Roughly a year ago I swapped out my Viking Off Road Recovery Bag for the Blue Ridge Overland Gear (BROG) Large Recovery Bag. The main reason for the change was due to the slimmer profile, superior construction, and overall better layout of the BROG product. While this isn’t meant to be a dig at the Viking product, it’s really just a bulky and glorified duffel bag with some reflective tape.
Like the rest of their hand crafted gear, the BROG Large Recovery Bag or as they like to call it the “Oh Crap, I’m Stuck” Large Recovery Bag is produced right here in the Greatest State of Virginia. It’s constructed of 500D Cordura, lined with vinyl for easy cleanup, and like every other overland product has plenty of MOLLE webbing and Velcro for all your patches.
The bag also features a brass grommet on the bottom to allow water to drain out, has webbing on the side to keep your shackles easily accessible, and has a set of heavy duty wide handles that are easy to grip even with muddy gloves.
So how much stuff can you fit in this bag? A lot. Don’t let the size deceive you, it’ll carry all the recovery gear
your buddy in his brand new 4Runner on street tires will need you need and then some. Utilizing the recovery bag, I can carry 1 16′ ARB tree strap, 1 ARB 24,000 LBS recovery strap, 1 Research in Recovery “snatch block”, and 4 soft shackles. I’m also able to store 2 sets of gloves in the rear mesh pouch, it’s also a great place to keep your AAA card if you’re a Rover owner.
Aside from what I’ve told you, there isn’t much else to say. This bag is tough as nails, carry’s the gear I need it to, and does it in a compact package. I’ve yet to find a BROG product I didn’t like (well maybe the tool bag because everyone asks to borrow it) and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this bag for carrying your recovery gear in your rig. So if you’re tired of carrying your gear in that ratty old gym bag, or hate having to untangle straps in the bed of your buddy’s truck, this is a great way to spend $60.