What if you could “winch” yourself out without a winch?
That is exactly what the team behind Bog Out Vehicle Recovery Kit claims you can do with their product.
Note: this is not a sales pitch from me. I don’t sell these units and I’m not affiliated with the company. When Bog Out reached out and offered to send us one of their kits, my first inclination was to say, thanks, but no.
It’s not because it wasn’t a good product. But being a full-time traveler, I have to be selective about what goes in our load-out. Space is at a premium and I already have a really nice winch, snatch block, GoTreads, MaxTrax, shovel, axe, and all kinds of straps. What more do I need, right?
Here’s what made me think twice before saying no: the folks at Bog Out claimed the ability to recover my vehicle in REVERSE! Let’s face it, sometimes the best anchor point is behind you. While it may be possible to get out with a standard winch, a snatch block or two, and a whole lot of luck and skill, it’s certainly not a simple task.
Even with this tempting claim about recovering in reverse, I was still hesitant because of the space the kit would take up–and the weight it would add to our already fully packed load-out.
But what if I told you the entire twin pack Bog Out can be picked up by my three-year-old and stuffed underneath my passenger seat in the back of the Jeep?
So I gave the green light and I’ve been carrying the Bog Out Vehicle Recovery Kit in my Jeep ever since I received it.
How Does the Bog Out Actually Work?
The Bog Out seems so simple, and that’s the genius behind it. It uses your tires and gears as a winch.
This short one-minute video shows exactly how the Bog Out Vehicle Recovery Kit works:
Basically, you attach one end of the system to your stuck wheel and the other end to an anchor point, and then drive yourself out.
If it is really this simple, lightweight, and compact, then there is no reason why every off-road enthusiast shouldn’t have one of these kits as part of their recovery arsenal.
If you’re interested, you can pick one up on the Bog Out website here (not an affiliate link). There’s a flat rate shipping rate for international delivery in you’re outside Australia, which is the home of Bog Out.
Closing Thoughts on Bog Out
In full transparency, I haven’t needed to use this kit, as of this writing. We’ve only been stuck twice (once when our Jeep was still stock and I high-centered trying something I shouldn’t, and the other in the snow with a bunch of friends trying something I didn’t think we’d make, but I wanted to try anyway).
But if we’re ever in a position where we are stuck and our best recovery point is behind us, then we fully plan to put the Bog Out’s claims to the test. If we do, then we’ll definitely come back and update this article.
Regardless, I think this product is worth introducing to you. Those who read our articles regularly know how particular we are about what we carry. So I figure if it interested us, then it may interest you, as well.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this product. Especially from anyone who has actually had the opportunity to use the Bog Out in a recovery situation.
If you have anything at all to share on this topic, then please drop your comment below!
Until next time, keep it dirty and wheels side down.
~ Eric, Brittany, and #LittleNomad