Went looking for reviews on kinetic straps and ropes. Discovered that most straps get about 20% or less elongation. Interesting that this rope goes 30%. Learned a couple of other things as well. Water, getting them wet, reduces max strength. The stitching on the eyes fails on a number of the cheaper straps. Hmmm.After buying a kinetic recovery rope a few years ago, I'll never use a strap for snatch recoveries again. This is the one that I have 7/8" Kinetic Recovery Rope, and it stretches up to 30%. What that means is that when the rope comes taut, there's no jarring snap, just a smooth pull. The 30% stretch also stores energy, which helps pull the stuck vehicle out.
I just checked, and I bought mine in March 2014, and it's still going strong. I think I've only washed it once, but I do let it dry out if it gets wet.It's looking like rope is the clear winner for my uses. Marlow ropes: https://www.marlowropes.com/product/rebel-kerr
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Or @derekmac's ASR: http://www.asroffroad.com/7-8-kinetic-recovery-rope/
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About the same price point and specs.
The ASR is more readily available.
$129 for the 30' ASR, available locally, good kit... It's a tough choice. I have history with Marlow from my sailing days. They make a very high quality product. Good company to work with. But, ASR looks to be it. Thanks for the tip, derekmac!I just checked, and I bought mine in March 2014, and it's still going strong. I think I've only washed it once, but I do let it dry out if it gets wet.
I picked up one last fall and used it a few times with no drama. My old school Warn snatch-block now lives on a shelf in the garage. Oh yeah, the ring weighs in at a hefty 10.8 ozs versus over 7 lbs for the warn block
I ordered mine from Red Winches in the UK, cost about $100 US and took less than a week to my door in Alberta.
Has nothing to do with "current thinking", it has to do with understanding how each works and using them appropriately. There are both recovery ropes and straps and tow ropes and straps. All of it is based purely on whether you have a stretchable material in the rope or strap. I've used both of each many times and prefer given a choice, a smallish 3/4" kinetic rope for snatch recoveries. For anchoring around rocks, I prefer a rock sling or lifting sling. I use big lifting slings that are out of date for anchoring. Cheap, very strong, don't stretch.In the old days it was simple - straps with loops, no hooks. There were no kinetic ropes.
The current thinking seems to be kinetic rope for recovery and strap for towing. I carry one of each plus a shorter tree strap.