I'm finishing up the design on one of my new gear bags and was curious what experienced EP members carry in their Recovery Bags? I was lucky enough get to observe and learn what the pros carry down at the I4WDTA last year but, I'd love to hear what you find useful and carry. Thanks!
Soft Shackle. This unit is constructed out of 7/16 'Amsteel Blue' SK-78 Dyneema in the 'improved' dual leg design. This gives a minimum breaking strength of 45,500lbs! This results 3:1 safe Working Load Limit of 7.5 tons. Each unit includes a long abrasion guard made from relaimed wildland fire...
-2, maybe 3 ( cause I was playing with backwards winching the other day ), of my Recovery Ring Packages. My new recovery rings allow a lot of new advanced techniques like double rigging.
Note: Major update! New best in the industry package price. Because of ongoing supplier issues, I am now providing a larger custom made CNC 6061-T6 Aluminum Recovery Ring of my own design in this package along with including the newest updated soft shackle made from the highest quality materials...
-For a receiver hitch based recovery point, I use one of my SSRA devices with a dedicated pre-rigged soft shackle. All my vehicles are 2.0 hitch, but I usually have a separate 2.5 unit just in case....or a sleeve adapter. A 2.5 to 3.0 adapter is also nice to have. Don't forget a spare hitch pin or two.
This 5-axis machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum masterpiece provides the perfect connection for soft rigging into a 2.0" receiver hitch. The SSRA ( Soft Shackle Receiver Adapter) from Brennan's Garage provides the safest, most direct, connection to the pin in a common receiver hitch while using...
-Two ( or more) 3" wide by 8' long Flat Straps. They work great for Tree Straps, building independent leg bridles, or a short tow strap system on the trail along with lots of other uses.
-At least one 8400lb (lift) rated endless sling. The 6 footers are pretty useful when you need to go around something a bit sharper than normal. I like how the load bearing inner is well protected by the outer sheath. Cheap to replace when they get damaged. Can also be looped over large rocks or stumps.
-Winch extension. Usually something about 100' long, but I have a few different options these days to experiment with.
-One hard shackle in most of the common sizes just in case I have to rig to a hard edge existing recovery point on another vehicle.
-Gloves are kept handy in the glove box or center console.
-Winch controller is where I can reach it from the drivers seat
I have a large ARB recovery bag with a 3", 30k lbs 30 foot strap, multiple 7/8" shackles, several soft shackles, a snatchblock, a tree saver strap, high visibility work gloves (for spotting after the inevitable rock stacking and rigging for a recovery), and a spare hitch pin with cotter pin. I used to carry a SPOT Messenger unit in that bag too, but I don't carry one of those anymore.