The Expeditionware Recovery Straps are manufactured to our specifications in the USA and in accordance with the recommended standard specifications of the Web Sling and Tie Down Association and ANSI B30.9A specifications. Unlike many other manufacturers' products, our Recovery Strap, Heavy-Duty Recovery Strap, and Tree Strap are manufactured using the lockstitch process to resist unraveling.
Only the highest quality nylon is used on our straps.
The Recovery Strap is 2" wide. The orange color designates the 2" width and WLL rating.
The Heavy-Duty Recovery Strap is 3" wide to suit recoveries of full-size vehicles. The yellow color designates the 3" width and WLL rating.
Both Recovery Straps are further reinforced with cordura to resist abrasion, which can cause premature wear and even failure. While our straps are not the cheapest available, we believe that there is no other higher quality strap available. We also believe that our straps will last as long as and probably longer than any other strap currently on the market.
In addition to the cordura ends, the Recovery Straps feature two movable cordura sleeves. These sleeves can be moved to suit different rigging orientations and prevent the softer nylon portions of the Recovery Straps from abrasion.
The Recovery Strap is 2" wide and 30' long, and yet it easily rolls up into this small roll when not in use. We much prefer the flexibility of the 30' length versus the 20' length of some straps. While a 30' strap costs more due to the greater material cost, we believe the 30' length presents the best compromise length for a recovery strap. If the 30' length is too long, the user can "double up" the strap to shorten its effective length to 15'.
The Heavy-Duty Recovery Strap is 3" wide and 30' long and rolls up for storage in a similar fashion. If you do not have a full-size truck like the Ford Super Duty, Hummer H1 and H2, and Mercedes-Benz Unimog, we recommend the standard Recovery Strap because of its greater stretch during yanking recoveries. The Heavy-Duty Recovery Strap is stronger than the Recovery Strap, but does not provide the same stretch on lighter vehicles like the Jeep, Land Rover, or Toyota offroad vehicles.
To make storing and unraveling the Recovery Straps more convenient, the Recovery Straps come equipped with an elastic band on one end of the strap so that the strap can be tied together in a rubber band fashion. The elastic cord is permanently attached to one end of both types of Recovery Straps.
The integral rubber band holds the strap wound for compact storage.
Included with each Recovery Strap is a plastic storage bag.
Recovery straps rarely wear out from pulling forces. Rather, recovery straps wear out from abrasion with other objects. While recovery straps can withstand a tremendous load, the nylon material they are made of is relatively soft and abrades easily. Eventually, recovery straps wear sufficiently that they are no longer safe to use.
To minimize abrasion and maximize the life of our recovery straps, we reinforce them with cordura sleeves. Both ends of the Recovery Straps are covered with a cordura sleeve to prevent the end loops from becoming frayed with use. Some other straps come fitted with a nylon pad on the inside of the end loops to serve the same purpose. This is not sufficient because the end loops cannot then be turned inside out to distribute the wear and tear on both sides of the strap. Most other straps come with no reinforcements at all and have the soft nylon end loops exposed.
We believe the cordura sleeves provide the best protection for the looped ends of the Recovery Straps and that it is not sufficient merely to have nylon pads on the inside of the end loops. Our straps are designed so that the user can turn the end loops inside out to distribute the wear to both sides of the end loops.
This strap has been cut during hard use. Note how the cordura pad on the tip of the looped section did not protect this strap from being abraded. This strap is no longer safe to use.
Oftentimes, the user will simply insert the loop of his strap into his receiver hitch and secure it with a hitch pin. This method of rigging is very simple and elegant, but exposes the soft nylon end loops to cutting and other abrasion on the edges of the receiver hitch.
The cordura sleeve will protect the Recovery Straps from abrasion and laceration when used in this fashion. The cordura does not make the strap cutproof or abrasionproof, but it does substantially reinforce the strap and protect it wear and tear during use.
In addition to the cordura sleeves on each end, the Recovery Straps feature two movable cordura sleeves on the main strap to protect the Recovery Straps from abrasion and laceration from various rigging orientations. Whether your double up or triangulate the Recovery Straps, there will be cordura sleeves on each "corner" of the Recovery Straps to protect the soft nylon strap material from abrasion.
Oftentimes, users will double up the strap to shorten it when a shorter strap is necessary. Or, the user may double up a strap to use it as a bridle. In such instances the unprotected soft nylon portion of the strap will be exposed to abrasion, as it is in the above photo. The two cordura sleeves on the Recovery Straps can be moved to suit different rigging orientations and protect the Recovery Straps as much as possible.
The Tree Strap is 3" wide and 10' long. We much prefer the flexibility of the 10' length over the standard 6' length. The extra 4' of strap is not particularly harder to store or handle, and yet the overall utility of the strap is greatly enhanced. The 10' length permits the strap to be used with trees fully 3' in diameter while a 6' strap is limited to trees less than 2' in diameter.
Like the Recovery Straps, the Tree Strap is reinforced with cordura sleeves on the end loops to prevent premature wear.
The cordura ends are sewn securely to the nylon end loops so as to prevent the ends from shifting and possibly chafing the end loops.
The Tree Strap is also fitted with the two movable cordura sleeves along the center sections to prevent abrasion of the Tree Strap. When slung around trees, various sections of tree will have abrasive sections such as branches that lessen the life of a tree strap. The cordura pieces can be moved to cover the strap from abrasive objects and extend the life of the Tree Strap.
In addition to the cordura reinforcements, the Tree Strap features double-layered construction. The entire length of the Tree Strap is two layers of 3" wide nylon strap. Tree Straps suffer more abrasion than other recovery straps and the double-layered construction is intended to reinforce the abraded strap against failure to the maximum degree practicable. The double-layered construction also gives the Tree Strap a breaking strength of over 30,000 pounds and a WLL of 15,000 pounds.
The Tree Strap is 3" wide.
The 3" x 10' size of the Tree Strap does not make it cumbersome to store. The Tree Strap easily folds up into a small size. Just as with the Recovery Straps, the Tree Strap features a rubberized band to hold the Tree Strap together for easy storage.
Having the proper straps is but part of the formula for safe and effective recoveries. No matter what recovery tools you acquire, you must possess the knowledge and skill to use them safely and efficiently. We believe there is no better teacher for inculcating such knowledge and skill than Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America.
If you cannot attend one of Bill's training seminars, then the Getting UNStuck Instructional DVD is available. In this DVD, Bill has taken his almost half century of fourwheeling experience and condensed it into two hours of detailed vehicle recovery techniques. Traveling from Moab to the beaches of Cape Cod and back across the Colorado Rockies, Bill takes us through desert and barren mountain peaks to illustrate the proper recovery techniques and proper use of recovery products such as Superwinch Winches & Winching Tools, Bow Shackles, Pull-Pal Land Anchor, Hi-Lift Jack, Heavy-Duty Transport Chains, Protective Gloves, proper recovery points like the Shackle Mounting Brackets or Dixon-Bate Tow Jaws, RUD 4x4 Grip Chains, and synthetic winch lines. This DVD is not a replacement for personal training with Bill, but it is a very good start in the right direction.