I have used snow chains on 18 wheelers while traveling in canada and with all due honesty I dont remember having issues.
some 15yrs ago I purchased a used car where the owner had recently moved from arizouna, long story short he had a set of "traction cables" I loved them, you can drive up to 40 mph on wires vrs 15 mph on chains, unlike chains they do not strech nor do they loosen forcing you to stop often.
since then I have had interest in purchsing a couple sets for the rover and the other cars but honestly aside from a blown trans back in the blizzard of 2009/2010 I have never had an issue driving in snow.
Iwould use cables before chains.
For on road use, it does not matter much. Any chain should stand up as long as you stay off dry roads. Regular cable chains are probably easiest to use.
For off road, get a proper chain. V-bar ladder style is cheap, easy to install and works great. A good solid 8 mm chain set will last a lifetime.
The Ruds are "OK" but they are pretty light with small chain. Not really enough bite for off road use. I don't see them as easier to put on. The one guy that wheels with them uses them on the front. The idea is they won't bite as hard and it reduces the chance of breaking the weak ass front drivetrain. They "might" be better in steering as well although I'm not sure we have seen evidence.
For the next 4 months all my off roading will be with chains on.
I've never used Rud chains, but I've used the standard v-bar chains a lot (at times 4 or 5 months out of the year) and if properly installed never had them come off. The only time I've had them come off was when I was rushing and didn't stop to adjust them after driving a bit.
These are the ones I'm talking about,http://www.tirechain.com/VBAR.htm
Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
in places even more inaccessible.
I think of me sticking with the diamond style chain the ladder seems more for off road and a pain to install. I saw the scc whitestar alloy looked nice and is affordable. Thule make a high tech set fir about 40$ more per pair
I have and have used the RUD chains. Haven't had any problems if they are adjusted correctly. I have noticed that they can be tightened up after a few rotations in the wheels. They have worked as well as any other chains I have seen.
Seen many RUD tire chains brake - but keep in mind that it is usually just the rubber tensioner that breaks. A few rubber bungee cords will take the place. However, I've had good luck with Whitestar Diamand Pattern chains from JC Whitney without any breaks. I do carry extra rubber bungee cords and quick links just in case though.