Buyers Guide: Kinetic Recovery Rope

Kinetic rope is the new standard for dynamic recoveries

Saber Offroad kinetic rope is one of the most effective recovery tools you can travel with – and it’s changing the 4×4 recovery game.

The next generation of recovery rope is safer, smarter and stronger, and it’s been designed as a smoother way to recover vehicles in any situation, including mud, sand, water and snow.

In this buyer’s guide, we outline important details about kinetic rope and its benefits so you can make an informed decision when choosing your next recovery rope.

FJ47 gets Recovered using Saber Kinetic Rope.

What is kinetic rope? 

Kinetic rope is changing the 4×4 recovery game. Also known as a snatch rope, kinetic recovery ropes are designed to stretch, transferring the build up of kinetic energy from the recovering vehicle to the vehicle that is stuck to perform a safer recovery. Their elasticity means they will stretch 50 per cent more than a traditional snatch strap.


What are kinetic ropes made from?

Kinetic recovery rope is made from braided nylon, which can stretch unlike other materials. Nylon is also strong and can be used in a variety of recovery situations.

It has two components: An outer sleeve and an inner core. 

  • The outer sleeve is designed to handle the abuse of a recovery and protect the core rope from damage.
  • The core component of the rope is made of strong elastic fibres that, when pulled by the force of the vehicles, transfers the kinetic energy from the recovery vehicle to the vehicle being recovered.


Why use a kinetic rope?

The reason you would use a kinetic rope is primarily determined by the surfaces that both vehicles are on. If both vehicles are in soft sand and you try to recover using a static strap or chain, the recovering vehicle will simply dig itself into a hole, likewise on a slippery muddy track. Ultimately, without proper traction in any situation, the recovery vehicle will simply bog down.

In most cases, a kinetic rope will allow the recovering vehicle to gain a small amount of momentum, reducing the possibility of bogging down.

It is important to note, that while incredibly useful, kinetic ropes and snatch straps are one of the most dangerous forms of recovery and should be done with caution every time.


How does a kinetic rope work?

Kinetic energy ropes work by transferring energy from the vehicle with momentum to the vehicle that is bogged down. The rope absorbs the kinetic energy from the first vehicle, stores it momentarily as potential energy and then applies the force from the rope into the stuck vehicle. This process results in an extremely effective and efficient recovery.

The stretch that the rope experiences also allows the recovery to take place in a safer manner as it creates a smoother application of force in comparison to a traditional snatch strap.


What to look for in a kinetic rope

When you are upgrading your recovery kit to include kinetic rope, there are several areas to consider:


1) Strong outer layer and thickness of the rope

The strength of kinetic rope is determined by its thickness and the outer coating on the rope.

Nylon ropes are designed to be water resistant, UV resistant and abrasion resistant, however, when water reaches the nylon core it is weakened instantly, which is why they are often protected with a strong (polymer) outer coating. 

At Saber Offroad, the combination of the highest quality, flexible and heavy-duty Nylon 66 material, and our unique outer treatment on the finished rope, gives our kinetic ropes protection from damaging UV and abrasives such as dirt and sand.


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2) Correct size and breaking strength of the rope

The size of the recovery rope is vital to the recovery of the vehicle and situation. If you don’t have the correct size for your vehicle, it may be difficult to perform the recovery and it could become unsafe.

Kinetic recovery ropes range in size and load rating. At Saber Offroad, our 9m kinetic ropes are rated from 4000kg to 22,000kg minimum breaking strength to cover every recovery situation, from  small to medium 4WDs up to the big rigs, commercial vehicles and machinery. 

It’s important to use the rope rated for the lightest vehicle in the recovery. When working out the size of the rope needed for your particular vehicle, the rule is 2-3x the weight of your vehicle when being recovered. 

The following is a guide for choosing the right kinetic rope:  

Lightweight 4WDs: For example, Suzuki Jimny, Jeep Renegade and Subaru Forester

Kinetic rope size: 4000kg

Dual-cab utes and average-size 4WDs: Most dual-cab and mid-size 4WD, for example, Toyota Prado and Mitsubishi Pajero

Kinetic rope size: 8000kg

Large 4WDs: For example, 79 series or 200 series Landcruiser with a GVM upgrade of over 4 tonne

Kinetic rope size: 12,500kg

Over 6000kg: For vehicles and machinery over 6000kg, larger kinetic rope options are available from various brands on the market. Saber Offroad has 18,000kg and 22,000kg options.

Towing: Every recovery is different. From easy (having just lost traction) to a seriously bogged vehicle and trailer, sourcing a rope for the vehicle’s weight is the best option. In the event of a light recovery, it’s unlikely to exceed the capacity of the rope, even with the combined mass. The more seriously bogged the vehicle is, the more likely you will need to remove the trailer and recover it separately. Matching the rope to the single mass of the vehicle is the appropriate solution.


What size kinetic rope do I need?

Why is it important to have the correctly weighted rope?

Having a correctly weighted rope is also an important factor in a successful recovery.  Kinetic rope is designed to give you approximately 30 per cent stretch, which is based on the amount of force being applied to the rope.

If the rope is not weighted correctly and is too heavy for your vehicle, it won’t be able to stretch properly, making the kinetic rope act more like a chain or static rope. This may cause the vehicle performing the recovery to also become stuck. In the unlikely event of a failure an oversized rope can also mean that the failure point is on the vehicle when it is preferable for the centre of the rope to be the breaking point.

On the other hand, if the rope is too light for the recovery scenario, it is likely to break well before the force being applied to the rope reaches a high enough level to make any impact.


3) Depth of the rope’s splice

When choosing a kinetic recovery rope, look at the depth of the splice in the rope – that is, how far the rope is folded back on itself to form the loop. The splice can also determine how strong the rope is. Generally, the longer the splice, the more strength the rope has. Also, look at the tapering of the splice. If the splice isn’t tapered well at the end and has a harsh finish, it can create a weak point in the rope.  If you can see a clearly defined “end” to the splice, it may not have been done well. 


4) Trusted manufacturer 

When choosing a kinetic rope, it’s also important to choose a trusted manufacturer and brand. At Saber Offroad, our kinetic ropes also offer:

  • Extra protection: The soft and durable vinyl polymer coated eyes give extra rope protection. Many other ropes on the market offer a nylon sheath, which can be effective, however, at Saber Offroad we have worked hard to give extra protection where it is needed most.
  • Batch testing to destruction: Batch testing isnt a common practice in the 4×4 recovery industry, with many companies attaching batch numbers to their products but not necessarily testing to ensure the product’s quality. At Saber Offroad, our kinetic ropes are batch tested to destruction in a NATA-accredited facility in Australia. We work closely with local testing engineers to maintain compliance giving our customers peace of mind. Combined with the NATA testing, we also test our products in real-world scenarios, and every product is clearly labelled with the required rating and information. 


Saber offroad batch testing


Why choose a kinetic rope over a snatch strap?

What makes kinetic recovery ropes better than traditional snatch straps? Compared to tow rope, chains or even a traditional snatch strap, the benefits of using a kinetic recovery rope are many and varied. Kinetic recovery rope is now considered a safer and better recovery option than snatch straps because it’s strong, has more stretch and gives a smoother recovery with less shock factor. 

The main advantages of kinetic rope over a snatch strap is in its protection of the core, and that a splice is much stronger than the sewn eyes on the strap. Traditional straps are damaged easily and have to be taken out of service early for nicks and small cuts to the strap, while a rope with a protective layer can have a few nicks and cuts as long as the core remains undamaged.


Benefits of kinetic rope:

  • Traditional snatch straps often give less than 20 per cent stretch, whereas, when put under load, kinetic rope will stretch to 30 per cent. Compared to even the best snatch straps on the market, kinetic ropes will give 50 per cent more stretch. 
  • They are excellent at absorbing the shock of a recovery. As the rope stretches under tension, it transfers the energy from the recovering vehicle to the vehicle in need. This added stretch relieves the sudden “shock” felt during a vehicle recovery, reducing the stress on the vehicle and those inside.
  • Kinetic recovery ropes are more durable and less prone to failure, plus they are much easier to pack away.
  • The nylon used to make the kinetic ropes, together with the inner core and outer sheath combination, give added strength, protection and a longer lifespan.


Are kinetic ropes really worth it?

At Saber Offroad, we believe kinetic recovery ropes can be the best option in certain recovery situations and are certainly worth having in your recovery kit. In comparison to a snatch strap, they provide a safer recovery with around 50 per cent more stretch in the rope. On top of that, they don’t degrade as fast and retain their stretch over time when compared to a snatch strap.

These factors mean that while the initial outlay for kinetic rope may be higher than a snatch strap, you will get more uses out of your rope. In fact, many people report up to 100 recoveries out of a kinetic rope versus the recommended 10 for a snatch strap.


Upgrade your recovery kit today

We have a number of kinetic recovery ropes available in different sizes to suit all 4WD vehicles and recovery situations. Update your recovery gear here 

New Product: Saber Alloy Winch Shackle Pro

Saber Alloy Winch Shackle Pro

Introducing the Alloy Winch Shackle Pro

At Saber Offroad we are always looking to innovate by making recovery safer, smarter and stronger.  We recently released our Alloy Winch Shackle (AWS), however, we have now added to the range with our patented Alloy Winch Shackle Pro (AWS Pro). Replacing the need for a standard winch hook, the AWS Pro will conveniently hold the winch rope tightly against the fairlead to protect it and allow for convenient use when needed.

The patented channel through the AWS Pro offers optimal support for soft shackles and eliminates the risk of damage compared to other products with sharper edges. The design of the AWS Pro makes it exclusively for use with Soft Shackles.

Manufactured from 7075 Aluminium

Manufactured from Aircraft Grade 7075 Aluminium, the AWS Pro is not just incredibly strong, it’s also lightweight. The winch rope eye is held in place by a 16mm 304 stainless steel pin and internal circlip. It is installed quickly and easily. The three Rubber Fairlead Engagement Pads (RFEP) softly engage with and protect the surface of an aluminium fairlead.

Australian Finished with PRISMATIC Powder Coating

Understanding the weaknesses of other finishes from around the world, we have worked with local coating specialists to find the best solution. The Australian Powder Coating (from Prismatic Powders USA) on our Alloy Winch Shackle Pro gives strong UV stability matched with a durable, hardwearing surface.

Saber Offroad’s Strongest Winch Shackle Yet

100% Designed, Patented, Tested & Finished in Australia, rated to 18,000kg, this product is a world-class solution. At only 40mm thick and weighing a touch over 900 grams, the AWS Pro is far lighter than many lower-rated standard winch hooks on the market.

The ultimate winch hook solution from Saber Offroad

Save Almost 30kg by Modernising your Winching Gear!

Save almost 30KG by Modernising Your Winching Gear

When you stop and take notes, you will find that a simple switch-up of your Winch gear could save you almost 30kg. That’s enough for a fridge and a carton of beer!

Being conscious of your GVM and GCM is becoming an increasingly common topic of discussion among the off-road and touring community. Insurance companies, law enforcement and the transport departments are targeting overweight vehicles because of the dangers they pose.

It is no longer uncommon to be weighing every item that you are putting in your vehicle, from your ground mat, to cast iron oven, to the recovery gear that will get you home when you are in a pickle. We recently put together a breakdown of how much weight you can save by moving from a traditional winch recovery system to something more modern. Spoiler alert, it was almost 30kg.

To start with, it made sense that we look at a winch solution, as for many travelling solo, this will often be the only way to recover yourself from a bad situation. It is also probably the scenario where you are carrying the most gear because you need to be self-sufficient.

So, let’s break it down.

Traditional solutionWeightSaber Offroad SolutionWeight
Steel Rear hitch3.4KgAlloy Rear Hitch1.1Kg
Snatch Block4.1KgEzy-Glide Winch Ring1.05Kg
Winch Extension strap (30m x 9.5T)6.5KgWinch Extension Rope1.3Kg
5 x Bow Shackles (4.75T)5.25Kg5 x 20T Bound Soft Shackles1Kg
Winch Cable (30m)10.2KgWinch Rope (30m)2.3Kg
Roller Fairlead7.5KgAlloy Fairlead1.45Kg
Winch Hook1.15KgAlloy Winch Thimble (w/ Soft Shackle)0.25Kg
Total Weight38.1Kg8.45Kg

When you look at the numbers like that it is somewhat jaw-dropping. Not only are you saving almost 30kg but you are saving 30kg from a starting point of 38kg. That is almost an 80% reduction in weight.

What would you carry if you could add an extra 30kgs to your vehicle? Here are a few ideas;

  • 35L Fridge & a carton of beer to go in it.
  • Stainless steel table & 4 expander camp chairs
  • Carry an additional 250Ah of lithium batteries (still have 8kg spare)
  • Carry an extra 1.5 20L jerry cans of fuel or water

If you haven’t experienced these types of products before you may be thinking, well perhaps you are saving weight but are you sacrificing strength or durability. That is certainly not the case, all soft components are designed to give the same or greater strength than their traditional counterparts. The key to these strength to weight ratios is the lightweight fibres like SaberPro®️ and Technora®️. These fibres allow you to make incredibly strong and light ropes that can be bound in different ways for different solutions.

Overall, there are a lot of things you can do with 30kg additional carrying capacity in your vehicle. So if you are conscious of your GVM and are still running outdated recovery equipment, make sure to chat to your local Saber Offroad dealer ASAP.

Press Release: A Safer, Smarter Front Recovery Point!

Saber Offroad New Front Recovery Points

All NEW, Patented Front Recovery Point

  • First-ever recovery point designed specifically for soft shackles
  • Patented and registered design, developed and destruction tested in Australia
  • Provides significantly improved bend radius for soft shackle performance in a recovery situation
  • Recovery points developed and available now to suit: 70, 80, 100, and 105 Series Toyota LandCruiser; and Nissan Navara D40, and GU Patrol (II-V). More makes and models in development

Thursday 18th November, Melbourne: If you’re looking to reduce metal from your recovery kit, then soft shackles are the way to go. Lightweight and incredibly strong they make vehicle recoveries much safer, and Saber Offroad is one of the leading brands in soft recovery equipment.

Until now, those making the switch to soft shackles have had to rely on recovery points designed for heavy steel bow shackles. While Saber produced soft shackles with a protective binding that can be used with conventional recovery points, the sharp bend radius isn’t ideal for maximum performance of a soft shackle. And that’s why Saber Offroad has designed and developed a range of recovery points specifically to suit soft shackles.

Coated bright orange (so you’ll never lose them in the mud), constructed from up to 14.5mm plate steel with 12.9 Muts grade mounting bolts and featuring Saber Offroad’s patented design, all these recovery points are independently batch tested in a NATA-accredited facility.

Unlike regular recovery points with their square edges, Saber Offroad recovery points boast a doughnut design allowing for a significantly improved bend radius from an under-pressure soft shackle. Whilst not necessary if soft shackles are at hand, a metal bow shackle can still be used in conjunction with these recovery points.

“Our customers have been asking us to make a recovery point that is designed for soft shackles, said Steve Handbury, Saber Offroad, Director – Product Development.

“So, we sat down and looked at how we could design a vehicle-mounted recovery point specifically to suit soft shackles. We looked at a lot of different designs but our ‘ah-ha’ moment came when we split a doughnut-shaped ring in half and fitted it to a recovery point. This created a far superior bend radius to get the maximum performance from a soft shackle,” he added.

All Saber Offroad recovery points are designed, developed and destruction tested to suit specific makes and models. Currently, recovery points are available for 70, 80, and 100 Series Toyota LandCruisers, as well as the GU Nissan Patrol and D40 Navara. More vehicle makes and models will be announced in the coming months. Stock is expected to begin shipping early next year and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

Tested and rated, each recovery point should be fitted as a matched pair and used during any recovery situation in conjunction with a Saber Offroad rated soft shackle.


Contact Information:

MercuryPM Pty Ltd – T/A Saber Offroad
1/114 Merrindale Dr, Croydon South, Victoria, 3136
Ph: 03 8799 2974
[email protected]

Introducing Shackles for a Cause

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When Steve joined Saber Offroad, he raised an idea of creating a Blue Soft Shackle to raise money for Autism, and with both of us having kids on the spectrum, we moved immediately towards making it happen.

As the idea built, we wanted to do more than just raise funds for one cause, we wanted more. Welcome to ‘Shackles For A Cause”.

We have three soft shackles, Blue (Autism), Purple (Epilepsy) & Pink (Cancer). All causes close to our hearts. We will be giving 20% of every sale to the following designated charities:

About the PURPLE Shackle Charity

The Brain Foundation is a nationally registered charity dedicated to funding world-class research Australia-wide into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries.

Established in 1970 by neurologists and neurosurgeons, the Brain Foundation funds groundbreaking projects that aim to advance diagnoses, treatment and patient outcomes.  The Brain Foundation annually provides research grants to candidates who are selected by eminent neurological practitioners.

About the PINK Shackle Charity

Childhood Cancer Support is a not-for-profit organisation who, for 44 years, has been dedicated to providing families affected by childhood cancer with a place to live that looks and feels like home. Childhood Cancer Support is the oldest children’s cancer charity in Australia and was founded by a dedicated group of parents who realised there was an urgent need to provide a safe and family-focused environment for regional families whilst their child was receiving life-saving cancer treatment in Brisbane at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

About the BLUE Shackle Charity

Lyrebird College was set up to pursue excellence in the education of young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They deliver an individualised curriculum that recognises every child’s right to be supported in a joyful and caring learning environment that enables them to meet their full potential. Develop and promote good practice amongst professionals and carers in the delivery of the individualised curriculum, and promote an understanding of autism in the wider community.

We are so excited to get these on the market and help these causes in our small way! Please share as widely as you can to raise awareness for ‘Shackles For A Cause’.

Thanks so much!

Ben Bartlett

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