4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Techniques -

A SNAPPED snatch strap is com­mon. Over time the fi­bres in the weave can weaken and fray, which is why we al­ways re­fer to them as a con­sum­able item. If you no­tice your snatch strap has fuzzy edges or vis­i­ble dam­age and you head off any­way, then you’re a peanut. That said, some­times things hap­pen. If you’re axle-deep in mud and you’ve just snapped your last snatch strap you can do a field re­pair to get it back in one piece. Is it rec­om­mended? No. Will it work as a per­ma­nent fix? Not even close. Will it al­low you to con­tinue the re­cov­ery when you’d oth­er­wise be stuck? Yes.

The tech­nique is known as a wa­ter knot and is used when flat straps need to be joined. You’ll lose around a me­tre of your length, cut your work­ing load in half, and lose the rubber-band ef­fect of a snatch strap; so once the strap is con­nected again it’s time to reach for the shovel. Think of your patched-to­gether strap as a tow strap and you’re on the right track.

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