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.