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Overlanding Gear: Maxtrax Extreme Recovery Boards

Maxtrax Xtreme recovery boards make for panic-free self-recovery when your vehicle is stuck.

Aug 24, 2020
Developed in Australia in 2001 after Brad McCarthy watched as his Land Cruiser was nearly overtaken by the tide while stuck on a beach, Maxtrax recovery boards have become synonymous with self-sufficiency and more recently overland adventures. The MkI version of the boards launched in 2005 and today have evolved into the Maxtrax Xtreme boards you see here.
The Maxtrax Xtreme boards were enhanced over the MkII boards after extensive feedback by professionals including explorers, military, off-road racers, and certified four-wheel-drive trainers. The focus was on a product that would be reliable in situations where time was constrained, such as off-road racing or a military unit in an active combat zone, and where wheelspin was likely unavoidable.
Manufactured in Australia with a proprietary engineering-grade fiber-reinforced nylon, Maxtrax boards are designed to be tough and UV stable. Each board holds 88 alloy teeth that are robot-placed during manufacturing. The nylon material is then overmolded on top of them, creating incredibly tight tolerances for the threads, enabling a very secure fit of each tooth. Each tooth is hard anodized to protect against corrosion in wet and muddy environments and are user replaceable.
The Maxtrax Xtreme boards are compatible with all existing roof and bed-mount brackets that can accommodate the MkII boards and can be easily nested with the either the MkII or Mini models. A lifetime warranty covers the Xtreme against manufacturing or workmanship flaws, and four colors are offered: Desert Tan, Safety Orange, Olive Drab, and Black.
Maxtrax boards are often considered one of the safest forms of self-recovery and work by giving your vehicle the traction it needs to lift itself up and out of the snow, sand, or mud. For more information head over to maxtraxus.com and see how we got our own Jeep unstuck below.
Photo 2/11   |   Maxtrax Xtreme boards measure 45 x 13 x 4.5 inches, and a pair comes in at 20 pounds. For storage, the boards easily next together and feature six glove-friendly hand holds.
Photo 3/11   |   These user-replaceable teeth are hard anodized and give your tires even more traction than the original boards.
Photo 4/11   |   If you do find yourself stuck, it is important not to panic and to assess your situation. Every stuck is different, but whether you are in snow, mud, or sand, the Xtreme Boards can make self-recovery super easy.
Photo 5/11   |   Because the boards easily nest together and use all existing mounting systems designed for previous Maxtrax boards, it is easy to find a solution for your setup. We used Rhino Rack's Cam Buckle Pioneer Pick Up kit, but there are multiple solutions available in the aftermarket.
Photo 6/11   |   Thanks to the symmetrical shape of the boards, which are ramped on both ends, they can be used in any orientation. They are also designed to resist cracking and bending, by being thicker in strategic areas.
Photo 7/11   |   With the Xtreme boards dismounted, we first used the backside of the board as a shovel to clear away debris from in front of the tire.
Photo 8/11   |   Next, we wedged the board against the tire face, making as much contact as possible with the tread. Maxtrax boards are extremely durable and have no problem supporting the recovery needs of loaded-down fullsize rigs, let alone our Jeep Wrangler JL.
Photo 9/11   |   Maxtrax recommends placing the boards under the front tires if only using a pair. This way the rear tires will be able to roll over them, too. Of course, every situation is different, and we were able to self-recover with the boards under our rear tires. Carrying two pairs is always an option.
Photo 10/11   |   With the boards in place, we shifted to our lowest gear and, without spinning the tires, gently rolled up on the board and out of our predicament.
Photo 11/11   |   It's always a great feeling to get up and out of a stuck, but it's an even better feeling not to lose your boards to nature. Thankfully Maxtrax includes nylon leashes that can be wrapped around your boards to recover them from deep snow or mud after they've recovered you.

SOURCE

Maxtrax
www.maxtraxus.com

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