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Gettin’ Unstuck: 8 Winches to Pull You Out of a Jam

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The great expanses of wilderness stretching through America’s interior are sliced and stitched together by thousands of dirt roads, muddy passes and barely discernable trails. Some are carved through the backwoods for pleasure, challenge and thrill, and others are remnants of logging roads, mining trails and Native American passes worn wider by the increasing popularity of off-roading. Sandstone formations, desert panoramas and sandy canyons beckon drivers to Tower Arch Trail in Arizona, and the white-knuckled switchbacks of Black Bear Pass above Telluride, Colo., test wheeling skills, concentration and courage.

 

 

While exploring these trails, drivers might face snow, mud, a rollover, a mechanical failure, a slick rock incline or other challenges. However, they can use a winch, a couple of tree-savers, a snatch block or two, and a few D-ring shackles to set up a complicated vehicle recovery system that might make the difference between continuing a trek or being irrevocably stuck. When you head out to see what’s over the horizon, you’ll want the right gear to keep you on the road.

 

Having a winch bolted to the front of your rig is the first step in being properly prepared, but with budget constraints and all of the winches on the market, finding the right one depends on many variables, including the size of your rig, the capacity of the winch, the drivetrain gear ratio and even how the winch is mounted. Let’s break down eight different winches in the gallery above.

 

 

For more information on these winches, please visit the following sites.

 

Champion 4,700-Pound Winch Kit

championpowerequipment.com

 

Mile Marker H9000 Hydraulic

milemarker.com

 

MotoAlliance X3000 Viper Elite

motoalliance.com

 

Ramsey Patriot Profile 12000

ramsey.com

 

Rugged Ridge Spartacus Heavy Duty

ruggedridge.com

 

Smittybilt Gen2 X20 Wireless

smittybilt.com

 

Superwinch LP8500

superwinch.com

 

Warn PowerPlant 12

warn.com

 

This article was originally published in ‘Ballistic’ Summer 2017. To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.

 

The post Gettin’ Unstuck: 8 Winches to Pull You Out of a Jam appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews.

 

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