By: Tim Donaldson
Do the Makers of the
TigerTail Tow System Have a Tiger by the Tail?
The TigerTail stores for easy access
when you need a tow rope.
The expression, “having a tiger by the tail,”
is said to mean that once a dangerous or
troublesome venture has begun, the safest
recourse is to carry out the act through to
the end. In other words, once you let go of
the tiger’s tail it may eat you, so it’s best to
just simply hang on to the end! Though ATV
riders actively seek the thrills of similar
types of adventures, being prepared with the
right equipment can make the difference between
a great or burdensome day of riding.
The makers of the TigerTail Tow System, thinking
of the predicaments and complications out on the
trail where having a tow rope or strap would
come in handy, have designed a fully retractable
tow strap. Simply recognized as the
TigerTail, the system is designed to provide a
quicker, cleaner, and easier means of using and
storing an ATV tow rope.
While convenient use is inherently problematic
with conventional tow straps, the TigerTail is
instantly available for immediate, hassle-free
use. No more digging through the storage
bag to find the rope or unweaving it from one of
the racks. The TigerTail Tow System works
with a totally retractable spooling mechanism,
removing the need to place a muddy tow strap
back in the bag after its use. With the
TigerTail’s simple functionality, it neatly
retracts on the spool and is ready for its next
Since constant tension is kept on the tow strap
at all times–there is no risk of sagging,
rolling up in the tires, or clogging with mud.
Riders using the TigerTail Tow System can simply
pull directly in front of their stranded pal,
unspool the tow rope, attach, and go!
After some friendly banter for the rescue, all
that’s necessary for storage is to allow the
spool to retract and secure the hook to the
TigerTail frame. The TigerTail’s
ease of use leaves more time for fun on the
Made from a synthetic, wear-resistant
material–the TigerTail’s rope boasts an
8,000-pound tensile strength. With a load
rating greater than the stoutest of winches, the
TigerTail is more than adequate in doubling as a
winch anchor. So, when using the
TigerTail Tow System to pull one of your buddies
out of the mud, there is a much greater chance
of burning up your CVT belt than pulling this
tow rope apart.
Installation is a matter of removing the
stock OEM hitch and replacing it with
the specific ATV brand mounting plate.
As for installing, it is just a matter of
attaching the TigerTail to one of the
custom-made mounts which are made specifically
for ATV brand and model. Once the mounting
plate is securely fastened, the TigerTail
quickly attaches with a few bolts. The
complete installation takes less than 15
minutes. Since the mounting plate is
sold separately, be sure to specify the desired
make and model information for the ATV.
Additionally, the TigerTail Tow System comes
with an optional TigerSkin which provides
protection from the elements while riding or
Overall, we are pleased with the performance of
the TigerTail Tow System. Operating as
promised, the TigerTail does provide a quick,
clean, and easy way of utilizing and storing a
tow rope – adding convenience and seat-time to a
day out on the trails. So, rather than
worry about having a tiger by the tail, blaze
on–knowing that rescue is only a TigerTail away!
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