Tex-Chain Snow Socks for your car - ASDA - £35
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Tex-Chain Snow Socks for your car - ASDA - £35

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Found 6th Oct 2011
ASDA both instore and online have Tex-Chain branded Snow Socks for Cars.

They come in 5 sizes (Sheffield, Handsworth Store Currently has S, M, L in stock), with all 5 available online. (Theres a sizing guide on the ASDA site in the second image)

They are rebranded versions of the MultiGrip ones from Italy (the manufacturer is the same (agripool) as is the manual downloadable from multigrip.it once you switch to english)

You can see the full manual as provided with them by clicking the Fitting Instructions link on the ASDA product page as well.. It has a bigger version of the sizing guide if you are struggling to read the image version.

They also appear to be the same ones Halfords do for 49.99..

Best price I've seen for these so I thought I'd give them a go.. just need some snow now!

103 Comments

Banned

No, not NOW!

as far as i am aware snow socks and snow chains are both illegal on UK roads. they can be sold for private use.

I wouldnt drive far on the open road in a pair, but for getting up and down my extremely steep (and often impassable in snow) drive they are perfect

sprocket

as far as i am aware snow socks and snow chains are both illegal on UK … as far as i am aware snow socks and snow chains are both illegal on UK roads. they can be sold for private use.



Quite legal to use in the UK, try googling it.

These may make my MX-5 actually be able to get home from work in the snow! Last year it got abandoned on numerous occasions!

beterthanlife

I wouldnt drive far on the open road in a pair, but for getting up and … I wouldnt drive far on the open road in a pair, but for getting up and down my extremely steep (and often impassable in snow) drive they are perfect



I'm no expert but I guess you have to jack the car up to fit/remove these. That is the problem with these in the UK. when it snows 90% of the roads are clear/gritted it's only the residential streets that ice up. I wouldn't fancy getting out and jacking the car up in the freezing weather for part of the journey I guess it's all or nothing but have no idea how these perform on clear roads.

You don't jack your car up to fit these.

Place onto the top section of the drive wheels, stretch down to the ground as far as possible, move the car forward or back a few feet, get out and stretch onto the remaining uncovered area of the tyres. Simples.

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this. What a pain it is taking these on and off when you could just use a set of winter tyres November through February, and again the next winter. If you could leave these on regardless of whether the roads have snow on them or not I'd recommend them. Winter tyres should really be mandatory in my opinion - this would also reduce the cost of them as the industry would cater for 100% of drivers, not just the sensible 10% who fit them anyway.

Safety first! :-p

Also you must Not use them on clear road, once off the slippy stuff, pull over and remove or they will rip /wear out in no time, it's only a woven fabric mesh.

Don't need to jack the car up.

These are perfect for getting from driveways etc onto gritted council roads (if they don't run out again!!)

itookabreak

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over … Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this. What a pain it is taking these on and off when you could just use a set of winter tyres November through February, and again the next winter. If you could leave these on regardless of whether the roads have snow on them or not I'd recommend them. Winter tyres should really be mandatory in my opinion - this would also reduce the cost of them as the industry would cater for 100% of drivers, not just the sensible 10% who fit them anyway.Safety first! :-p



Winter tyres are fine if you can afford them, or have somewhere to store them during summer. These socks will fold up and get chucked in the boot.

Good for the side roads but if you want to go over 25mph you'll need a set of winter tyres instead.

Banned

itookabreak

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over … Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this. What a pain it is taking these on and off when you could just use a set of winter tyres November through February, and again the next winter. If you could leave these on regardless of whether the roads have snow on them or not I'd recommend them. Winter tyres should really be mandatory in my opinion - this would also reduce the cost of them as the industry would cater for 100% of drivers, not just the sensible 10% who fit them anyway.Safety first! :-p


Yes but you then have to pay at least £40 a year to have the tyres changed over ( £5 per tyre at my cheapest local garage).

not an expert on hte subject, but from what I've heard these wear out very quickly, and a bad winter you could need 2 or 3 sets. I'd be more incline to go for a set of winter tires.

This appears to be a cheaper alternative to AutoSock, but not TUV tested or approved.

An alternative to full winter tyres are all-season tyres. I've just had Hankook Optimo 4S H730s fitted and so far they seem great. I was concerned dry grip might be an issue but they are fine, better than the, albeit very worn, Michelin Primacy HPs which were on the car before. I haven't had the chance to try them in the wet yet and with luck won't get to test them in the snow this winter

On our other car during the winter snow we fitted Nokian winter tyres, though they are sold as all-season in the US and Canada, which were absolutely awesome. We haven't swapped them over through the summer and they have gripped better in the warmer weather than the Pirelli P7s that were on the car previously. We were concerned that they would wear out quickly but they are still at 7-8mm after 10 thousand miles.

Sworld

Winter tyres are fine if you can afford them, or have somewhere to store … Winter tyres are fine if you can afford them, or have somewhere to store them during summer. These socks will fold up and get chucked in the boot.


Good point about the portability of them but I still think the many benefits of winter tyres make them the clear winner.

Pluun

Yes but you then have to pay at least £40 a year to have the tyres … Yes but you then have to pay at least £40 a year to have the tyres changed over ( £5 per tyre at my cheapest local garage).


I feel this is just another cost of motoring that we all must pay. We have to pay MOT, tax, insurance, fuel, wear and tear on normal tyres - and winter tyres are just another part of that bundle of money we call motoring

Snow socks are ONLY to be used to get out of your side street where the snow is a good few inches thick, and your tyre rubber doesn't touch the ground. As soon as you're on the main road, where its slushy, you'll need to take them off otherwise they'll wear out in a few miles

itookabreak

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over … Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this. What a pain it is taking these on and off when you could just use a set of winter tyres November through February, and again the next winter. If you could leave these on regardless of whether the roads have snow on them or not I'd recommend them. Winter tyres should really be mandatory in my opinion - this would also reduce the cost of them as the industry would cater for 100% of drivers, not just the sensible 10% who fit them anyway.Safety first! :-p



Yep I'd go for this too if a set of 4 wheels and tyres were also £35!

dooper

This appears to be a cheaper alternative to AutoSock, but not TUV tested … This appears to be a cheaper alternative to AutoSock, but not TUV tested or approved.



They don't do any that fit mine, but looks like these tex ones do...

dooper

This appears to be a cheaper alternative to AutoSock, but not TUV tested … This appears to be a cheaper alternative to AutoSock, but not TUV tested or approved.



how much are they ? all I get is We do not seem to have an AutoSock to fit your tyre size.

itookabreak

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over … Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this. What a pain it is taking these on and off when you could just use a set of winter tyres November through February, and again the next winter. If you could leave these on regardless of whether the roads have snow on them or not I'd recommend them. Winter tyres should really be mandatory in my opinion - this would also reduce the cost of them as the industry would cater for 100% of drivers, not just the sensible 10% who fit them anyway.Safety first! :-p



You may find you're not insured if you do that.

MrWani

I'm no expert but I guess you have to jack the car up to fit/remove … I'm no expert but I guess you have to jack the car up to fit/remove these. That is the problem with these in the UK. when it snows 90% of the roads are clear/gritted it's only the residential streets that ice up. I wouldn't fancy getting out and jacking the car up in the freezing weather for part of the journey I guess it's all or nothing but have no idea how these perform on clear roads.



Never been to Norfolk when it's snowed then?

chalkysoil

how much are they ? all I get is We do not seem to have an AutoSock to … how much are they ? all I get is We do not seem to have an AutoSock to fit your tyre size.



found a size in stock 165 70 14 + £49.95

next size up £59.95
### plus £3.95 delivery
Edited by: "chalkysoil" 6th Oct 2011

Sworld

Winter tyres are fine if you can afford them, or have somewhere to store … Winter tyres are fine if you can afford them, or have somewhere to store them during summer. These socks will fold up and get chucked in the boot.



After a tip from a local cabbie, I picked up some part worn winter tyres that were imported from germany at a tyre shop in Manchester, I had them fitted on an old set of scabby alloys and didnt get stuck once and had a hoot driving sideways.
Hope we get plenty of snow this year.

I got a set of these for my Audi A4 which was absolutely terrible in the snow. I can only vouch for my own experiences and I would definitely recommend chucking a set of these in the boot over winter. They take up no space at all and for the price advertised here they're a steal. I got 2 years out of mine, they are meant to be driven across snow, ice, slush on tarmac and back on snow again, perfect for UK roads and conditions. Obviously the more tarmac you drive on the quicker they will wear out.

Yes like everything new, there's a technique to getting them on, and i would defo recommend some thick gloves to get them off again, but seriously these have got me out of soo much trouble. Money well spent, oh and I will never forget the look on other motorists who had abandoned their cars as I motored up the hills.

bigbak

Never been to Norfolk when it's snowed then?



I bought some Autosocks in last year's cold snap. There was only a couple of inches of snow near me, so I didn't get to use them. I gave them to, my father-in-law. He lives on a road where 250m on a 1 in 12 hill was untreated. There was a covering of snow which had thawed and refrozen a few times, and was really quite icy. He was just able to get his car up the hill with normal tyres. With the Autosocks, he had plenty of grip.

He is in his 70s and not particularly dexterous, but he found it no problem to fit the Autosocks. You wrap them over the top of the tyre, drive forward a few feet, and fit the rest of the cover on. It takes a minute or two.

If the point of these is just to get going then why not just get a pair of rubber door mats - one under each wheel to move the car from where ice has formed under the wheels ??

1.99 each as morrisons last time I looked and saved me no end of grief last winter !

Pluun

Yes but you then have to pay at least £40 a year to have the tyres … Yes but you then have to pay at least £40 a year to have the tyres changed over ( £5 per tyre at my cheapest local garage).



Easier to pick up a set of cheap rims from a scrappies (paid £20 for mine) and fit your winter tyres to them. Provided you have the space to store the set not in use, it doesn't cost any more in the long run as the set not in use are (obviously) not being worn down.

Not sure if they are actually any good those "socks".
I was tempted last night in Costco Reading to get proper set of two Michelin chains for just short of 60 quid, but I didn't buy. Still have time, right?

You don't jack your car up to fit these.

Place onto the top section of the drive wheels, stretch down to the ground as far as possible, move the car forward or back a few feet, get out and stretch onto the remaining uncovered area of the tyres. Simples.

Heat added but I'll not be buying any. I'll be fitting my winter tyres again this year, they really transform winter driving, but nowhere near as cheap I'm afraid.

Went to purchase, but removed from basket, all gone

spacem_uk

You don't jack your car up to fit these. Place onto the top section of … You don't jack your car up to fit these. Place onto the top section of the drive wheels, stretch down to the ground as far as possible, move the car forward or back a few feet, get out and stretch onto the remaining uncovered area of the tyres. Simples.



How do you do this if you're stuck in snow tho

bigbak

You may find you're not insured if you do that.


Correct; many insurers treat winter tyres as a modification. If you're going to fit them, you need to check with your insurance company first.

itookabreak

Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over … Good price, but I'd recommend getting a cheap set of winter tyres over this



Cheap? I reckon it would cost me nearly £1000 for a "cheap" set of winter tyres, so I'm sure I could put up with the hassle of putting £35 worth of tyre sock on and off the car.

I too have fitted these tyres after excellent reviews in Auto Bild , my local garage had 200 sets and had totally sold out of them by Sept ! , so I had to order them online at mytyres.co.uk . As Hankook are not manufaturing/supplying to the U.K. anymore this season (production has changed to Full Winter for the European market) Being from Scotland I have had extensive testing in the wet ! Decent grip compared to my Conti Contact II :o)

VDisillusioned

An alternative to full winter tyres are all-season tyres. I've just had … An alternative to full winter tyres are all-season tyres. I've just had Hankook Optimo 4S H730s fitted and so far they seem great. I was concerned dry grip might be an issue but they are fine, better than the, albeit very worn, Michelin Primacy HPs which were on the car before. I haven't had the chance to try them in the wet yet and with luck won't get to test them in the snow this winter :)On our other car during the winter snow we fitted Nokian winter tyres, though they are sold as all-season in the US and Canada, which were absolutely awesome. We haven't swapped them over through the summer and they have gripped better in the warmer weather than the Pirelli P7s that were on the car previously. We were concerned that they would wear out quickly but they are still at 7-8mm after 10 thousand miles.


Nothing that fits my 285/35/R19.

Good job I have winter tyres stored away.

CJ

swampyajc

These may make my MX-5 actually be able to get home from work in the … These may make my MX-5 actually be able to get home from work in the snow! Last year it got abandoned on numerous occasions!


Couldn't you just get your hair dryer out the boot to melt the snow?
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