1) Product Information
ISSE Textile Snow Chains are an alternate type of snow chain (or alternative traction device). They are not made of metal. Instead, they are made of a specially designed fabric, that covers your tires and helps to increase traction in icy or snowy conditions.
ISSE Textile Snow Chains are great for those that frequently drive through snowy or icy roads, as well as those that would like to be prepared for the rare occasion of snowy or icy roads. Many customers make this part of their emergency kit or a winter traveling kit. For others it is an essential item during winter or even all year round. Textile snow chains are best suited for drivers that needed increased traction for a temporary period of time. Some people use them as a complement to winter tires and others as an alternative to metal tire chains.
The fabric of the snow chain absorbs moisture between the surface and tire, and then drains it as the tire rotates, increasing the friction between your vehicle and the surface below.
It's important to understand why your vehicle loses traction and slides on ice or snow. When a tire pushes into ice or snow, it creates a very thin layer of water causing you to hydroplane. On top of that, lower temperatures cause the rubber on tires to lose flexibility, reducing their ability to "spread" into the rough texture of roads. In essence, the tire is prevented from making contact with the actual surface below, losing its grip.
So, to restore that grip, the water must be removed. This is where the fabric comes in. We use a patented braiding design (TriboTek) that allows the fabric to absorb that water, and drain it through the centrifugal force generated by the tire's rotation. Additionally, the texture of the fabric is a better gripping surface than the cold rubber of the tire.
-ISSE Tribology Expert-
The top reasons why people pick textile chains over metal chains are the following:
- No metal parts, means it won't damage your vehicle, wheels or tires
- Also means no vibrations while driving, and a smoother ride
- Lighter and less bulkier, means you can store them in your vehicle at all times, and be ready for when you need them
- They are very easy and quick to put on and take off
Our product line is designed for passenger and commercial vehicles, like sedans, SUVs, trucks, and vans.
We do have a line of products for commercial vehicles like trucks & buses, and industrial machinery. You can find more info about those through one of our distributors, titanchain.com.
In regards to other vehicles and machinery(like ATVs, wheelchairs, or snow blowers), our snow chains aren't specifically designed for them, so they likely will not fit well or work at all. Despite that, some customers have still tried them out successfully, especially with tire sizes that resemble those of automobiles.
Of course! ISSE snow chains can be used with vehicles of any drivetrain (FWD, RWD, 4WD, or AWD). Make sure you get a set for each pair of wheels with traction. This means you will need only 1 package for FWD and RWD, and 2 packages for 4WD and AWD vehicles.
Yes! ISSE snow chains are compatible with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESP or ESC) systems.
2) Product Use
The most important thing you should know, is that when it comes to driving on snowy and icy roads there are speed limit laws and guidelines for a reason. The top speed for snowy or icy roads is 25 mph. Driving any faster than that, can put you or others in grave danger, as controlling your vehicle becomes harder in such conditions (yes, even with additional traction devices). We always recommend that you follow your local laws and guidelines for driving on snowy or icy roads. Please be smart and safe, and avoid being in a rush when driving in snow or ice.
Yes, and they come in very handy for such situations. Going through hilly areas usually means driving on steep roads. Combine that with ice or snow, and you have the perfect recipe for zero traction and going absolutely nowhere. Slip on some ISSE Textile Snow Chains and you should be back in business, and driving up those steep roads.
Yep! You can use textile snow chains for plowing snow. Many people actually prefer textile snow chains because are quick to put on and remove. Just make sure to take this in consideration:
- Use the proper size for your tires for the best performance based on the usage. Test the fit before using.
- Avoid excessive speed. Do not exceed 20 mph with trucks or 25 mph with cars. Always drive slow in deep snow.
Remove the snow chains when done plowing, and store them inside your car in your emergency kit bag or trunk where they will not freeze.
You certainly can. In conditions of deeper snow, the addition of snow chains can give you increased traction.
Winter tires also tend to wear out faster during the warmer months, surprising many drivers with reduced performance when it starts snowing again. In these situations, using textile snow chains on winter tires can also help to increase traction.
We highly recommend removing the textile snow chains when you are no longer driving on snowy or icy roads. Contact with asphalt or concrete will increase the wear and tear on the fabric and reduce the lifespan of the chains. For roads where you constantly transition from snow/ice to asphalt/concrete, we recommend the ISSE Super as they are our most durable line of snow chains.
This all depends on the use of the snow chains, the wear and tear, and the version of snow chain.
On average, customers buy new snow chains once a year. Those that only need them occasionally, opt for the Classic version, while those that encounter snowy or icy roads more frequently purchase the Super version.
If you want increased durability, we recommend you purchase the ISSE Super version.
Pay attention to the fraying of the fabric, or holes in the fabric. Replace your snow chains when you notice that approximately 50% of the fabric is frayed, or when about 20% of the fabric shows holes (that are no larger than 1/3 of the tire width). If you have large holes on the fabric, replace the snow chains immediately.
Yes, ISSE snow chains can be washed in the washing machine (max 104°F or 40°C). Do not iron or tumble dry. Store the snow chains once they are completely dry.
Of course not. It's made of a fabric (no metal parts!). Just make sure they fit well.
You no longer have to worry about broken metal chains damaging your vehicle or scratching your wheels when installing.
3) Product Details
Each package contains a set of 2 textile snow chains. This means that if you want snow chains for 2 tires, you only need 1 package. If you want snow chains for 4 tires, then you would need 2 packages.
To ensure our snow chains meet the highest quality standards, all of our products are 100% made in Europe.
Our textile snow chains are made of ultra-resistant synthetic fibers; either 100% polyolefin or 100% polyester. They are also recyclable, so please dispose of them responsibly.
For starters, we have a very simple sizing system. 5 sizes cover 98% of all tire sizes for passenger vehicles.
ISSE a popular choice among car manufacturers. We have partnered with many automobile brands, including Goodyear, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and more.
Additionally, the years of research and advanced technology used in developing our products, have led to a textile that is extremely durable and highly effective in increasing traction by absorbing moisture. Our fabrics are manufactured with a patented braiding design (TriboTek), 3D braiding (Activ3D), recyclable fabric (Ecotex), nanotechnology (nanotek), and a high tenacity system (HTS).
In 2019, a lab test performed an abrasion test between the ISSE Super snow chain and a competing textile snow chains. The results found that the ISSE snow chain was 2.5x more durable than the competitor's product.
Beware of copies and imitations, especially non-patented and non-DOT certified brands, as their claims of increased traction are unfounded and often false.
The main difference between the two is the durability of the fabric. The Super version is made of a stronger fabric and is more durable than the Classic. Get the Classic if you need these as part of an emergency kit or you will only use them occasionally. Choose the Super if you will need them more frequently.
The minor difference is the color! The Classic is vibrant red with stripes, while the Super is an elegant white.
4) Sizing and Installation
It all depends on how you will use them. If you need something for occasional use or emergency situations, go with the ISSE Classic. For more frequent and intensive use, go with the ISSE Super.
First, you need to know what size of tires you have. Find out How to Read Your Tire Size. (see image below)
Then, you can use our ISSE Size Calculator to find out which size is best for your tires. You will find the calculator on each of our products description.
You can also check out our Quick Sizing Guide (image below) to get an idea of which size most likely fits your tires. Please use the Size Calculator to verify the right fit for your tires.
It's very simple. Find out How to Read Your Tire Size with the chart below
You certainly can if they fit the other car's tires. Put the other vehicle's tire size in our Size Calculator, and see if the resulting ISSE size matches with the snow chains you currently have. If they do not match, they will not fit well so avoid using them. Instead, buy a new set that fits them properly.
Check out our video to learn how to quickly and easily put on your ISSE Textile Snow Chains.
There should be no problem. As long as the fabric does not touch other parts of the vehicle surrounding the wheel they should work just fine. The limited space might reduce your maneuverability when putting on the snow chain, so it might take longer than with a regular vehicle.
5) Shipping, Returns and other
We have Expedited (1 day), Priority (2 days), and Standard (3-5 days). Learn more about our Shipping Policy.
This will vary depending on the shipping method selected. Keep in mind that it takes 1-2 days to process the orders before they are shipped out.
NOTE: Parcel service delays during the COVID pandemic has been affecting a lot of orders, so it might take longer than normal. We recommend expedited shipping if your order is time-sensitive.
Definitely. Once your order is shipped out you will receive an email confirmation with a link to track your order.
Although our customers rarely request to return an item, we do accept returns. Please check out our Return Policy for details.
We do encourage you to reach out to us if you are having difficulties fitting the snow chains, getting them to work, or anything else. We stand by the quality and effectiveness of our snow chains.
Sometimes parcels can take longer to arrive due to postal service delays. Read more about our Shipping Policy. You can always track your order and get in touch with the postal service to find out more information. If it's been more than 15 days since the parcel was shipped, please contact us.
In the super extremely ultra unbelievably rare scenario that the product you received is defective, please contact us or email us at email@example.com
You can contact us by chat or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the time being, ISSE Textile Snow Chains are only sold online.
Enjoy driving in snow again. ISSE Textile Snow Chains are easy and quick to assemble, safer and friendlier with the environment.