Winch covers are good for several reasons, including the following:
- They keep your winch clean. The cleaner you can keep your winch, the less often you will need to wash and maintain it, and the better it will work over the long haul.
- They keep your winch dry. A cover protects your winch from rain, snow, and moisture and keeps metal parts from rusting.
- They protect your winch from damaging UV rays. The fibers in your rope or cable will weaken with constant exposure to the sun. A cover protects those fibers, making your rope last longer.
- They keep out dirt, sand, mud, and debris. These elements can work their way into the mechanical parts and affect the operation of your winch.
The best type of winch cover material is neoprene. It is fully waterproof (also used in wetsuits) and fits snugly in place.