Snatch straps are one of the most useful 4WD recovery devices on the market today. If you haven't got one in the back of your 4WD, you should be looking at getting one. Whilst they are not suitable for every single situation you might get into, they are fantastic tools when used sensibly.
Not long ago I had some straps sent to me from Alex at Hulk 4x4 to check out, test and review. The 4WD accessory industry is a tough gig, and its not easy to get into such a competitive market. I'm sure you can name at least a couple of reputable companies who sell great quality snatch straps (and a handful who sell rubbish ones too!), but that doesn't mean there isn't room for more competition.
Upon receiving the straps, I had a good look over them, and was impressed with the overall build quality. I'd asked for a 9000kg snatch strap, which is within the recommended 2 - 4 x your vehicles weight, and used it to pull a big GU Patrol out of soft sand.
How did it fare?
A good mate of mine volunteered to get bogged at a local beach so we could test the snatch strap out. I wasn't expecting him to get quite so bogged, but it was actually better for a test.
With zero digging, everyone out of the way and a dampener on the strap, I gave it the berries in our 80 series Land Cruiser, with about 3 metres of slack strap.
The Patrol popped up and moved forward roughly a metre, before I lost momentum and began to sink. I couldn't back up for a second go without engaging the lockers, but eventually lined up with some more slack for another pull
The second time I gained enough momentum to keep chugging along until both vehicles were on the harder sand.
About Hulk 4x4
Hulk 4x4 is an Aussie owned business that specialises in quality recovery equipment for 4WD's. They might be relatively new to selling 4WD gear, but have been in the 4WD community for many years, exploring this great country.
More on the straps
I mentioned above that right from pulling the snatch strap out of its packaging I could see it was well made. The stitching is well done, they are solid and stretch well. I've seen load testing results done on their straps, and they all pass their respective ratings. They are made from 100% nylon webbing, and come in great colours.
Next up was to compare them to other snatch straps on the market. The middle strap is an 11,000kg Terrain tamer snatch strap, and the yellow one is an 11,000kg Ridge Rider one. You can see that the Hulk Snatch Strap is almost the same size, even though its 2000kg lighter.
What else do they sell?
Hulk 4x4 also sell tree trunk protectors and winch extension straps. You can see a full list at Hulk 4x4 Products.
Where do I get one?
You can buy your recovery straps online, at http://www.hulk4x4.com. Check out quickly and easily (with free postage!), and the straps will arrive at your doorstep within 3 days, Your orders are tracked via Australia Post so you can keep an eye on how far away it is.
I'm impressed with these straps. They are well built, well priced and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Are they better than ARB, or Opposite Lock, or Terrain Tamer? I can't tell you, yet. From initial testing though, they are easily comparable.
Next time you need a snatch strap, check out Hulk 4x4!