When it comes to packing for off-road activities, there’s always a delicate balance to be struck. What kind of equipment should you bring? How much additional weight will it add? What am I willing to give up and leave behind? Take it when it comes to recuperation gear.
It’s preferable to have it and not require it than to require it and not have it! Not all recovering gear is created equal. There are several instruments for various solutions. With it in mind, I’d like to discuss Kinetic recovery ropes and tow straps in particular.
Is a Strap a Strap?
For a rescue, having correct, well-made, and secure gear is critical, and most off-road equipment manufacturers, they put all of our goods through rigorous design and testing so that they can deliver the best gear for difficult situations. Although Kinetic Recovery Ropes and Tow Straps are the best in the business, there is sometimes a misunderstanding about when they are needed and how to use them. A Kinetic Rope and Tow Straps are two very distinct types of recovery devices.
Years back, you might have come across someone on the route carrying a huge chain as a means of recovery. Eventually, a stronger and lighter alternative was developed. The Tow Strap is what it’s called. It’s now a standard component of all recovery gear packages, and it’s ideal for tugging, dragging, and recovering vehicles that require a steady, reliable connection.
A tow strap is exactly that…a towing cable! It’s designed to assist in the towing of another vehicle, such as when someone’s tires become stuck rotating in mud or while relocating a broken-down car from one location to another. Because it has little to no stretch or “give,” you’ll want to progressively take up slack, form a secure connection, and tug.
What’s going on here? Isn’t the recovery kit supposed to include a tow strap? It is, however, not a recovery rope but a tow strap. Towing a vehicle or providing moderate assistance is one thing; Kinetic Rescue is quite another. The kinetic rope recovery kit (also known as a “snatch” strap or rope) has elasticity. This allows kinetic force to provide a little extra “tug” to remove a truly trapped vehicle. The kinetic cable, for instance, is an excellent recovery alternative if a rig is trapped to the axles in sand or heavy slop.
Have you ever witnessed a little Jeep pull a diesel truck out of the woods? According to physics, a lightweight object will have a difficult time dragging out a heavy thing…especially one that is trapped. That is no longer the case! The increased stretching and pull of the Kinetic Recovery rope provide a little more of the required force to get someone back the right way, not to forget it’s easier on both cars!
More stuff, more weight, and less room?
A Tow Strap and Kinetic Recovery Rope are arguably 2 of the lightest items you can bring along for an off-road adventure. They do not even take up much room, yet having both will complete your kit and ensure that you always have the correct tool for the job.