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    thanks for sharing, recently picked up some gator-jaw soft shackles and a kinetic rope

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    I know we shouldn't reach for the kinetic ropes first for safety reasons, but let's be honest, they are pretty much the most fun method of getting someone unstuck.

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    speedkills previously posted:
    "I know we shouldn't reach for the kinetic ropes first for safety reasons, but let's be honest, they are pretty much the most fun method of getting someone unstuck. "

    Huh? Everything I have been researching says the opposite, that using the kinetic ropes is much safer than the tow straps, what am I missing?

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    Interesting, I had seen the opposite, that you should use traction boards or a winch first as the kinetic ropes build much more kinetic energy and have a higher chance of damaging something/someone. I tend to use them first though because I like using them.

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    Tow strap is for moving a vehicle a distance. Kinetic is for recovery. I use a dock line for recovery which is what the kinetic ropes were originally for. I worked on a 52' sailboat that went from Miami to Bimini and when they bought it they changed the brand new ropes from black to blue. I took the bowline, it's a 1" double braid with an eye at one end, designed to take constant shock loads 24/7 from a yacht. Oddly, Bubba ropes is out of Miami... I use the eye on one end, and either tie a bowline or a keyed clove hitch on the free end.

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    Paul previously posted:
    "Tow strap is for moving a vehicle a distance. Kinetic is for recovery."

    This is essentially what I learned, Tow straps are for moving disabled vehicles and kinetic ropes are for recovery from being stuck in sand/snow/mud

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    Same, except I learned for recovery reach for a kinetic rope after traction boards and winch.

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