If you frequently go off-road in wet areas or through water, a waterproof winch is a must-have item. On the other hand, just because you don’t drive in wet areas doesn’t mean your winch doesn’t have to be waterproof. For example, normal driving in rain and snow will expose that winch to water. Also, a winch that resists water will keep out dust and grit. The last thing you need when you’re stuck miles from the nearest pavement is a winch that won’t work because the electrical connections are corroded. Your winch should have a rating of IP68, which means it will withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and resist submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters underwater for up to half an hour.