In looking for a front bumper, I've settled on a simple stubby style with D-Shackles that can safely recover the vehicle. I have noticed that most bumpers are made from 3/16" steel, and some are 2X4 box tube, while others are 3-sided, open in back, like the Pavement Ends basic bumper, which I like as it is 5" tall rather than 4" and presumably lighter that the box-tube bumpers (I don't like adding extra weight for no reason, especially when I'll eventually be adding a winch).
My concern is whether this bumper, in not having a "back", is strong enough for recovery. While probably not as strong as the box-tube bumpers, I'm thinking it is, as virtually all the "fancy" fabricator bumpers such as the Fab Fours, Rampage, Rugged Ridge, etc. are back-less and made of 3/16" steel.
Any insight would be appreciated!