MAXTRAX is unique in the vehicle recovery market, because MAXTRAX is lightweight, quick, and easy to operate by just one person if necessary, and there is no need for a second vehicle or even an anchor point. There are also no stressed components on the vehicle such as recovery points. MAXTRAX works in sand, mud, slush, and snow. Using MAXTRAX is also considerably safer than using other vehicle recovery gear, as everything is done at a gentle pace and without yanking, pulling, pushing, or lifting loads.
MAXTRAX is an Australian product. MAXTRAX was conceived, designed, tested, proved, patented, and improved in Australia. MAXTRAX is made in Australia.
MAXTRAX are made of UV-stabilized, flexible, and super tough engineering-grade reinforced nylon, and will provide a firm base and traction to your tires. The deep structural beams running the length of the MAXTRAX will easily bear the weight of a fully-laden 4WD over soft terrain without breaking. In fact, MAXTRAX have been tested at the University of Queensland to wrap completely around a 33-inch tire without breaking and return to shape after the tire was taken away.
The MAXTRAX teeth are specially designed, located, and oriented to fit into the grooves of your tire tread and provide excellent traction whether your tires are wet, dry, clean, or fouled with sand, mud or snow.
Sloped sides and two deep longitudinal channels provide a collection area for mud and sand to go into so that the teeth remain exposed to provide grip to your tires. The teeth will provide tremendous grip but will not damage your tires. If you use too much throttle and create wheelspin while using MAXTRAX (which you are not supposed to do), your tires will melt the teeth rather than the teeth shredding your tires.
The underside of MAXTRAX is as thoughtfully designed as the face. The undersize is concave so that the edges will bite into the ground and hold MAXTRAX stationary during use. The numerous gussets give MAXTRAX greater structure and also provide added traction.
There are also two rows of cruciform-shaped cleats that add even more traction.
When inverted, the underside of the ramps on either end of the MAXTRAX can be used as a shovel to clear debris from around the tires and underbody prior to attempting the recovery. This works equally for snow and mud as well as sand.
The edges of the handles and everywhere else on MAXTRAX for that matter is free of sharp edges and points. The shapes are alluring and will not abrade the hands during hard use as a shovel. Even if the edges get chipped or scraped during use, you can repair your MAXTRAX with a file or sandpaper to restore the hand-friendly nature of MAXTRAX.
Each MAXTRAX has six handles, so different users of different sizes and strengths can hold the MAXTRAX differently while digging. For carrying, nearly everyone will hold the MAXTRAX in a suitcase style by the middle handle.
The brilliant design of MAXTRAX means that they are uniquely and simultaneously big and small in different ways. For example, each MAXTRAX measures 45" long and 13" wide. This is quite a large surface for your tires to grab a hold of. You might expect such a large item to be heavy, but each MAXTRAX weighs less than 7.5 lbs.
MAXTRAX are also very size-efficient and stack together for easy transport. Each MAXTRAX measures about 3" tall, but the stack height of four MAXTRAX is only 4.5" tall. Each additional MAXTRAX adds only about half an inch.
Thus, four MAXTRAX together is hardly any larger than one MAXTRAX. So MAXTRAX are very size-efficient as well as light in weight, making them easy to transport on your vehicle.
The polymer used to make MAXTRAX from includes a UV stabilizer that protects them damage from the sun’s UV rays. MAXTRAX is available in four colors: black, desert tan, olive drab, and safety orange. They all work and you can just choose whichever color that catches your eye. For those of you lojikul and funkshunal types who cannot publicly admit they care how their vehicles look, the various MAXTRAX colors have their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Some will choose black because it is the most stealthy color. When you have MAXTRAX fitted to your roof rack, they are hardly even noticeable.
Others will actually want the MAXTRAX to show, and as patently as possible. These people will probably pick safety orange.
There is no one way to do it. These Expeditions 7 Land Cruisers are fitted with MAXTRAX. The Troopie in front has black MAXTRAX on the spare wheel and the Dog Catcher in the rear has orange MAXTRAX on the roof rack. They both look great. Photo by Scott Brady.
When using MAXTRAX, they can become difficult to locate in sand or mud. This is especially so in the dark. The safety orange color makes the MAXTRAX that much easier to locate.
Military organizations use MAXTRAX and put up with the fact that the desert tan and olive drab MAXTRAX can be difficult to locate. But the military will still use colors like desert tan and olive drab for obvious reasons.
In addition to six handles, each MAXTRAX has four keyholes that are designed for linking MAXTRAX together, pegging to the ground, or for mounting MAXTRAX to your vehicle. MAXTRAX offers two excellent systems for mounting four MAXTRAX to your vehicle.
The first mounting system is the MAXTRAX Mounting Pin Set, which is composed of four unique keys that will secure two or four MAXTRAX to your vehicle's roof rack or roof bars. The keys are constructed of black nylon and stainless steel and are very easy to mount to your vehicle. The keys are not ridiculously large because they don't have to be. Even four MAXTRAX weigh only 30 lbs., so these four keys are more than up to the task of securing them.
Each key has two black nylon flaps that will detent every 90 degrees.
When only two MAXTRAX are held, both flaps will be turned to secure the MAXTRAX.
When four MAXTRAX are held, only the topmost flap will be turned.
When the flap is turned 90 degrees, a hole in the key's stainless shank is exposed for fitment of a small padlock or TSA-style lock.
The underside of the keys comes with a threaded shank, washer, and nyloc nut for securing to your roof rack or roof bars.
The second factory offering for transporting the MAXTRAX is probably the more popular way: the Rear Wheel Harness. The harness is very easy to install onto a vehicle's spare wheel and will transport up to five MAXTRAX. Access to the MAXTRAX is very easy at chest level and there is no need to climb the vehicle to access the MAXTRAX. Furthermore, carrying the MAXTRAX on the spare wheel means no dumping of sand or mud onto the vehicle after use. There is a nylon pouch inside the spare wheel for holding fixing pegs and linking straps.
There is no one or "best" way to transport MAXTRAX and both factory methods work just fine. Obviously, those without roof racks will probably go for the Rear Wheel Harness. Many savvy roof rack owners leave the racks empty and use the racks for only reserve or emergency use. These users will likely go for the Rear Wheel Harness as well. Others will prefer to mount the MAXTRAX on the roof rack floor and leave the spare wheel alone for a clean appearance and maximum rearview visibility.
If you own a Defender Station Wagon and are contemplating use of the Rear Wheel Harness, then take a serious look at the Mantec Swing Away 50 Spare Wheel Carrier. The Defender's cargo door hinges are not strong enough to hold any spare wheel on the street, let alone something like a Wolf steel wheel with an oversized Michelin XZL tire over rough terrain. Add another 30 lbs. of MAXTRAX and the cargo door will be damaged for sure. The Swing Away 50 shifts the weight of the spare wheel from the cargo door hinges to the vehicle's chassis and will prevent the cargo door from self-destructing over time.
MAXTRAX are not designed to be used as a jack base. If you want a base to add length to your jack or prevent it from sinking, use the Hi-Lift Jack Off-Road Base. The ORB is designed to fit the Hi-Lift Jack, but it will also work very well many bottle jacks.
If you like the colors of the MAXTRAX, check out the Pelican Protector Cases. The Pelicans are available in the same colors as MAXTRAX (plus a few more). Pelicans also come in many different sizes for different applications.
The Pro Quip Water Jerrycans are very similar to the MAXTRAX. Both are designed and made in Australia to the highest specifications. Both are UV-resistant and are available in similar colors. If you want a way to transport your water on trips, take a look at the excellent Pro Quips.
The Wavian NATO Jerrycans aren't really related to the MAXTRAX at all. The available colors are different. The Wavian NATOs are made of steel rather than polymer and they're not made in Australia. However, these are the only way to fly to transport your fuel. They're so good in fact that you should suspect anyone who recommends anything else to you. He's either a kook or he's clueless.