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      12-12-2019, 12:03 AM   #1
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'08 335xi snow chains or socks?

Hi everyone,

I tried searching this forum but I do not find anything. I googled the below link and just want to hear your expert opinions. Are socks good enough?

This is my first 335xi and I have never driven in snow (going up to Tahoe for xmas)...That said, what are the best options out there on snow chains or socks? The chains seem to be too bulky? I saw some socks that might work here: ECS site

P.S. I have all-weather tires and what I have read on here is that that means jack shit when the roads are icy.

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Hi everyone,

I tried searching this forum but I do not find anything. I googled the below link and just want to hear your expert opinions. Are socks good enough?

This is my first 335xi and I have never driven in snow (going up to Tahoe for xmas)...That said, what are the best options out there on snow chains or socks? The chains seem to be too bulky? I saw some socks that might work here: ECS site

P.S. I have all-weather tires and what I have read on here is that that means jack shit when the roads are icy.

Rein
Dedicated winter tires are far superior to all-weather tires, studded winters if Ice is a concern. Nokian hakkapeliitta 9 for icey condition, nokian hakkapeliitta r3 for all around winter use. These are the best 2 severe winter tires that fit our cars. There are other great options though.

Good winter tires will work better for you than socks in almost all cases, while providing more predictable control. Chains will only be a benefit (in addition to winter tires) if you plan to drive you a foot of un-plowed snow up a steep slope.

As a Canadian with experience driving through icey mountain passes, invest in a proper set of good winter tires, yes there are better and worse winter tires, and they are highly affected by age so avoid those used 5+ year old tires on craigslist.

Winter driving skills are also a huge factor...
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Keep in mind both chains and socks have a 30mph max speed rating.
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