Joining two ropes or straps when extra length is needed for towing has always been a slight art. Those who’ve attempted it will know that something like a branch or rolled up newspaper has to be put in the loops to ensure that the two loops will not bind when the material is stretched under the tension of the recovery.Now another solution has been found.The recovery link, designed by Secure Tech, is made of layers of webbing that stitch together the semi-rigid link. In this way, it takes the place of the branch or newspaper and has a retention strap with a quick-release fastener to ensure that it stays in place while the straps or ropes are not yet under tension.This flat device is simple and easy to use and takes up minimal space, making it an essential part of on off-road recovery kit. Once the two straps or ropes have been joined the link is inserted within the two loops and the retention strap is tightened, on completion of the recovery the link is simply removed and stored in the recovery kit bag. However Secure Tech warns that it is not safe practice to join straps or ropes with a shackle as should a failure occur, the shackle couldl become a potentially deadly missile.Recommended price: R45.