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Class 11, past Baja 1000 and current SCORE champion on the 2017 Baja 1000:
"We had a first hand look at these during the Baja 1000. We did not have these in the car to just look cool, or carry them to be nice to KC, well kind of-haha.
I started the race and as far as getting stuck I had no issues, that is until I hit a section of sand. I took the wrong line and I was stuck. So, we got to the point when it was time to give the ActionTrax a try. I was used to how the other brands work, so I went about things in that style. Now they are not magic, ya need to do a little digging, and get them correctly placed. I hit the throttle, CoDriver gave a push and we ramped up and over the boards very fast, and the grip and performance caught me off guard.
After a couple tries I figured out a system. If you give it a quick burst you will launch up and on to the boards, then you just GO! You just get enough speed and traction to give you a good start. We were just amazed at how well they worked, and the grip and performance was a life saver.
USActionTrax made the difference for us. We were back in the game with USActionTrax!!"
I've had the pleasure of being around a variety of vehicles during my Wildland Firefighting career and throughout my desert racing passion. Both of these activities are very structured where you go into them with a plan, while knowing that plan will change with the reality of the changing conditions. The best way to deal with the changing conditions is to plan for the worst-case scenarios. I have been stuck in the sand, mud, and snow in various vehicles. Knowing ahead of time that these situations happen and planning for it beforehand makes it much less of a crisis when I do get stuck.
In 2003 I started racing a Class 11 VW beetle, the most limited class in desert racing and the most difficult to get to the finish line in a Baja race. Knowing we would get stuck in the silt, sand, and/or mud of Baja it was customary to carry small rolls of carpet to place under the tires when stuck. This worked poorly at best! We needed to find a better way to self-extract our race car when stuck.
A few years later we heard about traction boards. We purchased a set prior to the 2013 Baja 1000 and discovered just how invaluable these plastic boards are! FireGuys Racing have been believers ever since. Prior to the 2016 50th Anniversary of the Baja 1000, FireGuys Racing once again outfitted not only the race car, a Jeepspeed Jeep Wrangler, with a set of USAction Trax boards, but also our chase trucks. Our race Jeep was 4wd, which meant when we’re stuck with a 4wd we’re really stuck! We proved that a couple times during the 1132-mile race! What would have been a miserable time-consuming extraction with shovels, turned into a brief stop!
I’ve used the same boards to extract my 1 ton dually 4wd truck when stuck in the snow in the Colorado mountains and turned what could have been a long cold night, into a minor setback as the ActionTrax boards once again proved to be invaluable.
I recently retired from my wildland Firefighter career with the United States Forest Service (USFS). Before I retired, knowing how well the boards worked in various terrain and conditions, the USFS purchased a couple sets to carry in my work rig, a 4wd pickup truck. Our side by side UTV with snow tracks also carried them. In my 32-year career as a wildland firefighter I’ve been involved with numerous vehicle extractions. I wish I had had a set of ActionTrax to make these extractions go faster and easier a long time ago! Knowing what I know now, how simple, easy, efficient, and safe these boards are to use, it makes getting out of a difficult situation so much easier and quicker! I feel much more confident driving any vehicle; large, small, heavy, light, 2wd, 4wd, high or low ground clearance on any road surface condition if I have a set of ActionTrax on board!
The USActionTrax we carried on the Fire Guys Racing Jeepspeed at the 2017 Baja 1000 played a big part in our 1stplacefinish! This extraction devise is so simple and easy to use, a must-have item to take for any excursion into the dirt, silt, sand, mud, snow...anywhere you might get stuck. USActionTraxhave proven to be an invaluable toolnot only in the race jeep but also in ourRV, our1 ton dually truck,andourrecreational Jeep. I even carry them in our 2 WD car for trips to the high country in the winter time. A lightweight piece of mind that is worth its weight in gold when needed!
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The Action Trax come with the traditional nylon “Teeth” but they also offer another version that features 72 metal “Teeth” which allow for an even tougher traction aid. The metal teeth decrease the amount of wheel spin and therefore less wear and tear to the Action Trax. Features such as the “Sawtooth” end allows the user to move trail elements away from the tire and to “Claw” your way out of various terrain such as a sand trap at the beach. Action Trax also took the time to think of the little things like making the handles larger. This allows carrying and maneuvering much easier for wearing gloves and those with big hands. Customer service goes along way and at Action Trax they are remarkable at communication with the consumer. Their products are also Unconditionally Guaranteed for two years against all defects except burning the teeth from excessive wheel spin.Other than stacking rocks or breaking out the strap, recovery trax are a product that is new to mainstream in the off road community. While the products that are out on the market today are good there is always room for improvement which is exactly what Action Trax has done. They took a great tool one step further and created a traction aid that is more diverse with improved flexibility made right here in the USA.
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I have used all sorts of traction aids in the past. Some have worked really well and some have failed immediately.When it comes to Action Trax I have been very impressed. I have pushed these beyond what they should handle and they hold up. It doesn’t matter if you are bridging wash outs, wedging between rocks, or using for sand recoveries, Action Trax will get you the traction that you need.
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