MAXTRAX vs TRED: Which recovery track is best for you?


Any off-road adventure should be accompanied by a pair of recovery tracks because you’re going to need them sooner or later. When it comes to choosing which recovery track is right for you, however, sometimes the answer is not so simple. There are a number of things to consider: what kind of terrain you will be driving on, vehicle weight, how much space you can spare for storage, quality and strength, and so on.

That’s why we’ve made this comparison list between MAXTRAX and TRED 4x4 recovery tracks, two of Australia’s top recovery track brands. If you’re unsure which recovery track is better for you, read on!

MAXTRAX Recovery Tracks

Proudly Australian, MAXTRAX started as the brainchild of Brad McCarthy, author of Dirty Weekends’ “The Essential 4WD Guides”. After nearly losing his 4WD to an incoming tide despite having all the traditional recovery gear at his disposal, McCarthy decided to create his own high-quality, fool-proof recovery track to make recovering a bogged vehicle a one-man task. Thus, MAXTRAX was born.  

What makes MAXTRAX different?

Made from super tough nylon, MAXTRAX recovery boards are tough, lightweight and durable. Tested in a wide number of terrains and bogging scenarios, MAXTRAX recovery tracks are quite possibly one of the most versatile recovery tracks on the market.

Not only are their tracks made from heavy-duty reinforced nylon designed to prevent deterioration under the harsh Australian sun, they also come with intuitive features designed to make recovery easier – flexibility, repairable teeth, double edged design, easy grips and large cleats for a sturdier grip on mud and sand. Thanks to their dedication to constant improvement, MAXTRAX have become one of the most well-loved brands of off-roaders around the globe.

MAXTRAX recovery tracks are covered by lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

The MAXTRAX range

MAXTRAX XTREME

  • Made from heavy-duty engineering grade, reinforced nylon
  • 88 hard-anodised alloy teeth
  • Anti-corrosive in wet environments
  • Teeth are easily repairable with a T-50 Torx bit
  • 1150mm long x 330mm wide x 65mm high
  • Nested height 85mm

MAXTRAX MKII

  • Made from UV-stabilised, super tough and flexible reinforced nylon
  • Double edged design
  • Large cleats to sink into the terrain beneath for traction
  • 1150mm long x 330mm wide x 85mm high
  • Nested height 85mm

TRED 4x4 Recovery Tracks

Another 100% Aussie brand, TRED 4x4 are known for their highly advanced off-road recovery tracks that have been specifically developed to handle the tough Australian terrain. Tested under enormous amounts of torque, weight, flex and impact, TRED recovery tracks are exactly what you need when you’re stuck in an impossible situation.

What makes TRED 4x4 different?

Featuring extreme grip nodules, secure ramp entry teeth and anti-wear properties, TRED recovery tracks are designed with the toughest conditions in mind, from super slick mud to slippery stone. What sets TRED 4x4 apart is the flexible applications of their tracks – not only can they be used as double ended shovels, they can also be used as ramps (something not all recovery tracks can do).

Even better, TRED recovery tracks are designed so that you can link them together end on end – that way, you can have a potentially endless recovery surface without needing to purchase extra joiners. Their unparalleled traction comes from their patented Sipe-Locks, designed to grip the water evacuation channels (known as sipes) that sit on the other edge of tires.

All TRED 4x4 recovery tracks come with lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects and workmanship.

The TRED Range

TRED PRO

  • Advanced engineering designed to get traction in even the toughest conditions
  • Made from unique EXOTRED construction
  • Extremely durable, wear resistant and can handle high flexing
  • Rated up to -10⁰C
  • 1160mm long x 330mm wide x 65mm high
  • Nested height 85mm

TRED HD

  • Made from a high quality, heavy duty nylon blend
  • All seasons and terrains
  • Rated up to -15⁰C
  • 1090mm long x 314mm wide x 62mm high
  • Nested height 84mm

TRED GT

  • Made from high quality automotive grade polypropylene
  • All weather use from 0-55⁰C
  • Wider for greater traction
  • All terrain
  • 1085mm long x 312mm wide x 62mm high
  • Nested height 84mm

TRED 1100

  • Great all-rounder recovery track
  • Aggressive ramp entry teeth
  • Designated shovel feature
  • Hex grip nodules
  • Wear resistant
  • Rated up to -5⁰C
  • 1080mm long x 317mm wide x 73mm high
  • Nested height 105mm

TRED 800

  • Great all-rounder recovery track
  • Aggressive ramp entry teeth
  • Designated shovel feature
  • Hex grip nodules
  • Wear resistant
  • Rated up to -5⁰C
  • 790mm long x 268mm wide x 73mm high
  • Nested height 105mm

The answer is… both! Both MAXTRAX and TRED 4x4 recovery tracks are outstanding products, so when it comes to choosing which brand you want to go with, it’s all about the details. If you’re after something you can join head to head to make an extra long recovery track, go with TRED. If you prefer something with replaceable teeth or large grip handles, MAXTRAX is the one for you.

And if you’re still unsure, why not take a look through our huge range of MAXTRAX and TRED 4x4 recovery tracks? At Sparesbox, we’ve got everything you need for your next off-road adventure, from winches and driving lights to battery chargers and snorkels.