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Old 02-15-2017, 10:36 AM
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Default MaxTrax and similar... useful?

I am looking at our setup for this wheeling season and considering my recovery equipment and looking at the MaxTrax or Treds or similar traction mats. I have only used a buddies once a few weeks ago in Wyoming when stuck up to frame in snow. I couldn't get them to bite, but he swears by them.

I have a winch, a good shovel, straps and shackles, snatch block, 60" HiLift but I am wondering if adding a set of these boards is money well spent or just another visual "look at me, I wheel!" add on?

I can see in the mud they would be advantageous or in silty sand, but here in Colorado, if it isn't snow, I usually have pretty solid traction.

Thoughts? The reason I am asking is I was given a nice Amazon gift card which got me exploring some items that are considered more luxury than necessity.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:40 PM
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I have used my Treds a half dozen times or so, getting OTHER people unstuck, all in loose dirt and sand. One dude who thought he could drive up Mendano Pass in a 2 wheel drive vehicle...high centered in the sand. The Ranger was there to help him unload a few hundred dollars for being a dumb-a$$. Popped him right out. and got him off the trail in a very short amount of time. I have not tried them in snow yet...so I can't comment there.
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Old 02-15-2017, 04:24 PM
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I used my smitty built ones once. They did their job well in the snow. But after one use, they were completely destroyed shattered.

If you go this route, get good ones.
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:14 PM
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i went maxtrax after reading bad reviews on the cheaper ones and knowing they will hold up to my 3.5 ton rig when a couple friends had to get me out of a sticky situation in slick mud where winching off their lightweight rigs would just drag them to me and the few trees were too far away or too small.

drove right out.

bought a pair, used them to help recover a lifted 3/4 gmc crew cab long bed in a blizzard (one of them is still buried in the snow up in wyoming, fortunately, kurt at cruiseroutfitters happened to have a lonely one, so i'm back to a albeit mismatched pair). we were getting no where until we used them.

so yea....pretty damn useful
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They work well, are light, and easy to store.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:58 PM
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I have the ones Christo sells, I think they are TREDS. Maybe he also sells Maxx now, as well.

I really like them, super heavy duty and they are Army green..

Honestly never used them but I always bring them just in case.
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I picked up some Tred 1100's from Slee and have only used them on snow/ice over packed gravel/dirt roads; each time I have tried to use them they wouldn't bite and just shot out from under the wheels. Both times were trying to get full sized trucks unstuck, both times I ended up strapping them out.

I am still optimistic they would work well on sand and dirt, but for the price, I won't lie, I am disappointed.
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Thanks for the opinions so far. I did realize my friend swears by them because they are primarily his only option besides a shovel. I'd bet I used them a lot too if they were all I had. I think I will hold off for now, they take up a good bit of real estate no matter where you strap them down. There is a knock off brand on Amazon with some folks saying they've owned the real deal and the Amazon knock off's about $100 less per pair.

I am sure I will need them immediately if not sooner now that I am going to pass.
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Maxtrax are 100% worth it! They have saved my tail on dozens of occasions.
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The elcheapos are not worth it. I used mine because I didn't feel like winching. A total waste of $139. Buying a sandbag and nice shovel is a way better investment IMO.

The next set I buy will be maxtrax
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