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    MAXTRAX Recovery Boards Range Overview - Which Board Should I Buy?

    May 14, 2024 4 min read

    MAXTRAX Recovery Boards Range Overview

    With four choices in the MAXTRAX recovery board range you're probably asking yourself which MAXTRAX should you buy? Check out our overview below to answer that question! 

    Which MAXTRAX recovery tracks should I buy?

    • MAXTRAX MINIs recovery tracks are perfect for smaller ATVs like quad bikes, Polaris, and off-road buggies with smaller tyres, and less carrying space.
    • MAXTRAX LITE recovery tracks are the go-to board for those with lighter vehicles conscious of weight restrictions, and less infrequent off-roaders who want to save some money while still having the confidence to hit the beach or off-road trails. 
    • MAXTRAX MKII recovery tracks are the original and the best - the most popular recovery board in the range, they suit heavier vehicles and those who rely on their gear to give them the confidence to get into remote or adventurous locations. 
    • MAXTRAX XTREME recovery tracks are the ultimate option when you want the best of the best. The key difference here is that you can replace the teeth in the field, which are made of alloy for ultimate strength and durability on mission critical uses, including first responders and the military!

    Uncompromising MAXTRAX DNA

    There's a few things that you'll notice are consistent across the whole family of MAXTRAX recovery boards - we call this MAXTRAX DNA. The common DNA in the range is that all of our recovery boards:
    • All MAXTRAX recovery boards are Australian made, backed by a lifetime warranty
    • Have patented double ramp designs, which doubles as a shovel
    • Have large, aggressive teeth that give your tyres maximum traction 
    • Have comfortable built-in handles, and pinholes for secure storage 
    • Stack together in a low profile, sleek and seamless way


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    Let's move onto the core differences in the range, starting with the MINIs. So in addition to all of the great MAXTRAX DNA we just ran through, the MINIs are:
    • Made from MAXTRAX's proprietary nylon blend - like the Mk2s and XTREMEs this is the toughest blend around and means they'll bend around the weight of your tyres and bounce back no worries 
    • They're 640mm long and have 44 super tough nylon teeth. 
    • The minis are best suited for small vehicles like a Jimny, or more commonly for off-road buggies like your Polaris and ATVs.


    The MAXTRAX LITE is the most affordable in the range, and the lightest - which opens up a world of possibilities for people who might not be getting off-road as frequently, might not have a large vehicle, but still want that confidence and insurance that we all know and love by carrying a set of MAXTRAX.
    • The MAXTRAX LITE recovery boards are 895mm long which is 22% shorter than the full sized MKIIs and XTREME
    • They've got 66 teeth and are made from an impact resistant thermoplastic which is what makes them so light
    • Speaking of weight, they're a massive 48% lighter so almost half the weight of the MKIIs, weighing just 1.8kg each
    • They're rated to 3500kg, whereas your MKII and XTREME are rated to 4500kg. So in terms of vehicle fits, these are going to be ideal for your Jimnys, your dual cab utes that aren't running a canopy, and even perfect for the adventurous smaller SUVs like your Subarus and RAV4s.
    • If you're doing lighter or less frequently off-roading, have a smaller 4WD, or just looking for your first set of recovery boards while sticking to a budget - the LITE is the answer.

    You can also check out our own rundown of MAXTRAX LITE here:


    Moving up from the LITE we have the MKII recovery tracks, these are the most popular 4WD recovery boards in the world and for very good reason.
    • The MKIIs are 1150mm long with 88 teeth, and they're made from our proprietary UV-stabilised, flexible, super tough engineering-grade reinforced nylon. This is a proprietary blend meaning you'll only find it in our recovery boards, and it's what makes them the most reliable recovery tracks.
    • If you're wondering just how tough they are, you can check out a range of real-world reviews online. In terms of lab testing, the MKIIs were actually tested at the University of Queensland to wrap completely around a 33-inch tyre, without breaking. They're designed to take a beating!
    • So if you're looking for something that'll get you out of any situation, the Mk2s are your best mate. They'll give you the confidence to get out there and have a good time, AND the means to get back again if you get into some trouble.


    Now at the top end of the range, we have the best of the best for extreme conditions - the accurately named MAXTRAX XTREMEs. 
    • They're the same length as the MKIIs and have the same number of teeth, they're also made from that super tough proprietary nylon blend.
    • BUT what makes these the absolute best of the best is that every tooth is made from alloy for extra toughness, and the teeth are replaceable.
    • So if you get a bit excited and spin your wheels on the teeth, or you're getting into some really extreme conditions that puts your gear under stress, you're going to love these. You can just pop the teeth out, and replace them again - which means they're going to get you out of those extreme conditions again and again.
    • These are the boards that are trusted by not just us, but the military, special forces and first responders who are getting into field critical missions.

    So that's it - the full family of MAXTRAX recovery boards, the common DNA shared across the range, and the unique attributes of each. There's a recovery board and price point in our range to suit every person and vehicle wanting to explore off-road, with the confidence that you'll be able to get yourself back home again.