There are few accessory brands with the legacy and customer loyalty of Warn. Producing a winch is a risky endeavor, manufacturing something that might literally become an overlander’s lifeline. Warn was the first to pioneer the electric vehicle winch nearly 70 years ago, and we have used their winches around the globe and have found them to be reliable and durable under the most demanding of conditions. Their newest winch, the Warn VR EVO looks to be another great option for the overland traveler.
The cornerstone of the VR line is an emphasis on value, while still meeting Warn’s strict requirements for quality. With this latest release, the Warn VR EVO , they have also added advanced features found on their more expensive offerings. These premium features are included as standard equipment, most notably the Albright contactor, which replaces the less reliable starter solenoid-style relays. This is a critical change, and something we expect in any winch we use. We have never experienced a failure with the Albright in the field. The winch and the contactor are both IP68 rated for water ingress—perfect.
Also notable is the new remote, which allows for wired AND wireless control of the winch. This is also a big deal for those who use winches on a regular basis or need to employ one quickly in the field. A wired solution should always be available for any safety device. There is a cast aluminum tie plate that provides additional strength and rigidity to the winch while allowing the buyer to mount the control pack to the top as an integrated solution. The new winches will be available in 8,000 pounds (3,629 kilograms), 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms), and 12,000 pounds (5,443 kilograms), along with options for steel wire or synthetic rope. Warn.com