Developed in Australia in 2001 after Brad McCarthy watched as his Land Cruiser was nearly overtaken by the tide while stuck on a beach, Maxtrax recovery boards have become synonymous with self-sufficiency and more recently overland adventures. The MkI version of the boards launched in 2005 and today have evolved into the Maxtrax Xtreme boards you see here.
The Maxtrax Xtreme boards were enhanced over the MkII boards after extensive feedback by professionals including explorers, military, off-road racers, and certified four-wheel-drive trainers. The focus was on a product that would be reliable in situations where time was constrained, such as off-road racing or a military unit in an active combat zone, and where wheelspin was likely unavoidable.
Manufactured in Australia with a proprietary engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon, Maxtrax boards are designed to be tough and UV stable. Each board holds 88 alloy teeth that are robot-placed during manufacturing. The nylon material is then overmolded on top of them, creating incredibly tight tolerances for the threads, enabling a very secure fit of each tooth. Each tooth is hard anodized to protect against corrosion in wet and muddy environments and are user replaceable.
The Maxtrax Xtreme boards are compatible with all existing roof and bed-mount brackets that can accommodate the MkII boards and can be easily nested with the either the MkII or Mini models. A lifetime warranty covers the Xtreme against manufacturing or workmanship flaws, and four colors are offered: Desert Tan, Safety Orange, Olive Drab, and Black.
Maxtrax boards are often considered one of the safest forms of self-recovery and work by giving your vehicle the traction it needs to lift itself up and out of the snow, sand, or mud. For more information head over to maxtraxus.com and see how we got our own Jeep unstuck below.