Traction Product Comparisons

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GOOD BETTER BEST

The following charts are very helpful when deciding which traction products to purchase.

For more detailed information on a specific traction product, please click on the product name.

A mobile-friendly version of this chart is available on page 5 of our Tire Size Directory PDF.

 

Passenger Car Products

Product

Type

Class “S”
Clearance

BRAKING PERFORMANCE

HANDLING PERFORMANCE

 Durability

Easy Install

ABS & AWD

Distance

Control

Cornering

 Starting

Z-Chain
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES
Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Super Z6
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES Best Best Best Best Better Best Best
Auto-Trac
 Alloy diamond pattern link
YES Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Whitestar Alloy  Alloy diamond pattern link  YES Best Best Best Best Better Better Best
Super Z
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES
 Better Best Best Better Better Best Best
Radial Chain
Ladder style cable
YES
Good Better Better Good Better Better Better
Quik Grip PL
Ladder style link
YES
Better Good Good Better Good Good Good
Quik Grip RP
V-Bar ladder-style link
NO
Best Better Good Best Good  Good  Good

Pickup and SUV Products

Product

Type

Class “S”
Clearance

BRAKING PERFORMANCE

HANDLING PERFORMANCE

Durability

Easy Install

ABS & AWD

Distance

Control

Cornering

Starting

Z-Chain
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES
Best Best  Best Best Best Best Best
Super Z6 / Z8
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Super Z LT
Alloy diamond pattern link
YES Best Best Best Better Best Best Best
Auto-Trac Alloy diamond pattern link YES Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Whitestar Alloy
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
YES
Best Best Best Best Better Better Best
Radial Chain LT
Ladder style cable
NO
Good Better Better Good Better Better Good
Quik Grip Highway
Ladder style link
NO
Better  Good Good Better Good Good Good
Quik Grip Reinforced
V-Bar ladder-style link
NO
Best Better Good Best Good Good Good
Quik Grip Alloy Alloy ladder-style link
NO
Best Good Good Best Best Good Good

Truck and Bus Products

Product

Type

Class “S”
Clearance

BRAKING PERFORMANCE

HANDLING PERFORMANCE

Durability

Easy Install

ABS & AWD

Distance

Control

Cornering

Starting

Super Z
Alloy diagonal pattern cable
NO
Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
Diamond Blue
Alloy diagonal pattern link
NO
Best Best Best Best Better Good Best
Quick Grip Alloy
Alloy ladder-style link
NO
Best Good Good Best Best Good Good
Alloy Radial Chain
Alloy ladder-style cable
NO
Good  Better Better Good Better Better Good
Quik Grip Reinforced
V-Bar ladder-style link
NO
 Best  Better Good  Best Good Good Good
Quik Grip Highway
Ladder-style link
NO
Better Good Good  Better Good Good Good

 

Good

GOOD

Quik Grip

Ladder-Style Link Chain

Good for on & off-road, steep grades, deep snow, back roads, unplowed side streets, etc.

Radial Chain

Ladder-Style cable chain

Good for on-road use, packed snow, icy highways and side streets, etc.

Better

BETTER

Super Z® Passenger and Light Truck

Diagonal-Pattern Cable Chain

Better for use on-road, steep grades, deep snow, packed snow, icy roads. Compatible with traction control and/or ABS systems.

Whitestar Alloy

Diamond-Pattern Link Chain

Whitestar Alloy is better for on & off-road, steep grades, deep/packed snow, icy roads. Excellent all-around traction performance.

Quik Grip Alloy

Alloy Ladder-Style Link Chain

Excellent traction and durability for both on and off road applications. Aggressive square rod cross chains are ideal for steep grades, deep snow, ice & mud.

 

Best

BEST

Super Z6® & Super Z8®

Diagonal-Pattern Cable Chain

Best for on-road, steep grades, deep or packed  snow, icy roads Most compatible with traction control and ABS systems. Outstanding all-around traction. Best for vehicles with restricted clearance.

Z‑Chain®

Diagonal-Pattern Cable Chain

All of the benefits of Super Z & Super Z LT plus outstanding traction with unequaled speed & ride capabilities for emergency response equipment.

Auto‑Trac®

Diamond-Pattern Link Chain

Easy installation and removal with no need to retighten. Best durability of any link-style chain for cars and light trucks. Excellent compatibility with ABS and traction control systems.

 

 

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