A winch dampener or recovery dampener is an essential item for any four wheel drive enthusiast that has a cable winch or snatch strap as part of their recovery gear. While cable winches have very large breaking capacities, the unlikely situation of a cable snapping during recovery is still a possibility and should be prepared for. A winch dampener is designed to absorb the energy from a cable if it were to snap, thus reducing recoil and further preventing the likelihood of harm to any user. As a part of common sense, it is also worthwhile ensuring users are well and truly clear of the area surrounding the cable.
The dampener weighs in at 1.1kg to meet competition standards and measures up at 500mm x 450mm when unfolded to provide the best possible absorption in the unlikely situation of a cable snapping. The bright orange colour and reflective tape on the dampener also provides great visibility to any users in the vicinity to warn of possible danger in the area during recovery. Hook & Loop strips also allow the dampener to stay fixed in place while in use. Regardless of the experience of any four wheel drive user, the Ridge Ryder Winch Dampener is a must for a safe winch or snatch strap recovery.