Top 4 Essential Recovery Tools You Need Before Hitting The Trails

 If you're new to off-roading, or are hitting the trails for the first time. It's essential that you are prepared for the inevitable: getting stuck. There's no shame in getting stuck; if you never get stuck it means you aren't pushing your limits. Sometimes you may get stuck in normal conditions and other times you may get stuck in a precarious situation.

Either way, you need basic equipment to extricate yourself or others. We always keep these 4 items in our truck at all times. 

1) Recovery Strap

This is an item that you do not want to cheap out on. Make sure that you buy a recovery strap that is capable of pulling 3 to 4 times the weight of your vehicle. Also referred to as breaking-strength, this helps ensure that you can safely pull yourself or your trail partner out without snapping the strap. We recommend RHINO USA. 


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2) Shackles 

Of course, along with the recovery strap, you'll need some high quality D-Rings to secure the tow strap to the vehicles. We use the RHINO USA D-Ring Shackles. 

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3) Shovel 

Sometimes you may high-center your vehicle or bury it in sand or dirt. A shovel is the best tool to remove material from under your rig to free it. This can also be helpful if you need to use traction boards or a jack to unstick your stuck truck! We like small shovels with a solid handle that way they fit in the truck and are fully functional when you need it. 

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4) Hatchet/Axe

We always carry a hatchet and a tool for cutting branches. Sometimes you may come across fallen trees that need to be removed from the trail or you may want to cut some wood to fill in a large rut. We like Gerber tools for our rig. 

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