A quality tow strap can be a life saver on the trail
When something breaks on your ATV or you run out of gas more than a short jog away from camp, the last thing you want is to be caught without an ATV tow strap in your pack. The good news is there are no shortage of quality ATV tow straps available that can help you get back home again. In fact, the same tow straps that Jeeps and other off-road 4×4 vehicles use will work perfectly well on your ATV or UTV.
Not to be confused with a recovery strap, which is engineered to stretch in order to help recover a stuck vehicle, a tow strap is comparatively rigid in length. It has just one purpose: to provide a means of pulling a disabled vehicle from Point A to Point B. To do this, ATV tow straps are typically made from strong water- and UV-resistant polyester, and designed with a reinforced loop at each end for affixing to a D-ring shackle or tow hook.
It’s tempting to think that your ATV will never find itself disabled; you keep the tank topped off, after all, and maybe it’s a newer model in tip-top mechanical shape. But the fact of the matter is that the unexpected does happen. Maybe your fuel level sending unit stops working and you run the tank dry, or you stress a half-shaft to the point of failure trudging through some especially gnarly mud. Whatever the case may be, an ATV tow strap is a godsend when the unexpected happens, and it’s so small and light that there’s very little penalty to carrying one.
These days, you can hop online and, with a few clicks, find countless inexpensive ATV tow straps for sale. But how do you know that what you’re buying will actually stand up to the task when it comes time to pull your ride back to camp? We’re here to help. In this list, we’ve rounded up the very best ATV tow strap options available today, covering a range of price points and numerous manufacturers. All of them are high-quality straps that we wouldn’t hesitate to use on our own machines.
Table of Contents
- 1. Editor’s Choice: TGL 2” x 20’ ATV Tow Strap
- 2. Smittybilt CC220 2” x 20’ Recovery Strap
- 3. Rhino USA Combination 20’ Tow Strap And Shackle Hitch Receiver
- 4. Otherya 3” x 30’ Recovery Tow Strap
- 5. JACO 4x4 TowPro Recovery Tow Strap
- Where to carry an ATV tow strap?
- How long should your ATV tow strap be?
1. Editor’s Choice: TGL 2” x 20’ ATV Tow Strap
Strong enough to get the job done and cheap enough that you can buy up a few in case one of them fails in the field, this 20-foot tow strap from TGL is one heck of a bargain. In fact, it’s so inexpensive that you really have no excuse to ever ride without an ATV tow strap again. Made from durable polyester measuring 2 inches across, this tow strap has a break point of 10,000 pounds, with a 3,333-pound working load limit – more than enough to pull your lightweight ATV back to camp. In fact, the customer reviews are chock full of stories about using this strap to drag cars, SUVs, and even RVs – although we’ll remind you that exceeding any strap’s rated capacity can be quite dangerous.
2. Smittybilt CC220 2” x 20’ Recovery Strap
Although it’s labeled as a recovery strap, the Smittybilt CC220 really makes for a better ATV tow strap than a recovery tool. There are versions rated to withstand up to 40,000 pounds, and some versions measuring up to 30’ in length, but for the application, we’re sticking with the 2” x 20’ strap, rated for up to 20,000 pounds. That’s well beyond the sort of peak force you should ever expect to see pulling an ATV, even if the trail is especially muddy, and the 20’ length puts your ATV safely behind the tow vehicle without being so long that it’s unwieldy. Best of all, with a reputable brand like Smittybilt behind it, you know you’re getting a well-built, durable ATV tow strap that will perform as advertised.
3. Rhino USA Combination 20’ Tow Strap And Shackle Hitch Receiver
Looking for a well-made, all-in-one kit with a shackle hitch receiver to put on your SUV or truck? Rhino USA has your back. Rhino is a brand by off-road enthusiasts, for off-road enthusiasts, and this 20’ ATV tow strap combo demonstrates Rhino’s deep understanding of its buyers’ needs. Made from an exclusive polyester and silk webbing, the strap has a rated break point in excess of 31,000 pounds, and it comes with a nifty, durable drawstring carry bag that makes it easy to pack and stow. The included shackle hitch receiver is the real selling point, though; with that, you’ll always have the perfect way to affix the strap to your tow vehicle. All you might need to buy separate is a hook or shackle for your ATV.
4. Otherya 3” x 30’ Recovery Tow Strap
It’s a bit pricey, considering that it doesn’t ship with any shackles or other supporting gear, but this Otherya tow strap is strong – like, really strong. It has a rated break point of 30,000 pounds, and a working load limit of 10,000 pounds, making it not only one of the best ATV tow straps on this list, but an excellent car/truck/SUV tow strap as well. Sold with a money-back satisfaction guarantee and a convenient drawstring carrying bag, this 30-foot tow strap is the strap you get when you anticipate having to pull vehicles far heavier than your ATV.
5. JACO 4x4 TowPro Recovery Tow Strap
JACO makes some of the best off-road recovery products in the industry and ATV tow straps are no exception. This 4×4 TowPro Recovery Tow Strap is backed with a 100% lifetime warranty, so you know it is built to last. As for specs, this strap measures three inches wide and 20’ long and has a breaking strength of 31,542 lbs with a working load limit of 10,663 lbs. It is built of 90% military-grade polyester and 10% high-strength nylon. While this is a tow strap at heart, it does offer up enough stretch (7%) to help absorb any shock or impact during recovery use. Finally, heavy duty closed end loops boast double-diamond stitching and protective sleeves.
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Where to carry an ATV tow strap?
ATVs are not exactly brimming with storage space, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find a way to carry a tow strap with you when you ride. If you have a Utility ATV, using your front or rear rack is the simplest way to carry a tow strap. Just tie it down and it’s ready to go when you are. If you don’t want it fully exposed to the elements, you can put it in a backpack or a storage box that can also be locked down into one of your ATVs racks. We like this rear rack box, which has plenty of room for anything you might need on the trail.
How long should your ATV tow strap be?
The length of your tow strap is a topic of some debate. For pure towing purposes, we prefer ATV tow straps of about 20 feet in length. Longer straps can be a bit cumbersome to use on longer tows. However, a longer strap does have its benefits if you use it for recovery as well. If you have a longer strap, your recovery vehicle can be a little farther away on more solid footing when pulling out a stuck vehicle. A longer strap also helps if you are wrapping it around a tree during recovery.