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    Default Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Looking to get a set of sand tracks.
    Would obviously love max trax but they're a bit pricy.

    Any opinions on the front runner sand trax mat?
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    Any other recommendations?

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    They didn't get a very good rating in the latest SA4x4 Mag.
    Some nice info to check out on the exact subject.
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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Shwam View Post
    From what I recall, they are quite heavy...

    What is your intended use for them?
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    Some of the advantages of the MaxTrax is that they can be used as a spade and a short bridge. (Done both)
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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    The maxtrax are an excellent product, and probably worth saving up for.

    Sand Trax are like a winch, or a highlift jack. Most of the time they are bolted to the vehicle just to make it look good. But on those odd occasions where a serious offroader needs to actually use them, you appreciate the quality product

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwam View Post
    Looking to get a set of sand tracks.
    Would obviously love max trax but they're a bit pricy.

    Any opinions on the front runner sand trax mat?
    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...yABEgKcgvD_BwE

    Any other recommendations?
    Those front runner mats work okay in sand, but thats about it. They arent nearlt as good as a solid track. And they are no good in mud. They become as slippery as an eel.

    The benefit is they pack nicely, and double up well as shower mats when in camp (which is what ours are used for 99% of the time)

    On trick when using these in sand recoveries, is to attach them to the rear bumper with a rope, so once you get going you keep your momentum, and the mat just drags along behind till you have a safe place to stop

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Would obviously love maxtrax but out of my price range right now.
    The trip I'm intending to get them for will have quite a lot of sand driving.
    Would prefer to get something that will be decent in mud so maybe the mats aren't the best idea.

    What do you guys think of this max trax rip off below. They're pretty cheap...
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...9093453017488/

    Also these by front runner
    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...xoCUb0QAvD_BwE

    And these
    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...BoCphYQAvD_BwE

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Invariably quality is connected to price.

    I have alu tracks and also fibre tracks.....and never used them.
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    I have a set of Grip and Go's in the cruiser and on the two occasions that I needed them in the KTP they did the job.
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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Have a look at these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOD View Post
    Have a look at these.
    Thanks. Just enquired about them.

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    The Pioneer Plastics recovery tracks are R410 ex vat.
    Think I'll get a pair of those

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    Quote Originally Posted by Shwam View Post
    The Pioneer Plastics recovery tracks are R410 ex vat.
    Think I'll get a pair of those
    That's cheap, but they don't look like they're going to do well in mud..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanRoux View Post
    That's cheap, but they don't look like they're going to do well in mud..
    They'll most probably only be used for sand in my next trip if I do get stuck.
    Planning to hopefully not use them haha

    Do they not look good for mud because they're quite smooth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOD View Post
    Have a look at these.
    I have a pair of these, with a slight difference - mine don't have small rectangular depressions between the steps, and mine are grey - not orange), not sure if the material/plastic is the same.
    I only used them once so far; to help a game viewing vehicle stuck in muddy water/river. It was a tricky recovery (deeper than axles) and the car was eventually pulled out (by a Dutch guy with this amazing rope - not much thicker than a washing line - but incredibly strong - another story....).
    So when the recover was done, I had to find (literally) and recover my 'Recovery Trax' which were stuck deep in the water and mud. When I pulled them out (which was a real mission), they were badly deformed/twisted. Oddly though, it was quite easy to twist and bend them back into shape.
    This mud test was a fail (though I'm not sure any trax would have helped this incident), and the deforming is a concern.
    Sand? Dunno. I suspect they might fare slightly better?

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    If you are worried about the sand tracks through the Maputo Elephant Reserve to Santa Maria...donít.

    I have driven those tracks 3 or 4 times a year for 16 years, usually towing a boat, and have never been stuck.

    My brother & brother-in-law drive to our camp there in 2x4 Toyota bakkies without problems so long as you want the track ahead and keep your speed & revs up when you see a particularly bad section of sand ahead. Sand driving is all about reducing tyre pressure (1.2 bar will usually be perfect), maintaining momentum & keeping your revs up.

    What vehicle will you be driving?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarylB View Post
    If you are worried about the sand tracks through the Maputo Elephant Reserve to Santa Maria...donít.

    I have driven those tracks 3 or 4 times a year for 16 years, usually towing a boat, and have never been stuck.

    My brother & brother-in-law drive to our camp there in 2x4 Toyota bakkies without problems so long as you want the track ahead and keep your speed & revs up when you see a particularly bad section of sand ahead. Sand driving is all about reducing tyre pressure (1.2 bar will usually be perfect), maintaining momentum & keeping your revs up.

    What vehicle will you be driving?
    I'm in a 2001 prado 90 series. Decent set of tyres.
    I'm not too worried about getting stuck but would like to have something with me just in case.
    At around R1200 a set of those explorers seems like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwam View Post
    I'm in a 2001 prado 90 series. Decent set of tyres.
    I'm not too worried about getting stuck but would like to have something with me just in case.
    At around R1200 a set of those explorers seems like a good idea.
    Okay then but in that vehicle I doubt very much you will get stuck anywhere on that route unless you do something silly, and then you will probably get out easily anyway in low range.

    To me sand ladders etc are just more crap to carry!

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    I've decided I will definitely get a set of tracks just in case I do get stuck.
    I like to explore and do stupid crap pretty often :P

    Narrowed it down to the below two.
    Which would you guys get?

    Grip and go folding tracks or the explorer maxtrax rip offs.

    https://www.campandclimb.co.za/produ...covery-tracks/

    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...SABEgJSuvD_BwE

    Space and weight isn't a deciding factor.

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    Default Re: Sand tracks which won't break the bank

    The Explorer Maxxtrax rip-offs look more practical though I canít find an indication of their length?

    The problem with getting stuck in sand though is that once you get mobile again usually you canít stop to retrieve your trax, especially on those sandy tracks through the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve. So a rope or something to drag them behind you a while may be a good idea, and just hope they donít dig in or hook on something.

    One other thing to be aware of on those tracks, especially where it goes through dense bush, is often you might come upon locals driving as fast as they can to maintain momentum in 2x4 bakkies, coming the other way! There have been several head ons and many close shaves.

    And of course Murphy always decrees these meetings happen in the thickest sand where you will have to climb out of the tracks to let them past!
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