How to Choose a Recovery Strap or Tow Strap

By Christine Halvorsen • 12.08.21
Category Articles & How-To's  recovery straps  snatch straps  tow straps 

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While the terms recovery strap and tow strap are often used interchangeably, a tow strap and a recovery strap can be very different and are usually used for different purposes.

Recovery strap 

  • Made of nylon for a higher stretch value.
  • Used for "recovering" a vehicle that's immobilized.
  • Sometimes also called snatch straps for the ability to "snatch" a vehicle from a stuck position.
  • Can also be used for towing applications.

Tow strap

  • Generally made of polyester with very little to no stretch value.
  • Used for towing a "free-wheeling" vehicle behind another.
  • Usually has a hook on each end.
  • Should not be used for recovering a vehicle because of the lack of stretch increases the chances that the strap could snap.

Our recovery / tow straps are designed to be used for both recovery and towing. The nylon fabrication has some stretch so it's ideal for recovery uses and the loops or "eyes" offer more flexibility than traditional straps that have hooks already attached. All straps also feature CORDURA® fabric insets at the eyes to provide extra protection at wear points.

Our recovery / tow straps are made in the USA for quality you can count on.

Our straps come in a variety of widths: from 2" to 12" as well as lengths, and custom lengths are also available by calling our sales team. Variations in our tow / recovery straps also include the number of plies - from 1 to 4 - so you can get the strength you need in the width you want (a narrow strap can be made stronger with additional plies).

Not sure what size tow / recovery strap you need? Check out this video as our Sales Specialist Charlie goes over the basics of choosing the right strap:

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