DT TESTED: Rugged Ridge Soft Rope Shackle

December 2017 Products, Feature Roy Sparks

Rugged Ridge has taken the same developments in synthetic rope technology over the past decade and applied them to a simple, easy-to-use recovery shackle. When it’s new 7/16-inch diameter Soft Rope Recovery Shackle was released earlier this year, we decided to give it at try.

The high-quality High Modulus Polyethylene Fiber (HMPE) rope is woven into a “noose” that is said to be stronger than a comparable steel D-ring shackle while gaining infinite flexibility over its rigid steel counterparts. After putting it to the test, we’d have to agree. With a 7,500-pound working load limit, it is surprisingly strong with 30,000 pound breaking strength.

The Soft Rope Shackle’s one-piece construction eliminates the chance of losing shackle pins and are so lightweight that if dropped, it will sit on top of mud rather than sinking to the bottom. The synthetic rope fiber does not absorb water, has low-friction characteristics and resists abrasions. The rope shackle can be washed with water, air dried, and will not rust. The Rugged Ridge Soft Rope Shackles are backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty with retail pricing starting at $46.99 or $93.99 for a pair.

Product Score 93

Application 19/20

Function 47/50

Durability 10/10

Design 10/10

Price 7/10




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