Snow tires are expensive and used only a few months out of the year, whereas snow chains can be cumbersome to install, damage your nice wheels, and can rust between seasons. Rather than deal with those cold-weather remedies, we found a tool that will get you through the snow, is quick and easy to install, and won't damage your nice wheels. Sound too good to be true? It's not. During the winter months, tools for getting your truck or SUV out of the snow aren't just found in a large, sticker-clad box in the garage.
On a recent trip up to snow-covered Lake Tahoe, California, we drove a 4WD Nissan Armada to 6,000-plus-feet elevation where traction was limited and only vehicles with snow chains were allowed. Rather than fumble with chains, we hopped out and in less than five minutes had the ultimate traction device installed on our 275/60R20 all-season tires. Enter SnoClaws, a high-tech polyurethane alternative to tire chains that incorporates a space-age rubber to wrap around the tires and provide incredible traction in snow, sand, and even mud.
Installation wasn't difficult, we simply had to connect the heavy-duty plastic retainers together, slide the assembly around the tire, then slide the plastic insert into the fastening clip, and we were ready to rock. Grip was impressive, as we were able to drive through any snow-packed roads, and unlike off-road mud tires, the diamond-tread pattern on the SnoClaws didn't get clogged up with snow. A must for anyone needing more traction in the snow, down a washed-out back road, or even in the desert with loose sand, the SnoClaws are a great tool for keeping you moving.