Safety is the most import part of any off-road recovery operation. The Rugged Ridge Winch Line Dampener helps reduce the risk of injury due to recoil in the in event of a winch line or recovery strap failure. The dampener is manufactured from durable vinyl and features heavy-duty storage pockets, and a reflective band. It folds up for easy storage and can been worn as a safety vest. Fits all winch cables and recovery straps up to 3� wide. Simply place the dampener on your recovery line and add weight to the pockets to help absorb energy, and reduce the whip of a failed winch cable.
The construction of this leaves much to be desired. The material is flimsy and it is poorly sewn. It will not last to any type of use. I will be returning this as soon as I can get by a store, it's not worth mailing back.
Recently used during a winch recovery in the snow. I didn't realize, first of all, that you're required to put a min of 5lbs of weight in the pockets so I ended up using some spare lugnuts. Ideally, the dampener should already have this weight 'sewn-in' for stability. Since the weight is only put on one side, you're forced to balance the dampener until the velcro fastener is put together on the bottom. The main problem is that the velcro didn't work properly when it got wet from the snow &, consequently, it kept falling off/emptying the weight during the winching process & slowed down the recovery. Maybe the more expensive ARB product doesn't have this problem??
Rugged Ridge was established in 2005 by the company Omix-ADA to focus on innovative aftermarket Jeep accessories. Many of Rugged Ridge's recent designs are so innovative they have been patented. This includes their floor liners, snorkel and XHD Modular Bumpers. Since 2005 Rugged Ridge has developed and manufactured over 3,000 kinds of Jeep related products. All Rugged Ridge Jeep accessories are trail rated. The Omix-ADA founder came from a family that owned a small Jeep dealership. It was the founder's dream from a young age to own a company that made accessories for Jeeps. The founder manifested the dream in 1992. Shop Rugged Ridge Now