Trying to decide on traction boards - X-Bull, Fiery Red, or MaxGrip (2 Viewers)

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I'm trying to decide which traction boards will best fit the budget without being pieces of crap that last for one or two uses. Anybody have experience with any of the following?

- Fiery Red
-- $83-$122, I don't get the difference in price between green and black, just for color?? (or the $122 black one for $80 at Walmart it looks like..just under different brand name?)
-- The studs don't look like they have a great anchor on the back side of the board; and the bottom of the board looks pretty slick, not a lot of ridges/etc to dig in to prevent it from sliding
-- $95 traction board with jack lift base; not sure if it's worth the tradeoff of losing surface area to dedicate to jack lift base

- Max Grip Tire Traction Pads
-- $120
-- Looks nice that the studs are replaceable! Seems like an obvious thing that any other traction board should have since this is the main wear point...What are the drawbacks??

- X-Bull
-- $60 for 4th gen here (if 4th gen is a thing...I only see 3rd gen listed anywhere else haha. But, either way)
-- Seems to be the most popular off-brand traction board out there. Looks to have good stud anchoring and good bottom-of-board traction to keep it from sliding around.



If I had to choose one this second, I would probably go with the X-Bull. But I don't have to get one now so my opinion could be swayed!

Thanks for any feedback :)


Fiery Red
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Fiery Red off brand black for $80
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Fiery Red with Jack Stand Base
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MaxGrip with replaceable studs
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X-Bull
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hotdiggitydamn

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I have the Xbulls and they have been used maybe 4 times for actual recovery and they worked great. By great I mean they didn’t explode. They have faded very slightly and you can tell the plastic around the pins/cleats is stressed a little here and there as it is lighter in color. These have been used far more as a way to level the vehicle in camp and for that they work great. Again: didn’t explode. If you got the budget I would just get the Maxtrax. Otherwise these seem to work ok.
 
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Also rotopax has their own traction boards for $100. Not much information on how good they are because they're newer.

 
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I'm reluctant to jump in an buy full size one piece traction boards becuase i don't have a way to mount on my roof when our rooftop tent is mounted. Anyone been suckered in bi Instagram ad for GoTreads: GoTreads - Foldable tire traction mats to get out of mud, snow, or sand. or other foldable options and try them out?
Haven't heard of them before..looks like a cool idea though. Don't have to worry about how flexible they are to a breaking point either really, that's nice.
 

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I bought the X-Bulls just like in the first post for about $40 shipped to me off some eBay sale. For the price I couldn't pass it up. Up here in CO there are plenty of opportunities to use them in the winter and I have done so. Absolutely no complaints and have used them on myself and others many times. Give I can buy 4-5 sets for the same price as name brand it was a no brainer for me. The performance confirmation has made it even more so of a no brainer. For even $60 its an easy question to answer for me.
 

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