Where Did Maxtrax Come From?

Where did MAXTRAX come from?

Brad McCarthy, author of Dirty Weekends "The Essential 4WD Guides", devised the idea for MAXTRAX in 2001 after a particularly stressful incident on a remote north Queensland beach where he almost lost his bogged vehicle to the incoming tide, despite being equipped with all of the traditional recovery equipment. Brad's passion for the Australian bush, exploration and adventure sent him out, often solo throughout Queensland, to research bush tracks and locations to feature in his guide books.

From his experiences, Brad recognized the need for a system that makes vehicle recovery and extraction a safe, simple, one-person task and eliminates the need for any outside assistance such as towing, snatching, or winching. MAXTRAX came from Brad's idea to develop a foolproof and fail-safe quality Australian made product to make extracting or recovering a stranded or bogged vehicle a safe, simple, quick and easy procedure. Due to Brad's experience, ingenuity and "hands-on" research, the idea of an alternative and innovative vehicle recovery device that was safe, simple, quick and easy to use eventually came to fruition in the form of MAXTRAX.

We tested several types and grades of super tough nylons to create a lightweight, yet durable product that provides superior performance with our focus on the key issues of strength, effectiveness, usability and aesthetics. MAXTRAX was trialled countless times using typical (and not so typical) bogging scenarios and after many late nights and product refinements, MAXTRAX was ready to launch onto the Australian 4WD accessories market in late 2005. Not long after, MAXTRAX won Australian 4WD Monthly Magazine's award for Best New Product under $500.

Since then MAXTRAX have been discovered by 4WD adventurers around the world as the safe, simple, quick and easy method of vehicle recovery. MAXTRAX are now widely available around Australia at most ARB, TJM, Opposite Lock, BCF, and Supercheap Auto stores as well as a number of independent retailers, and from stockists in over 30 countries including the USA, Chile, South Africa, Egypt, France, England, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and UAE, to name just a few. Our customers now include mining, energy and exploration companies, government agencies, 4WD trainers and tour operators, lifeguard services, rural fire services, State Emergency Service branches, off road rally drivers, the Australian Army, US Defense Force and the United Nations.

In November 2010, the new MAXTRAX MKII won 2 Global Media Awards for Best New Product at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Not a bad result for a 5-year-old 'little Aussie company' on its first visit to SEMA!

MAXTRAX, the essential vehicle recovery device for anyone who enjoys life 'off the beaten track'.

Take the easy way out! Take MAXTRAX!


  • SERIOUS TRACTION   Specially designed, located and orientated to fit into the grooves of your tyre tread, the rounded teeth on the top surface of the MAXTRAX provide excellent traction whether your tyres are wet, dry, or full of sand, mud or snow; and they won’t damage your tyres.
  • HUGE FOOTPRINT   Just like dropping your tyre pressures, the large, high traction surface allows your vehicle to gain the momentum to get you moving again. When it comes to floatation over soft ground, size matters! MAXTRAX provides a huge 115 cm long x 33 cm wide ‘footprint’ providing excellent flotation and  “MAXimum TRAXion”.
  • AND A SHOVEL   When inverted, the underside of the ramps on either end of the MAXTRAX can be used as a shovel to clear debris from around the tyres and underbody components prior to attempting the recovery.
  • UNDERSIDE GRIP   Large lugs on the bottom surface of the MAXTRAX bite into the ground to provide sure-footed grip.
  • COMFORTABLE HANDLES   Six comfortable, ergonomic handles make carrying, digging and manoeuvring your MAXTRAX easy.
  • INNOVATIVE KEYHOLES   Unique keyhole features designed for linking, pegging or mounting your MAXTRAX using our range of specially designed accessories.
  • DESIGNED BY EXPERTS   MAXTRAX were designed in Australia by multi-Australian Design Award-winning industrial designers.
  • BUILT TO LAST   We use only the best ingredients! MAXTRAX are Injection-moulded from the highest quality Australian made UV-stabilised engineering-grade ‘super tough’ reinforced Nylon.
  • TESTED BY EXPERTS   Engineering laboratory tested at the University of Queensland.
  • STRONG   Deep structural beams running the length of the MAXTRAX easily bear the weight of a fully-laden 4WD over soft terrain.
  • NESTING DESIGN   MAXTRAX nest tightly together for ease of storage and transport, and to provide increased load capability.
  • AUSSIE BORN & BRED   Proudly invented, designed, made, tested and owned by Aussies.