Hawse Pro First Look

Hawse Pro First Look

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  • What oil should I use?
  • What’s the largest tire I can fit without a lift?
  • Can I fit 35’s on that?

There are classic debates in the off-roading community.

Then there was synthetic versus wire winch rope. Synthetic is now considered superior in nearly all applications.

The use of synthetic winch rope (the material being ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) sold under brand like Amsteel Blue, Dyneema and Plasma Rope) spawned a new debate: Hawse or roller fairleads?

In the early days of converting existing winches from wire to synthetic rope, worn roller fairleads needed to be replaced. Synthetic is strong, but easily cut. A steel roller fairlead used with wire rope will commonly develop nicks and burrs that can damage synthetic line.

Hawse pro fairlead first look

Among the early adopters of synthetic winch rope were rock-crawling competitors. Hawse fairleads were already popular for their superior clearance and damage resistance.

Somewhere along the way the belief developed that a hawse fairlead was better, or even required, with synthetic winch rope. Turns out, neither are true.

Hawse pro fairlead first look 

Hawse Fairlead




Low profile

One piece - No moving parts

Radiused front edge for synthetic line

Steel or aluminum

Lighter weight

Back edge often only slightly radiused can significantly contact winch rope

Friction is directly on the rope

Roller Fairlead



Multiple parts

Large radius rollers

Minimal friction on rope since roller moves on a bolt/pin axle

Sticks out farther

Perceived as older technology


Large radius rollers

It seems the Hawse has so many advantages, why should anyone use roller fairleads for synthetic rope? Because the primary job of a fairlead is never performed better by a hawse as compared to a roller. The primary job of a fairlead is to “guide … the running rigging … and keep[…] it from chafing” (See https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairlead#h1 definition of “fairlead”). A hawse may guide well, but it is always chafing.

Another criticism is that the synthetic rope can get pinched if pulled into the corner of a roller fairlead where the horizontal and vertical rollers overlap. While possible at excessive fleet angle and if there is not adequate roller overlap, in practice it’s a non-issue with most roller fairleads. Excessive fleet angle should be avoided with both roller and hawse fairleads for multiple reasons. Excessive fleet angle is more damaging to synthetic rope on a hawse due to the friction.

Well now, like the famous 1970’s Television commercial “You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter/You’ve got peanut butter in my chocolate” we have the Hawse Pro. The Hawse Pro is a hawse in name only. It’s a game changer. Hawse Pro looks like a hawse and mounts like a hawse, but performs like a roller. Because it is a roller.

Created (patent pending) by Max Gremillion, a member of the family that perfected and still manufactures the Pull-Pal ground anchor, the Hawse Pro is a highly engineered low-profile roller fairlead. The machined aluminum housing has a hawse profile containing stainless steel rollers. A variety of configurations are possible, from two to four rollers. Roller endplay – and possible pinch points – are said to be eliminated by high density bushings and tight tolerances.

Hawse pro fairlead first look

We are excited to see a well-made option for those who want or need the look and profile of a hawse fairlead but want to protect themselves and their expensive synthetic winch rope with the performance only rollers can provide.

www.hawsepro.com for pre-order/email inquiries. Shipping estimated first quarter 2022.


Model # 2.12 (two roller hybrid) $529.69 + shipping
Model # 4.12 (Four roller) $625.69 + shipping



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