TREDS Off-Road Recovery Tracks Overview
TREDS Off-Road Recovery Tracks (MaxTrax’s Main Competitor)
There is a debate on whether the TREDS or the MAXTRAXS are best. I mean, there really is no question, MAXTRAXS are the best set you can buy, just go watch a few YouTube video comparisons.
There are a few off-road enthusiasts out there that swear by the TREDS as well. There are also a handful of people in some forums that say these tracks are garbage, so it really depends on your personal preference and budget.
Either way, tracks are a key off-road accessory that you should carry with you when you explore new roads.
The main question is going to be whether or not $175 (Pair) for TREDS can buy you something close in terms of quality compared to the MAXTRAX sitting at $600 (Pair).
There are a wide variety of recovery tracks available for cheaper. But if you are looking around, you will quickly find there are quite a few options.
Different Models of the TREDS
MODEL SPECS: The 800 is 31.1 inches long, 10.55 inches wide, and 2.87 inches tall. The 800 weighs 9.5 pounds. The 1100 is 42.52 inches long, 12.48 inches wide, and 2.87 inches tall. The 1100s weighs 13.5 pounds. The PRO Size: 45.5 inches long, 13 inches wide, and 2.5 inches tall. Weight per pair on the pro: 19 lbs.
These recovery tracks offer multiple sizes that are suitable for a large range of vehicles and storage spaces. TRED also offers a wide range of accessories that can complete your off-road recovery kit. Some of these may include bags and recovery straps.
What TRED Say’s about Their Recovery Tracks
The TREDS have been designed with a superior material that has been engineered to withstand many different types of terrain and weather conditions. Whether you are off-road in snow, mud, sand, gravel, loose rock or hard jagged rock, these recovery tracks can help you out of your situation.
With these tracks, you will get a superior ramp design that was engineered specifically for optimal vehicle recovery in many different conditions, including mud, sand, clay, snow, and anything else you can throw at them.
Multiple Color Options
- Military Sand
- Gun Metal Grey
These tracks come in a wide variety of color options. This is very cool because the MAXTRAX only come in Orange and Black I believe. Maybe they have since released some new colors. If they have, please drop some comments below and let us know.
This was one of the main reasons why we purchased the TREDS. We did not want a bright orange set of MAXTRAX mounted on top of the 4Runner. Although, we might go this route in the future if these tracks do not hold up.
Ergonomic Handles & Superior Grip
The TREDS offer ergonomic handles that have been integrated with their unique design that provides maximum grip and superior comfort and overall control.
With this superior grip, the tracks allow for maximum control for removing and attaching the tracks to your roof rack or wherever you are going to mount them. The TREDS also feature many different cleats and studs. The design has been tailored for maximum traction to reduce strain on your 4Runner or any other 4×4 you drive.
Compared to MAXTRAX: They both have a solid design. Ergonomic is really pushing it here. How ergonomic are you trying to be off-road?
Aggressive Cleats/ Teeth Design
With the aggressive cleats or teeth design, these tracks lock aggressively onto your tires and they prevent your wheels from spinning, which in tune can burn off the cleats from your tires getting so hot.
This is well-known downside about the TREDS and the MAXTRAX alike. When your tire is trying to get traction on one of these tracks, they can get so hot that they will literally burn off the cleats and teeth.
Compared to MAXTRAX: While the TREDS have more of a studded look, the MAXTRAX has true teeth. The MAXTRAX tracks have a sharp tooth and the TREDS have the nut.
“Revolutionary” Shovel Design
These tracks feature a “revolutionary shovel feature” that is yet to be debated as revolutionary. I say that this is yet to be debated because TRED just released the Pro which does not feature this “Revolutionary” shovel design. The shovel feature was designed to clear debris and obstructions for optimal placement prior to recovery. If you are new to the 4×4 world, you probably want to buy a folding military style shovel just in case.
Compared to MAXTRAX: Although the MAXTRAX does not feature a revolutionary shovel design, you can still use them as a shovel. And, the TREDS do not really have a shovel by any means, its just a shaved off corner on the end of the tracks.
Mounting Recovery Tracks
The TREDS boast eight different holes for mounting and linking. If you were looking to mount the treads to a roof rack, you have plenty of options. We are still between options in mounting these on our Rhino-Rack, which we are soon replacing with a full-length rack. When we do mount the tracks, we will have an updated post for this.
Compared to MAXTRAX: While the TREDS have more mounting points, there are more companies that offer better mounting solutions for the MAXTRAX because it is a more popular product overall. But, the MAXTRAX are also much more expensive. Again, the TREDS are $175 for a pair while the MAXTRAX are $600 for a pair.
Stable Channel Design for Solid Ground Placement
Similar to the MAXTRAX, the TREDS have a unique channel design that has been designed to allow easy stacking and easy stowaway capabilities. The unique underside design of the TREDS have been manufactured and engineered for complete traction on the ground that limits slippage and reduces the possibility of the tread’s getting sucked underneath your tires.
Compared to MAXTRAX: The differences here are very minor. They both feature a channel design on the underside of the recovery track.
Superior Strength & Functionality Combined with Affordability
With leading engineering behind the team, You can trust that the TREADS have been thoughtfully produced with a superior strength, durability, functionality, and most importantly affordability.
Compared to MAXTRAX: Here is the main question. MAXTRAX wins the Durability contest overall, while TREDS win the affordability contest. If you are serious about off-roading and you find yourself stuck frequently, then grab a pair of MAXTRAX. If you are an occasional off-road enthusiast and think you might get stuck one day, grab a pair of TREDS. There is also something to be said about guys that have been wheeling for 20 years and swear by the TREDS.
If you are looking for lifetime support and a lifetime warranty, the treads might be your go-to option. The treads are the only recovery tracks that offer a lifetime warranty.
Initial Thoughts and First Impressions
They look great, the feel incredibly durable and the price was unmatched. There are a few other tracks on Amazon and other websites that are under $100 for a pair. I personally would stay away from these tracks as they have no reputation or proven results. The TREDS and the MAXTRAX are the only sets of tracks we would recommend but that doesent mean there is not another good set out there.
If you see another set or tracks that you would like to share, comment below.
In a future post, we will put these tracks to the test and then really go from there. But, this page should give you a good idea of what these tracks and the MAXTRAX are all about.