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AutoSock Standard X10 Winter Traction Aid, For Passenger Tires

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  • Easy-to-mount, self-centering alternative to tire chains
  • Comfortable while driving; does not cause noise or vibrations
  • Lightweight, easy-to-store, reusable, and machine washable
  • Each set comes with two AutoSocks, user manual, storage bag, and gloves
  • Only one set per vehicle required, even for AWD and 4WD applications
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Technical Details
BrandAutoSock
Item Weight1.6 pounds
Product Dimensions12.2 x 9.5 x 2.8 inches
Item model numberAutoSock X10
Manufacturer Part NumberX10
  
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ASINB000ZJUVY6
Best Sellers Rank #1,398,525 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 pounds
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Date First AvailableNovember 14, 2007
  
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AutoSock - the simple solution to maximise grip on snow and ice. The secret: high performance fibers. A perfect temporary winter traction aid for vehicles. Quick and easy to fit and remove. Proven to improve cars' safety systems. Reusable. Approved by and sold to leading car manufacturers

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Unexpected winter weather can create driving conditions demanding more traction than conventional tires -- or even snow treads -- can provide. But tire chains are bulky to store and can be difficult to put on in cold, snowy weather. Now there is an easy-to-use alternative to chains: Designed in Norway, AutoSock is a new and innovative lightweight fabric-based, temporary traction aid for cars and trucks that is easy to mount and gets a grip on slippery surfaces as snow and ice. AutoSock, a high-technology textile tire covering, utilizes specially patterned fibers that optimize grip on slick surfaces by managing the thin layer of water on top of ice and snow. Through its weaving pattern and thousands of small fibers AutoSock clings to snow and ice, increasing vehicle traction, improving safety and adding to driver confidence.

With AutoSock, you won’t experience the rattles and bumpy ride associated with tire chains, and it is approved for speeds up to 30 mph. AutoSock is easy to install following these simple steps: Stop the vehicle and apply the emergency brake, fit AutoSock to the drive wheels of the vehicle, starting at the top of the tire and working downwards. Then, stretch the elastic band over the top of the tire to the inside of the tire, tighten the crossing strap, and move the vehicle approximately 3 feet and pull the remainder of the AutoSock into position. AutoSock automatically self-centers when you begin driving. When you’re back on snow-free roads, slip the AutoSock off and slip it back into the included storage bag.

After use, AutoSock should be put back in the storage bag until the destination is reached. Then they can be machine-washed and put back in the bag, ready to go for the next snow or ice storm. Note: AutoSock is not meant for severe snow conditions, and cannot be substituted for chains for travel through mountain passes. The standard AutoSock accommodates non-performance tire sizes (typically OEM sizes for economy passenger vehicles). For performance tires, try AutoSock High Performance.


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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Sonic on January 14, 2008
Size: X40 Verified Purchase
Traction:
I decided to try out the Autosock after my pain in the ___ chains broke on a previous trip to Lake Tahoe. I drove my 2-wheel-drive Honda CR-V on a recent trip to Kirkwood, where Highway 88 was extremely icy. Once the signs read "Chains required," I threw on my Autosock, which took about 1 minute as advertised. With them on, the roads no longer felt slippery, and helped me up the rest of the way without any trouble. They are definitely much easier to put on than chains, and come without the hassle and noise.

Durability:
Even with the roads being covered with snow/ice, there were still plenty of rocks/sand. Since the Autosock is fabric based, it is bound to wear easily. After just my 1st trip, there are several small holes/tears. This is not a huge problem for me since my mother is a seamstress and can stitch these small tears back together and prevent them from becoming big holes. I was careful not to go above the recommended 30 mph, but hit 35 mph max at certain points. I definitely recommend you not to go over the 30 mph limit, but that goes the same for chains.

Laws:
You should also check your specific state's laws to see whether or not the Autosock will be allowed through chain control checkpoints. In California, the signs on the road read "Chains," but Caltrans website says "Traction Devices" are OK.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Chris on January 13, 2011
Size: X20 Verified Purchase
These performed very well and were way easier to install than chains but it would be nicer if they were more durable and lasted longer.

My car handled exceptionally well in the snow. It was nice that I didn't have to worry about them scratching my rims. Plus they didn't create all the extra noise that chains do.

The downside though is that they only lasted 2 uses. On the second use, the fabric started ripping to the point where the tread part was detaching from the circular. They ended up falling off after driving back in the slush for 5 minutes.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Martz on January 27, 2008
Size: X30
We used this for the first time on our trip into the mountains this weekend and absolutely loved the ease of installation. While others were spending 30 minutes or longer jacking up their cars to install chains, I just slid the Autosock over the tire, backed up a few feet, slid the rest over, and drove away. The added traction, and quiet, smooth ride made this well worth the purchase also. The only downside was more my fault for not reading the recommendations about only driving on snow and not pavement. We keep these on while driving about 20-30 miles on pavement, which resulted in tearing. I figure I have 1 or 2 more good uses out of these due to my mistake. But, the end result is A++ on this item. I'd recommend these for anyone that drives on snow covered roads and needs that extra traction.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Mittelman on December 21, 2007
Size: X30 Verified Purchase
Just got my AutoSock today and tried it out on a ice covered parking lot near me. Before I put them on my tires spun out and I slid when I braked but with them on it felt like there wasn't any ice at all, no problems starting or stopping. I can't wait to see how it'll work for the next snowstorm that comes around, I think I'll be all set.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Seattleite on December 11, 2008
Size: X20 Verified Purchase
here in the NW last winter we had 3-4 snowfalls over 3-4". Before buying these, we had to park about a half mile from home because it was a moderate uphill with no shoulder (and I hate to install/take off standard chains...and we needed the exercise:)). Bought these, and next snowfall we cruised right up the hill, and there were a few patches of ice under the snow where we did not feel any tire slippage. AS mentioned by others, it's important to remove the "socks" when on bare ground/pavement (but they're such a quick/easy install-uninstall, that's not a problem).
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on February 9, 2010
Size: X30 Verified Purchase
Autosocks is the best thing that has happened to me this winter. We have a steep (30-50% grade), quarter-mile long driveway with a couple of turns on the steep parts, fairly typical for rural WV. Up until this winter, we've never felt the need to have AWD on anything but the pickup, which I don't drive. On the rare occasions when I couldn't get the front-wheel-drive vehicle up the driveway -- when it's snow- or ice-covered -- my husband hooked it up to the tractor and towed the car up. This winter, though, the brakes gave out on the tractor, and we have had more than our usual amt of winter weather with none of the usual thawing afterwards. So we started looking for AWD vehicles when I came across an article in Consumer Reports about Autosocks. Intrigued, I visited Amazon to check for availability and cost. (Amazon didn't have my tire size in stock so I bought them from tirerack.com and ate the shipping cost.)

I first used the AutoSocks when I had to park in a snowy, slushy spot on a dirt and gravel drive at a friend's house -- and then couldn't back out. I slipped on the 'Socks and voila! my car was back on the road in minutes. Very impressive, especially since I had to back out of the spot.

When I reached home, I tried getting up the driveway sans 'Socks and slipped and slid back down. So I slipped on the 'Socks again and just like that, I zipped right up the driveway, no slipping or sliding, just as if there were no snow or ice on it.

Note: Do follow the manufacturer's instructions and remove the 'Socks when you reach clear pavement.

After several uses, the fabric does show some signs of wear but there are no holes and I see no reason why they won't see me thru this winter and several more.

AutoSocks is one of the best purchases I have ever made. They perform exactly as promised and have saved me the cost of snow tires and a new AWD vehicle. I highly recommend them.
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