Among the auxiliary items that any sportsman or off-road enthusiast should carry, a tow and recovery strap is at or near the top of the list. It’s not only essential for the owner, but when encountering a stranded or high-centered fellow traveler, it’s a pretty sure bet that they won’t have a strap. That’s why they are still stuck. Additionally, a towing strap is useful for any variety of tasks that require pulling power, from yanking stumps to skidding logs. To fully equip your rig for off-road travel, look for these features in a towing strap.

Weight Rating

Towing straps are built to pull heavy loads. ALL-TOP

Because of the integrity of synthetic webbing, a standard towing strap can easily have a capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 pounds. That’s enough to haul a semi-trailer back onto an icy road and will withstand the erratic, shocking loads inherent in pulling any vehicle out of trouble.

Single Straps

A strap with loops is easier to use than a strap that requires knots to secure. GearAmerica

A single strap rated for towing is all you need for most situations. Just make sure it has reinforced and heavily stitched loops that are protected by some sort of sleeve. A looped strap is versatile enough to attached to any ball hitch or towing hook without worrying about which Boy Scout knot will hold up under the strain.

Recovery Kits

If you’re building a roadside emergency kit, be sure to include a strong tow strap among the other items. motormic

For those who are serious about off-road driving, such as beach fishermen, overland enthusiasts, and mud boggers, a full recovery kit offers the best chance of righting the ship in an emergency. Recovery kits include not only the strap, but also a specialized hitch receiver, coated shackles, and locking pins to ensure safety as well as towing capacity.