So, what's in your Recovery Bag?


Kapitis Indagatoris
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!



Expedition Leader
Mine is constantly changing because I am always developing new gear and ideas, but the basics are.

'Recovery' is a pretty broad thing for me.

-Some way to air the tires down (and back up). Airing down is usually the first thing I try in most situations.


-Kinetic Recovery Rope. Something about 25' long x 7/8 or 1" diameter lately.

-At least a half dozen misc soft shackles that aren't married to specific gear

-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.

-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.

-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


Gentleman Adventurer
I have different bags for different things. Along with my tools, I have a recovery strap, dog bone and two shackles behind my front seat. Easy to get to for a quick recovery.

In the back, are another recovery strap, dog bone, shackles, tree saver, snatch block and winch extension.
I also have a easy to grab bag with tire plug kit and tire repair stuff.


Expedition Leader
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.


Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.
snatch strap
(Crosby) shackles
winch extension strap
snatch block
tree saver
drag chain
winch controler
chain saw (at least one in the convoy)
snow chains (winter trips)

In addition to a full compliment of tools, air compressor, plug kit, and sidewall patch kit.


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