GoTreads XL vs. Standard

What’s the difference and which do you need?

Overall Traction Length

GoTreads XL vs. Standard - Overall traction length

Each main panel of GoTreads is 1 foot long. An easy way to determine the approximate traction length is to count the panels. An XL GoTreads is 4 main panels thus we call it a 4-foot traction board. A standard GoTread is 3 main panels which equate to a 3-foot traction board. Custom lengths can be created by adding or removing panels to build whatever size you wish.

Maximum Leveling Height

GoTreads XL vs. Standard - Maximum Leveling Height

When leveling, XL GoTreads easily provide 1-4 inches of leveling. Standard GoTreads provide 1-3 inches of leveling. The overall height, as indicated in the above image, includes the starter panel. It is possible to use this extra inch of height when leveling but it is more difficult to roll up and stop at the perfect point.

Total Weight Per Pair

xl orange folded

15 lbs

standard orange folded

12 lbs

GoTreads are light and easy to transport from vehicle to vehicle. They also float. Great for boat ramp traction!

Recommended Sizing by Vehicle

Sizing by vehicle

The weight rating for GoTreads XL and the GoTreads Standard is the same. Sizing is determined by optimal length. Larger vehicles typically means larger diameter tires. Either version of GoTreads is interchangeable across all vehicle sizes as far as weight rating is concerned.

Sizing by Tire Diameter

sizing by tire diameter

If you know the diameter of your tire, the easiest way to determine optimal GoTreads length is by that. We recommend going to the XL size when tire diameter passes 33″. This provides an additional 12″ of traction travel which is beneficial as tires increase in size and travel distance per revolution. For even larger tires, additional panels can be added to extended GoTreads further.

Optional Bundle Bag

GoTreads Cube Case XL

XL Bag
9 in x 12 in x 10 in
Available in black

GoTreads Cube Case

Standard Bag
9 in x 12 in x 8 in
Available in orange

Available GoTreads Colors*

*Our standard colors are black and orange. We do custom colors in our XL size. Availability and selection may vary.


xl colors


standard colors


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GoTreads FAQ

We typically ship orders placed before 2pm central on the same business day.

GoTreads are shipped from our fulfillment center in Wichita, Kansas. Zip code 67226.

Orders over $99 ship free to the lower 48 states via UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail. Orders to Hawaii or Alaska typically ship via USPS Priority Mail for a flat rate.

Orders placed directly through our site come with a lifetime warranty by default. The warranty covers breakage of GoTreads in the unlikely event they break during normal use. We will repair/replace broken parts for the life of the product. Simply contact us with a photo of the broken part and your original order number and we will get it taken care of.

Yes! If your vehicle is 50,000 pounds or less. Here are some tips to keep in mind when leveling.

Pinto, Inc. is the family-owned and operated business behind GoTreads. We are 3 generations deep now and have been making GoTreads here in the Midwest since 1991.

Yes. If you receive your GoTreads and decide they aren’t for you, contact us back within 30 days of your order and we will arrange a return for GoTreads that are in new, unused condition.

The original invention came into existence in 1975. Many years of experience lead to the eventual launch of full manufacturing in 1991. Over the last 30 years of business, GoTreads have been used in all corners of the world in countless conditions. GoTreads will handle a broad range of conditions and have been proven many 1000’s of times over. No one can guarantee 100% success 100% of the time but we and our ever-growing customer base can attest to a very high success rate when using GoTreads for emergency traction.

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