Gator-Jaw shackles are made from Plasma rope which is the highest strength synthetic rope available. Gator-Jaw shackles are stronger than comparable steel shackles. These shackles won't rust and are so light they float. Towing applications include: 4x4 off-road, agriculture & mining equipment and various marine uses. The Gator-Jaw shackle can be washed off with water and air dried. While Gator-Jaw fibers are stronger than steel they are susceptible to wear and cutting. Always inspect shackle before use for excess wear, cutting, or worn and frayed areas.