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Picking the Perfect Snow Chain is as Easy as 1-2-3

Snow chains provide vastly improved traction when traveling on snow and ice covered roads, but with so many models to choose from, finding the perfect chain for your vehicle can be overwhelming. Our Snow Chain Guide can help you find the right chain for your ride that will suit the driving conditions you encounter most frequently.


Step 1: What Size Are My Tires?

Find the right tire chains for your car, truck, or SUV

Most vehicles can be equipped with snow chains, however some cars and trucks have very little clearance between the tire and other internal components. To find out if your tires can be equipped with chains, check your vehicle's maintenance or owner's manual and verify that it contains no warnings advising against the installation of snow chains. Click here for alternative traction options if your manual advises against using snow chains.

Once verified, take careful note of the three measurements on the side of your tire. The first number indicates tire width, the second gives you the tire height ratio (sidewall height as percentage of width) and the third denotes the diameter of the wheel expressed in inches. This information is critical in determining which snow chain size will fit your tire.


Step 2: Which Chains Have the Features I Need?

Snow chains are not created equal, and some are better at handling certain types of terrain or road conditions than others. This list can help you determine which tire chain suits your vehicle, the terrain you most frequently encounter, and budget.


• Note: This list is for trucks and SUVs. Click here to see guides for passenger cars and other vehicles.



Premium Snow Chains - Trucks and SUVs
Compared to other traction devices, premium snow chains offer superior grip and braking performance in snow and ice. They are built with highly durable components that make them well suited for daily use, plus they're tough enough to last through multiple seasons. Premium chains typically have features that make them easier to install than other chains, which minimizes the amount of time you'll be exposed to the elements. While they may cost more than other options, premium snow chains are the ideal choice for drivers who want an ultra-reliable winter traction solution.


Security Chain Company Super Z6
Security Chain Company Super Z6 - This diagonal-pattern cable chain provides outstanding all-around traction with aggressive cornering and stopping performance. It meets Class-S clearance requirements and can operate in drive tire clearances as low as 6mm--making it ideal for most pickup trucks and SUVs. It is also compatible with traction control and ABS systems. The Super Z6 is best for on-road surfaces, steep grades, deep or packed snow, and icy roads. These chains come equipped with an integrated rubber tightener. See fit guide.


Security Chain Company Super Z8
Security Chain Company Super Z8 - This diagonal-pattern cable chain provides outstanding all-around traction with aggressive cornering and stopping performance. It meets Class-S clearance requirements and can operate in drive tire clearances as low as 8mm--making it ideal for larger trucks and SUVs. It is also compatible with all-wheel drive and ABS systems. The Super Z8 is best for on-road surfaces, steep grades, deep or packed snow, and icy roads. These chains come equipped with an integrated rubber tightener. See fit guide.


Security Chain Company Z-Chain Extreme Performance
Security Chain Company Z-Chain Extreme Performance - This Class-S diagonal-pattern cable chain provides all of the benefits of the Super Z6 and Z8 models, but adds the super-aggressive traction and ride capability demanded by emergency response vehicles. See fit guide.


Quality Chain Volt LT Premium Light Truck/SUV Cable Chain
Quality Chain Volt LT Premium Light Truck/SUV Cable Chain - Volt LT cable chains are built for larger tires on light trucks and SUVs. The cross cables are constructed of alloy rollers, which provide increased durability for multi-season use. A diagonal cross-cable design provides a smooth ride and easy installation. These chains provide Class-S clearance, and come with rubber adjusters. These chains are not designed for use on trailers. See fit guide.


Quality Chain Volt Premium Commercial Truck Cable Chain
Quality Chain Volt Premium Commercial Truck Cable Chain - Volt commercial truck cable chains were designed with the truck driver in mind--providing easy installation, long life and great traction. The cross chains are made of highly durable manganese alloy rollers, and the cross cable design offers a smoother ride with reduced vibration. Rubber adjusters and an adjuster tool are included. See fit guide.





Standard Snow Chains - Trucks and SUVs
Standard snow chains strike a balance between price, performance, and durability. They provide improved traction performance over entry-level chains and typically include all the accessories needed for installation. Standard snow chains are a good choice for drivers in areas that get regular snowfall, and for those who want a durable traction solution that can stand up to a full season of use.


Thule XG12 Pro Deluxe
Thule XG12 Pro Deluxe - 12mm diameter D-link chain construction provides very good grip on snow and ice, along with excellent driving comfort. This diamond-pattern link chain is compatible with ABS and traction control systems. The self-tensioning and micro-regulation system ensures an excellent fit when you start driving. See fit guide.


Security Chain Company Super Z LT
Security Chain Company Super Z LT - Better for on-road, steep grades, deep snow, packed snow, and icy roads. This diagonal-pattern cable chain is easy to install and is compatible with all-wheel drive and ABS systems. It provides Class-S clearance. See fit guide.


Security Chain Company Whitestar Alloy WS
Security Chain Company Whitestar Alloy WS - This diamond-pattern link chain features shorter links to provide excellent all-around performance, and is made to be easy to install. It is better for on-road and off-road surfaces, steep grades, deep and packed snow, and icy roads. This chain provides Class-S clearance, and requires chain tighteners (included). See fit guide.


Quality Chain Cobra Light Truck Cable Chain
Quality Chain Cobra Light Truck Cable Chain - This cable-style chain is constructed with tough carbon steel rollers that provide increased tire-to-road contact, resulting in better stability and a considerable reduction in noise and vibration. They are totally galvanized for rust protection. An optional Spider bungee adjuster is available separately. See fit guide.


Glacier Chains Light Truck V-Trac Cable Tire Chain
Glacier Chains Light Truck V-Trac Cable Tire Chain - This diagonal pattern cable chain provides improved traction on snow and ice. The diagonal design also ensures a smoother ride. This chain features case-hardened steel rollers for added durability, and is suitable for front and rear wheel drive light trucks or SUVs. It is Class-S compliant for vehicles with limited clearance, and is compatible with ABS, traction control, and AWD systems. This chain includes rubber tensioners for a proper fit. See fit guide.


Glacier Chains Light Truck V-Bar Twist Link Tire Chain
Glacier Chains Light Truck V-Bar Twist Link Tire Chain - This ladder style chain features tough carbon steel twist links for enhanced durability and traction. The welded V-bars provide aggressive grip in icy conditions. The lever-end fastener makes mouting easy, and the locking side-cams ensure a proper fit. These chains are suitable for front and rear wheel drive light trucks or SUVs. See fit guide.


Glacier Chains Light Truck Twist Link Tire Chain
Glacier Chains Light Truck Twist Link Tire Chain - This ladder style chain features tough carbon steel twist links for enhanced durability and traction. The lever-end fastener makes mouting easy, and the locking side-cams ensure a proper fit. These chains are suitable for front and rear wheel drive light trucks or SUVs. See fit guide.


Glacier Chains Light Truck Square Link Chain
Glacier Chains Light Truck Square Link Chain - This ladder style snow chain features tough carbon steel construction and a square link design for added traction and durability. The lever-end fastener makes mouting easy, and the locking side-cams ensure a proper fit. These chains are suitable for front and rear wheel drive light trucks or SUVs. See fit guide.





Entry-Level Snow Chains - Trucks and SUVs
Entry-level snow chains provide a significant increase in traction on snow and ice, and are well suited to areas that experience occasional snowy conditions through the winter. Some models include tighteners and accessories to aid in installation. Entry-level snow chains are ideal for periodic use and are indispensable in emergency conditions, however drivers who deal with snowy or icy roads on more than an occasional basis should consider standard or premium snow chains.


Thule XB16
Thule XB16 - 16mm diameter D-link chain construction provides excellent grip on snow and ice, and very good driving comfort. This diamond-pattern link chain is compatible with ABS and traction control systems. See fit guide.


Security Chain Company Quik Grip
Security Chain Company Quik Grip - Good for on- and off-road surfaces, steep grades, deep snow, and unplowed side streets. This is a ladder-style link chain. Quik Grip models that offer a CAM tightening system do not require separate chain tighteners. Non-CAM Quik Grip models will require a chain tightener (not included). See fit guide.


Quality Chain Light Truck Highway Service Cam Style Chain
Quality Chain Light Truck Highway Service Cam Style Chain - This single-mount, ladder-style chain is designed with a Long Mileage Alloy for excellent durability. An optional Spider bungee adjuster is available separately. These chains are not for use on plows, forklifts, or tow trucks. See fit guide.


Quality Chain Commercial Truck Highway Service Cam Style Chain
Quality Chain Commercial Truck Highway Service Cam Style Chain - This single-mount, ladder-style chain is designed with a Long Mileage Alloy for excellent durability. An optional Spider bungee adjuster is available separately. These chains are not for use on plows, forklifts, or tow trucks. See fit guide.


Glacier Chains Light Truck Cable Tire Chain
Glacier Chains Light Truck Cable Tire Chain - This ladder style cable chain provides good grip on snow and ice. It features case-hardened steel rollers and provides Class-S clearance for vehicles with limited clearance. They are suitable for front and rear wheel drive light trucks or SUVs. Glacier Chains rubber chain adjusters are recommended for a proper fit (sold separately). See fit guide.


Step 3: What Size Snow Chain Do I Need?

Once you've determined your tire size and which snow chain model will meet your needs, it's time to find the perfect fit. These fitment guides from Thule, Glacier Chains, and Security Chain Company make it easy to find the right size.

Simply click to view the guide, and then cross-reference the snow chain model you want with your tire size. Then mouse over the part number and click it to go directly to the product page. For your convenience, these fitment guides can also be accessed directly from the Amazon.com product page for each snow chain.


Important Note: Once you receive your snow chains, it is important to perform a test fitting at home before venturing into inclement weather. This will ensure that the chains properly fit your vehicle, and gives you a chance to get accustomed to their installation and removal in a safe environment.

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