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Soft Recovery Rope Shackles


Now 4x4 enthusiasts have a choice when it comes to the type of recovery shackle they use. Steel D-shackles are quickly being replaced with Sherpa's soft synthetic rope shackles. Rope shackles have many advantages over steel shackles and make for an ideal upgrade to any recovery kit.

  • Made from geniune USA Spectra® fibers
  • Sherpa rope shackles are strong as they are made from high quality synthetic rope the same as what is spooled onto Sherpa winches. The 10mm (3/8") soft shackle uses genuine USA Spectra® fiber and achieve a rating of 15,900kg (35,000lb). Note: this is the shackles Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) and actual testing often reveals even higher figures. Users can be confident these shackles will exceed the ratings of an equivalent size D-shackle.

    Rope shackles are light weight and float in water. They will never rust. This makes soft shackles perfect for use in river crossing situations, it also means there is less mass to act as a projectile if a winch rope was to ever break. A heavy steel shackle can easily punch a hole through a vehicle and do serious injury if allowed to become a projectile. Whilst rope shackles still have some mass, they are much safer and don't store the same level of energy.

    Rope shackles are simple to use and fast to set up. Carry them in your glove box or hang them off your belt. The soft shackle will not over tighten and are easy to loosen after a recovery.

    Rope shackles can be wrapped around almost any surface or shape. Where a standard steel shackle might have bound, the rope shackle can quickly be manipulated to fit almost any situation.

    Sherpa manufacture their soft rope shackles to be strong and also user friendly. Each shackle comes with a high quality protective sleeve ensuring years of use and performance. Each shackle is clearly labelled with its rating unlike inferior imitations.

    Sherpa Soft Shackle Features:

    • Large loop diameters to increase versatility
    • High performance ratings with full testing and labeling included
    • Good resistance to UV, abrasion and chemicals
    • Protective sleeve designed to reduce chaffing
    • Carry pouch included with 10mm soft shackle selection
  • Part Number Rope Diameter Loop Diameter Total Length Minimum Breaking Strain (MBS)
    SSS10X152 10mm (3/8") 152 mm 600mm 15,909 kg (35,000 lb)
    SSS16X600 16mm (5/8") 600 mm 1900mm 32,400 kg (71,280 lb)
  • Winch Owner's Manual 

    Grunter Boat Winch Owner's Manual

    ATV Winch Owner's Manual

    Winch Dimensions:

    'Mustang' 9,500Lb with 28m spool

    'Brumby' 10,000Lb high speed winch

    'Colt' 12,000Lb

    'Steed' 17,000Lb with 28m spool

    'Steed' 17,000Lb with 45m spool

    'Mule' 17,000Lb dual motor winch with 45m spool

    'Stallion'  25,000Lb winch with 30m spool

    Tow Truck Winch 20,000Lb

    'Grunter' boat trailer winches (Standard & HP Models)

    'Grunter' Boat Trailer Winch Mounting Bracket

    ATV Winch 4,500Lb

    ATV Winch 4,500Lb Mounting Plate

    Winch Control Box

    Wiring Diagrams:

    Dual Motor Winch Wiring Diagram

    Winch Solenoid Wiring Diagram

    Winch Weights:

    Winch Type Other 92ft (28m) Cable 92ft (28m) Rope 100ft (30m) Rope 100ft (30m) Cable 148ft (45m) Cable 148ft (45m) Rope
    ATV Winch 4,500Lb 15lb (7 kg) X X X X X X
    9,500Lb X 57lb (26 kg) 42lb (19 kg) X X X X
    10,000Lb (High Speed) X X 50lb (23 kg) X X X X
    12,000Lb X 66lb (30 kg) 50lb (23 kg) X X X X
    17,000Lb Single Motor X 60lb (30 kg) 50lb (23 kg) X X 88lb (40 kg) 57lb (26 kg)
    17,000Lb Dual Motor X X X X X 101lb (46 kg) 71lb (32 kg)
    Tow Truck Winch 20,000Lb X 100lb (45 kg) 66lb (30 kg) X X X X
    25,000Lb X X X 68lb (31 kg) 104lb (47 kg) X X

    Cable Data:

     Winch Type Cable Type Length Cable Size
    Grunter Boat Trailer Winches (All models)

    Positive (Power)

    7m (~23ft) 50mm²

    Negative (Earth)

    3m (~10ft) 32mm² 

    Control Box Cables

    Various <1m (< ~3ft) From winch to control box only.  25mm² 
    Grunter Cable Upgrade (Postive cable only)

    Positive (Power)

    10m (~32ft) 50mm² 

    4x4 Winches (All models)

    Mustang, Colt, Steed, Mule, Brumby, Stallion, Tow Truck winch models.

    Positive (Power)

    1.8m (~6ft) 25mm² 


    Negative (Earth)

    1.8m (~6ft) 25mm² 

    Control Box Cables

    Various <1m (< ~3ft) From winch to control box only.  25mm²
    4x4 Winch Cable Upgrade

    Positive (Power)

    3m (~10ft) 25mm²

    Negative (Earth)

    3m (~10ft) 25mm² 
    Big Air - Air Compressors (All models)

    Positive (Power)

    3m (~10ft) 16mm²

    Negative (Earth)

    3m (~10ft) 16mm²

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Mick R
Soft Recovery Rope Shackles

Received in a timely manner and look to be of good quality, have not had a chance to use them as yet.

Great soft shackle! Highly recommend!

We use lots of different soft shackles in our business of Beach Auto Recovery. They Sherpa soft shackle is built of material and skill. The protective sleeve helps when we have sharp tow points. We have gone thru alot of soft shackles, but, the Sherpa soft shackle has lasted the longest. Great product.

Tim Reed
Soft Recovery Rope Shackle


Rope shackles

Great for large machinery recovery where you definitely don't want a chain or bow shackle to snap. Every farmer should keep one in their kit.

Rope shackles

Good quality and high vis. Very safe to use! Will never go back to steel shackles.