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Carry a set in the back to pacify roadside checks, but they wouldn't for my 35s. CHP says if we get to a point where 4wd needs chains, we are shutting highway down, so it's almost pointless out here
 

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Carry a set in the back to pacify roadside checks, but they wouldn't for my 35s. CHP says if we get to a point where 4wd needs chains, we are shutting highway down, so it's almost pointless out here
Not really for the highway but for the unplowed back roads. I have some pretty steep hills to climb in (minimum) axle deep snow. 4wd is great but if the traction isn't there then it may as well be a 2wd.
 

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I don't know if there is a best brand of snow chains. As for style, I've always liked v-bar for ice or snow/ice, like you find on a north country road. In deep snow only I always preferred square links because they stand up high and bite in. I've heard that the diamond pattern works better if you have to traverse hills with a steep camber where the traditional ladder will side-slip, but I have never run those. I have also had tower guys tell me to get mud chains for the deep stuff. I presume that they were also going for the deep bite to get their F450 tool-body trucks up the mountain but it just could have been that dually chains are more limited in selection for them.
 

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When we had them on in January, there was about 4-6 inches of fresh snow over ice. We had to climb switchbacks and go around all the people who think that cables give the same tractions as real chains (it was a fun obstacle course). Mine have the v-bar or icebreakers and I swear by them. I haven't had them in axle-deep unplowed snow yet but I hope they perform as well there as they do on ice.
 
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