A RE­COV­ERY KIT WITH STYLE & SUB­STANCE

Warn Epic Re­cov­ery Kit gets the job done in style

4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY BUDD STAN­LEY

There are many dif­fer­ent types of off-road­ers in this coun­try. There are those who take pride in hav­ing the most wrin­kled and filthy rig on the trail. Then there are those who de­mand qual­ity over quan­tity, take pride in hav­ing high qual­ity (and usu­ally ex­pen­sive) gear, and do their best to keep all the shiny bits look­ing… well… shiny.

How­ever, both these groups share a com­mon is­sue, which is that sooner or later they’re go­ing to get stuck, and when they get stuck, they’re go­ing to need to dig into the back for the all-im­por­tant re­cov­ery kit.

For both groups, the re­cov­ery kit is a pretty stan­dard piece of kit. Usu­ally a man­gled old tool kit with all man­ner of shack­les, snatch blocks and tow ropes tossed in; it’s a worn and abused kit to do a dirty job. The only dif­fer­ence be­ing the clean­li­ness and or­ga­ni­za­tion be­tween the two stereo­types.

We don’t take sides on the class lev­els of

our life­style, usu­ally, but we do un­der­stand the de­sire for highly-en­gi­neered prod­ucts that were made with pride. The re­cov­ery kit usu­ally has no busi­ness be­ing as­so­ci­ated as such, un­til we came across the Warn Epic Re­cov­ery Kit last year at SEMA.

Fea­tur­ing the stan­dard is­sue bits one needs to ex­tract them­selves from Mother Na­ture’s grasp, each of the forged steel com­po­nents has been treated to a multi-lay­ered E-coat (or elec­tro­coat­ing) that pro­tects from both cor­ro­sion and abra­sion. Ef­fec­tively, it’s like pow­der coat­ing, without the thick shiny paint. Each part has been specif­i­cally de­signed to han­dle the rigours of ve­hi­cle ex­trac­tion, while also act­ing as a nice bit of wheeler jew­ellery. Per­son­ally, with no bling fac­tor as­so­ci­ated with the Epic series, just the sense of a high-qual­ity tool, I got in touch with Warn to have a look at the kit and have one of the heavy-duty ver­sions on­board the Nis­san Ti­tan XD dur­ing our Arc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion.

OUR KIT IN­CLUDED: • Two forged 3/4” Epic Shack­les (for 18,000 lb. winches and un­der) Epic Tree Trunk Pro­tec­tor, in­clud­ing forged end loops (4”x8’; rated to 30,000 lbs.) Epic Snatch Block (for winch ca­pac­i­ties of up to 18,000 lbs.) Pre­mium Re­cov­ery Strap (3” x 30’; rated to 21,600 lbs.) Winch­ing Gloves with Kevlar re­in­force­ment and syn­thetic leather Back­pack car­ry­ing case

In the case of the hard­ware, this is ac­tu­ally Warn's sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the Epic series, as the first series had some flaws in the coat­ing. How­ever, so far, we can re­port that they got it right with this batch as the coat­ing has stood up well to some de­cent abuse. An­other well-thought out idea is the con­struc­tion of the tree saver. This has a pre­mium ny­lon strap with en­cased red warn­ing marker to in­di­cate dam­aged web­bing.

While the hard­ware is at­trac­tive, it’s the bag it­self that at­tracted me to the kit. Made

Some of the flashiest look­ing shack­les on the mar­ket, they will also stand up to 18,000lb and are E-coated for wear and tear. The 18,000lb ca­pac­ity Snatch Block ac­cepts both wire and syn­thetic winch line.

The kit in­cludes ev­ery­thing you see here.

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