Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Poitou-Charentes, France
I have lots of experience with them, driving in and around the French Alps for several weeks each winter. Last year we had a very heavy storm pass through overnight, which dumped massive amounts of snow and caused problems for people getting in and out of the village. Fortunately I was parked in an underground car-park and drove straight out once the snow-plough guys had been through and reopened the access road.
My Alfa's got lowered ('sport-pack') suspension, so chains weren't an option. The Flo-Tex wheel socks are amazingly good in/on snow, but like chains, you'll clap them out once you're back on tarmac.
I can *just* about slip my fingers between the tyres and the arch-seals, and the elastic seems to centre things as you begin to roll (slowly at first).
They're so light that I keep them in the boot all year (might just work in mud, although I haven't had to put this to the test). Only things is, remember (like chains) to clean them after use, as they'll be gunked up with salt and stuff.