramsey Winch

Warn Epic Snatch Block
Used properly, the multipurpose Warn Epic Snatch Block can double the pulling power of any winch or change your pulling direction without damaging the wire or synthetic rope on your winch. It also helps to reduce heat buildup and amp draw during recovery. Finished with E-coat and able to accept both wire and synthetic rope, the forged steel snatch block is reliable, durable, and ready for action.

ARB Recovery Points
ARB 4x4 Accessories has introduced a new product line of vehicle-specific recovery points, with the goal of setting an industry benchmark for how recovery points are designed and tested and how they perform. The main section of this recovery point is made from a 20mm steel plate strengthened with 6mm gussets plates. With left- and right-side applications available for the 2010 and later Toyota FJ Cruiser and 4Runner, these recovery points can be fitted alongside any combination of factory bumper, ARB bumper, factory skidplates, and ARB Under Vehicle Protection (UVP).

Mac’s Utility Mat
Mac's Utility Mat is a lifesaver when you are working under your vehicle on the trail. This knee-saving, 2x4-foot foldable mat is a plush yet tough 3/4-inch-thick foam pad fused with 100 percent polypropylene fibers. Stain, oil, and chemical resistant, the Utility Mat can withstand whatever you throw at it while effortlessly providing convenience and comfort. It is made of material similar to lifejackets, so it won't retain water and can't mold or mildew.
Information: Mac’s Custom Tie Downs

Quadratec Winching Accessory Kit
Don’t be caught without these winching essentials! This kit from Quadratec incorporates the recovery gear needed for winching tasks. The ballistic nylon bag has four big pockets to organize and store all of the included equipment. The kit includes a 2x8-foot tree trunk protector with a 30,000-pound rating, a 2-inch by 30-foot recovery strap with a 20,000 pound rating, a pair of galvanized 3/4-inch D-ring 9,500 pound shackles, a 20,000-pound capacity snatch block, a vinyl winch line damper, and sturdy gloves.

VooDoo Rope Shackle
These American-made synthetic rope shackles from VooDoo Offroad are perfect for attaching your recovery rope to closed-loop anchor points. The lightweight one-piece construction won’t rattle or rust and has no parts to lose. Just slide the open end through the eyes of your VooDoo Rope and attachment point, then close by sliding the loop over the knot to close the loop tight around the base of the knot. It’s that easy.
VooDoo Offroad

Factor55 UltraHook
Factor55 boasts that the UltraHook is the world's safest winch hook with an industry-first closed-system shackle mount hole machined into the body of the hook. The safety latch retraction pocket results in a clear throat opening. An integrated secondary safety latch locking feature/latch locking pin that is stored in the body of the UltraHook can be removed and inserted into the hook tip, locking the latch into place. EPDM rubber pads for fairlead protection and the titanium double shear pin are strong enough for any situation.

Daystar Winch Isolator
The one downside to recovery gear is that when not in use, it can rattle enough to drive you nuts. Daystar's Winch Isolators provide a clean and easy way to store the winch hook. Installed over the winch cable, the Winch Isolators nest with a roller or hawse fairlead and provide a convenient rest for the winch hook that also prevents it from rattling. They do not affect winch operation and are constructed of a durable polyurethane material. Daystar makes similar products for D-ring shackles as well as Hi-Lift Jack handles.

Summit Racing Equipment Jump Start Box
Summit’s Professional Jump Start & Power Supply Pack has 300 cranking amps, powerful enough to jumpstart gasoline and diesel engines. You can also use it to charge phones, tablets, speakers, and other portable USB devices. The 12V lithium-ion battery offers up to 1,000 full charging cycles. The pack also has an LED flashlight, a strobe light, and a 3-in-1 USB adapter, plus Apple 30-pin and Lightning charging ends. A wall charger, a 12V DC charger, jumper cables, and a storage case are included.
Summit Racing Equipment

Rugged Ridge Spartacus Performance Winch
The high-performance Spartacus winches from Rugged Ridge are available in 8,500-, 10,500-, and 12,000-pound variations. Each comes with synthetic rope, a remote control, a latched hook, and an aluminum hawse fairlead. They all feature an automatic load-holding brake system (in the drum brake system) and include a durable 12-foot all-weather cable remote solenoid box that can be mounted in multiple positions (over cable or over motor) and angles to accommodate most winch bumpers including the Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper System.
Rugged Ridge

Master-Pull MacGyver Recovery Line
Designed to be the multitool of vehicle recovery, the MacGyver Line can be used in a variety of ways to recover a stuck vehicle. Made with Dyneema SK75 fiber, it can be used as a winch extension, tree saver, or rock line. In rare cases a vehicle recovery can require winching off of an axle, rollcage or other unconventional attachment point. The MacGyver Line’s heavy-duty construction and durable chafe guard protection make it perfect for this. No matter the situation, odds are the MacGyver Line can make it easier to get your rig unstuck and back on the trail.

Power Tank CO2 Tank
Onboard air is useful for everything from reseating a busted tire bead to running air tools for recovery. Power Tank CO2 systems are powerful and portable, with SuperFlow regulators that outflow the competition without freezing up. The American-made Power Tank is available in a variety of sizes with options including the trademark aluminum Power Grip guard/handle, SuperFlex HP-1100 high-pressure/low-temperature inner braided coiled hose with fittings, and a quality brass air chuck to customize the inflation system to your needs.
Power Tank

Hi-Lift Reflective Loop Recovery Straps
Recovery straps are a must for any off-road enthusiast, farmer, rancher, or outdoorsman. The new Reflective Loop Recovery Straps are ideal for use with a Hi-Lift Jack for winching and recovery. Constructed of high-quality and durable polyester, which is better than nylon for controlled pulls where a slower, more exact extraction is desired, the Reflective Loop straps are available in three sizes to fit any need.
Hi-Lift Jack Co.

TRED (Total Recovery Extraction Device)
Engineered and manufactured in Australia from only the highest-quality materials, TREDs are designed to handle intense levels of torque, flex, weight, and impact. Intense reviews of every fine detail in the design process make TRED the best choice for your recovery. On offer are 800mm and 1,100mm models, both of which feature a designated shovel feature, extreme hex grip nodules, aggressive ramp entry teeth, and ultimate wear-resistant properties. TRED will allow you to explore with confidence, without letting traction disrupt your journey.

More Power Puller
The More Power Puller makes normal come-alongs look like children’s toys. Manufactured by The Wyeth-Scott Company since 1934, this heavy-duty industrial portable ratchet puller/hoist has been designed and proven to perform in a variety of demanding environments without bending, breaking, or collapsing. Available in a variety of weight ratings with steel or synthetic cable, there is a More Power Puller for any situation.
Wyeth-Scott Co.

Pull-Pal Winch Anchor
The Pull Pal is a portable winch anchoring tool well suited for a wide range of environments. Intended as a tool for winching through sand and mud, Pull Pal's design relies on useful rules of physics. The hefty plow blade sets firmly and safely into sand, clay, mud, hardpan, soil, and snow—basically anywhere you don’t have an alternate place to winch to.
Pull Pal

The Original From Mechanix
The most often used tool during recovery is your hands, so take good care of them! Mechanix makes a wide range of gloves for specific tasks, from welding to wielding impact tools. The Original’s durable synthetic leather palm and breathable TrekDry back-of-hand combine to create the ultimate tool for hardworking hands. A new tapered TPR closure and increasingly stronger hook and loop provide a secure fit to the wrist. With a gamut of practical uses, it’s no surprise that The Original is the most recognized and most frequently worn work glove by anyone with a toolbox.
Mechanix Gloves

Forrest Tool Company MAX
The MAX is really a system that incorporates seven handtools in one. It is based on a 3 1/2-pound Hudson Bay style axe/sledge mounted on a 34-inch fiberglass handle. The complete tool menu includes axe, sledge, mattock, pick, shovel, broad pick, and heavy-duty reversible rake and hoe. When assembled into its various configurations, the MAX is fullsize, strong, and reliable.
Forrest Tool Co.

Brownells Essentials Stranded Kit
The Brownells ESG Essentials Stranded Kit helps sustain you if you’re stranded in your vehicle or otherwise cut off from normal supplies due to bad weather or other emergencies. It can also help you self-rescue, if required. It includes a 24-pack of AA batteries, a Fire Lite Kit, a pocket stove with fuel, a Stansport saw, a multitool shovel, a Stansport compass, a mess kit, water filtration, a first aid kit, insect repellent wipes, and a Weather Alert radio. It’s all packed into a handy organizer bag with a hook-and-loop ESG patch for instant identification.

Safety Seal Tire Plug Kit
Punctures are no fun, but they don’t have to end your day. Oftentimes you don’t even need to get out your spare tire. Safety Seal makes a kit specifically for 4-wheelers that uses plugs that are longer and thicker than anything you are going to find at your local parts store. You can even use multiple plugs for larger tears. If you plug the sidewall though, make sure it is only to get off the trail at low speeds because the sidewall can flex at speed and fling out the plugs.
Safety Seal

Badlands 12000 Electric Winch
Badlands winches offer a lot of bang for the buck. The series-wound motor stays cool while the three-stage planetary gear system provides fast line speed. Coming standard with all Badlands winches are an automatic load-holding brake for safety, a cable tensioner to prevent tangles while free spooling, a 12-foot remote, a roller fairlead, and aircraft-grade wire rope.
Harbor Freight Tools

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