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adam_upWe’ve all seen dozens of winch comparisons that usually conclude with “Buy X-Brand winch, because it’s the best”. We agree that if you’re looking for a winch that you’ll use three times a day every day, you’ll want to spend as much money as you can afford on a competition-grade winch. The reality is that for most of us, the winch is an insurance policy that will rarely be used. However, on the very rare occasion that we need it, we want it to work.

The purpose of our winch test was to ensure that the various winches tested would work on a moderate obstacle. We looked at details such as: Pull speed, ease of use, perceived power (non-scientific), and best practices. We want to stress that our winch comparison was not an ‘endurance’ or ‘show down’ type of test. We wanted to show that the winches we tested (all makes and models) would work just fine with our test FJ’s.

Published in October 2009

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One of the most important aspects of being in the wilderness is recovery. What I mean by that is having the proper gear and know-how to get yourself (or a companion) out of a ‘stuck’ situation.  Many times this knowledge goes unused, but it is crucial to being self-sufficient in case of an emergency.  Having the right equipment is essential and learning how to properly use it is the next step.

We took the opportunity to brush up on these skills during a “Recovery Run” with the Colorado FJ's.  We practiced a few recovery techniques that some of us had heard of but have never done.  It’s highly recommended that you make yourself familiar with these recovery techniques prior to actually having to use them on the trail.  A demonstration run is the best way to get people together to pool ideas and techniques that you may use down the road.

Published in April 2009

In the July issue Chris Nelson was kind enough to cover some recovery basics. Fortunately for us, we saw Chris leading a group up Engineer Pass during the FJ Summit and we got to see him work first hand. While his group was pulling over to let us by, a Ti FJ managed to get high-centered on a large rock. This is a very common occurrence when wheeling in a new area, and Chris was ready. He grabbed the Hi-Lift off his truck & got out his recovery kit. Included in the kit is the Hi-Lift Lift Mate, which is an adapter that allows you to lift from a wheel.

Published in October 2008

Picture yourself driving along a trail and enjoying the great outdoors.  You turn a corner and come to a difficult section.  After a couple tries you manage to get hung up with no ability to drive forward or backwards.  What is your next step?  There are a few things to consider that I’d like to share.


Take your time: It is easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment when you are stuck.  You may be worried about your vehicle getting damaged, and people may be frantically shouting advice.  This can lead to injury and damage.   So, take a break.  Realize you are stuck and get out to look.  Knowing when to quit is a key element to preserving your vehicle and the trail.   By getting in a calm mindset you are more likely to make better decisions.

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Published in July 2008

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