When embarking on a 4x4 adventure, it's not enough that you have a perfectly tuned-up vehicle. You have to pack the right tools. Whenever you get stuck in deeper grooves, in rutted trails, or in knee-deep mud, there must be a way for the vehicle to get over them. You'll need a snatch strap and block, a recovery damper, a winch extension strap, and even some bow shackles and gloves. The complete recovery kit shouldn't lie just about everywhere in your vehicle. It should be stored and arranged well. And for that, you'll need a good winch pack. For this, we settled on a large ARB tool bag. Here's what we think about the large recovery bag (ARB501):
- Sold individually
- Doesn't come with straps
- Comes in large size
- Designed to fit a recovery kit
- The large recovery bag has some compartments in it to help stuff the gears easily. This makes it easier to arrange the tools inside the bag.
- We're not really a big fan of orange, but this color makes it easier to spot the bag in bushes or even in the dark.
- The bag has removable liners and can be secured easily. We like the dividers and liners inside. They keep everything neat. The design of the bag isn't too cluttered. It's simple, but it works.
- The bag doesn't seem like the type that will get ruined easily by water, moisture, changes in temperature, and exposure to dirt.
- Although we're able to store some straps, shackles, gloves, and other types of recovery gear inside the bag, we like it better if the bag is bigger. We already got the large-sized recovery bag, but we're still hoping for a bit more space.
- The bag doesn't come stocked with the straps. Items are sold individually. This, however, allowed us to pick the perfect strap weights.
- We think it's a bit pricey.
The bag has a simple but functional design. It has liners and compartments to store gears neatly. Although we got the large bag, we're hoping to get a wee bit more wiggle room inside. Nonetheless, we can say that the bag is durable and useful, although a bit pricey.