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  1. #1
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    Question Snow Chains Or Paddle Tires?

    So, later this summer I will go hiking up in a mountain, which there are alot of snow at, and then the Summit needs some new shoes! I can't decide what to buy, Paddles or Chains... So I want to hear yoyr experiences, because then it would be easier to choose.(Hopefully...) I don't know where to buy any of thoose, so links would be really helpfull.

    Thanks
    Car_Fan
    -Summit
    -1/16 Slash Baja -Soon to be brushless-

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    Snow chains are really not going to help much, it is rare to find a appropriate snow to be effective.
    I install it on the Moab 40 series tires in winter, but I would say that its function is aesthetic.

    Everything will depend on the type of snow, if it is recent or transformed and temperature. On powder snow on a hill no one system is good except mattracs. On packed snow or icy snow is better to use wide tires with nails and irregular profile. The best times to walk over snow, is after four or five days without blizzards with temperatures below freezing at night , in early morning hours.


  3. #3
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    Thanks Trucktrial, you're the boss! I've read MANY of your trial/hiking posts, you inspired me to start with truck hiking! Thanks! Much usefull information!
    -Summit
    -1/16 Slash Baja -Soon to be brushless-

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    Chains are better for hard packed and ice and paddles are better for powder. I made chains for my tires and they work great. Just go to a hardware store or something and buy some jack chain. I think I used #12 jack chain. 30 ft. should be plenty. I think (but I'm not absolutely certain) that I used 27 ft.
    Why can't other people share my opinions?

  5. #5
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    Chains drastically out perform paddle tires in the snow. (And I should know, I live in Canada, Eh?)

    I wouldn't be too worried about going overboard with making them too fancy, for my Slash 2wd I used #8 jack chain (or 1/4") and the tires went from 'suck' to 'AWESOME'.

    Here are a few pictures for inspiration:




    Sorry, the chassis is not Traxxas but the electronics are - therefore this picture is relevant. HA!
    Waffles!

  6. #6
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    Looks awesome! Thanks for the feedback!
    -Summit
    -1/16 Slash Baja -Soon to be brushless-

  7. #7
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    paddles will just dig holes unless it is hard snow.
    slash revo vxl x4 rally x2 ped 2wd slash vxl rus

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    Here's my summit with chains on.




    Why can't other people share my opinions?

  9. #9
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    Lookin' good!
    -Summit
    -1/16 Slash Baja -Soon to be brushless-

  10. #10
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    i would go chains because if there is mud or anything ice and snow id u hit ice with paddles ur going to slide.

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    back to life get some more pics!!!!!!!
    what's up guys

  12. #12
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    The problem with paddles is if you stop you're going to dig to china!

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