How good are snow socks?
Less bulky and easy to install, snow socks are an interesting alternative to chains for occasional use. However, they have a weak point: they are fragile and not approved as special equipment for the winter, with the exceptions of the Easygrip model developed by Michelin.
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Today, there are two types of snow socks on the market: economic textile models and a more hardwearing one – but also more expensive – made of composite materials.
Textile snow socks (from €60 to €93)
They are textile covers that fit over the tyre thus insulating it from the snow. Suitable for today's vehicles, they do not hinder the safety systems (ABS, ESP) and won't damage aluminium rims. The socks are made of polyester, a fibre which absorbs water and maximises grip. They are suitable for driving at speeds of up to 30 mph. The disadvantage is that they wear very quickly on dry, sandy or salted roads and are less effective than steel chains in deep snow.
rezulteo’s opinion. A good emergency solution if you rarely have snow in your region.
Composite material socks (from €75 to €140)
This sock is an innovation by Michelin. Its Easy Grip model comes in the form of a net coupled with an inner elastic band to facilitate installation. 150 galvanised steel rings strengthen the tread to maximise road-holding. Driving remains flexible and damage to aluminium wheel rims is minimised. The Easy Grip system has been approved as "special equipment" (like traditional chains) by the Department for Transport.
rezulteo’s opinion. An excellent compromise for those who find chains too bulky and traditional socks too fragile.