Snow chains or snow socks?
Which of the two would best suit my needs?
Snow socks are an excellent alternative to fitting winter tyres or using snow chains.
Snow socks are an advanced technology. Simply pull the sock over the driving wheels, move forward half a turn which enables the rest of the sock to be fitted and you can be moving again in a couple of minutes.
Unlike snow chains, snow socks have no metal parts. Instead they use a technical fabric, which sticks to the snow creating friction to provide the grip. The unique design of the textile "wicks away" water that is found between the fabric and surface and thus maximising grip.
Snow socks are an excellent choice for short trips, manufactured in Italy the Weissenfels WeissSock is ideal for combating any snow covered roads during the winter. Snow socks are a proven solution and are used by local authorities, fire, ambulance and police services etc., as well as thousands of consumers throughout the UK.
Once the socks are correctly fitted they will self-centre as you drive. Because there are no metal parts, driving on snow is smoother, quieter and stress free.
Weissenfels recommend that snow socks be used for vital journeys when the conditions dictate, rather than having them fitted for the entirety of the winter period, as travelling at any speed on bare tarmac will quickly destroy them. Althought they can be used up to speeds of 30 mph, we recommend keeping to around 10 - 15 mph. It is also highly recommended that snow socks are removed when parked to avoid the fabric sticking to the snow, which in extreme cases can result in bare patches appearing in the fabric
Snow chains are an excellent solution for snow and ice covered roads.
We have been selling snow chains for well over 30 years and in our experience the Weissenfels and Thule brands of snow chains are the best on the market. Snow chains are made from high quality steel components and thus will grip firmly into ice providing extra traction even in the severest conditions. Therefore snow chains will normally provide more traction opposed to snow socks. We can categorize snow chains in 3 types of mechanisms.
Low to non clearance chains