IS THAT A PYTHON IN YOUR SACK OR … A VOODOO OFF-ROAD RECOVERY ROPE?
As awful as it sounds, I’ve been relying on friends to have a recovery rope in the event that they, or I, find ourselves in a sticky/stuck situation. And while someone always has one, being without one is demeaning, and flies in the face of what a selfreliant wheeler should be carrying. I redeemed myself by ordering a 3/4” 30’ Voodoo Off-road recovery rope. Why 30’? Because sometimes longer is better. I could have gone the 7/8” which has a 38,000 lb breaking strength, but it is designed for 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks; our wheeling and snow extraction here is primarily mid-size and half ton trucks and SUV’s – so the 24,500 lb limit is plenty.
The rope checks off all the key construction features for a recovery rope; 12 strand single braid, with a UV, water, and abrasion resistant polyurethane coating. It is also a garish bright green which is perfect in dim light or when you drop it in murky water.
You could argue that 30’ is too long and that I should have ordered the 20’ instead. You could be right. My reasoning for wanting longer (no jokes please, I’ve typed and deleted them all already) is that this style of recovery rope functions by storing kinetic energy for a smooth extraction – a longer rope means more stored kinetic energy. In the event that 30’ is too long for the space the trail allows, I can double it up. If you are a minimalist, or tight on space, click to buy the 20’ length and wait for some to ask,… what’s in your sack?