Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2010 Mazda CX-7 i
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Hubertus, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 28, 2013

These tires are GREAT! The Mazda only has ONE tire available for it (the OEM Bridgestone Duellers), and there was NO WAY I was going to get another set of those! This meant I had to change tire size, and these were a good choice when compared to the factory 215/70-17 size.

The day they were installed, it was cold and rainy out. The tire rode like they were on rails! Since then, it has snowed, rained, snowed LOTS, freezing rain, and cold, dry days. I cannot believe how well these tires perform! We just drove 3000 miles over Christmas, and the ONLY time I didn't feel very confident was the glare ice conditions (with rain) driving thru MO before Christmas. All other conditions were as if it were a pleasant, sunny day!

For the price of these tires, you CANNOT go wrong. It was even better that the Tire Rack installer I chose even installed them for free! I now recommend both Tire Rack and the general Altimax RT43s to everyone! I hope General doesn't change them before I need another set again!

As an aside, I see these can be had in 13", too. My MG Midget may be getting a set this spring as well!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2008 Jeep Patriot Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Suncook, NH
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

These are excellent tires. My Jeep Patriot is FWD but I want 4wd performance in snow. These tires are as close as I can hope for: very sure-footed in any kind of snow. An acceptable tire in every respect, a bit noisey but I can live with it. No problems in rain. Tread life was a little short compared to a summer tire, but I expected that. Liked them enough to buy my second set of these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2001 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 46,000
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 46,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

I bought four of these tires in November 2010. At the time, I didn't know how many more times our Escape would be able to pass inspection. I'd had great results with Michelin Cross Terrains, but didn't want to spend the extra money that Michelins would cost.
The Generals worked very well for us. We drive on the "spirited" side, with a pretty even mix of interstates, back roads and city streets, and occasional gravel roads and farm fields. Traction, steering, handling, braking, noise, everything has always been excellent. The tires always responded predictably, with no significant decrease in performance as they aged.
Three years later, the Generals are almost done, but they still have some useful life left, maybe another 5,000 miles. I had them out twice recently in significant snowstorms, and felt safer and more secure with them than with the newer all-seasons on my rental car. Part of that is the nature of the two vehicles (Escape 4WD vs. Toyota Camry FWD), but even with traction control and the other 2012 technology the Camry has, the Escape (and its older tires) still felt safer.
I would probably buy another set if we were keeping the Escape. For the money, I don't know of a comparable tire that would work better for this vehicle than the Generals. If money were no object, I might consider the Michelin LTX M/S 2. I had an older generation of this tire on my pickup years ago; they were tremendous, and I understand the newer generation is even better. But they are pricey, about $180 each for the Michelins in the Escape size, vs. $100 or so for the Generals.
Tire Rack is my number one source for tire information, and my number one choice when it's time to buy. Their prices are competitive, I love their test reports, and the surveys and reviews are the most comprehensive I've ever seen. When I have questions, their representatives always come through. I don't even consider any other online tire suppliers, there's no need when Tire Rack does such a nice job.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

Purchased a set for my GT since the stock dunlops are a piece of crap during winter.
All I can say is WOW. We have been hit with a lot of snow since last month and all I can say is that I have TOTAL CONFIDENCE in these tires and made my driving a heck of a lot easier.

Dry Traction is good. Noise level is waay quiet compared to the stock dunlops which when traveling at high speeds sound like you are being chased by an ambulance.
Wet Traction is very good.
Freezing rain/ice traction is superb. My tires are not studded (which would help traction during these conditions) but it performed waay better than I expected.

Light snow traction is outstanding.
Deep snow traction is outstanding as well. I was very lazy on shoveling my driveway so it left a very deep chunk of snow which I had no problem getting in and out of. My other car has the continental dws which got stuck entering our driveway :)

Overall, I am very happy with these tires. Save your money and buy these instead of the blizzaks!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.9
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Roselle, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tires. These Generals are comparable to the Michelin Arctic Alpin in their snow driving performance (another worthless winter tire), but at least the Michelins were quiet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

1999 Toyota RAV4 4-door 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,900
Location: Bossier City, LA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,900 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2014

My car initially came with Bridgestone Dueler 687's. That's an OK tire. My last set was the Bridgestone Dueler H/T 687 II's. VERY good tire, at least for this car! This tire had an aggressive, yet quiet tread design with a wider than average footprint, which made for good stability when cornering. LOVED this tire, but they have been discontinued in my size. This was very upsetting. After a few weeks of research, the tire of choice kept coming back to the Dueler H/L Ecopia 422's. My initial complaint was the squishy feel on the road and the narrow tread, as compared to the Dueler H/T's they replaced. Once the tires got about 500 miles on them, they became run in and felt much better.

I am now in love with this tire! They are much lighter in weight, very quiet on all road surfaces, and have good wet traction. Snow traction is INCREDIBLE, as is ice traction!! I live in Louisiana and recently drove up to Chicago. Never once did snow, slush, or ice become an issue, even in emergency maneuvers!! Mind you all, this was during the "Polar Vortex" event.. My RAV4 is two wheel drive. I even pushed an AWD Equinox (equipped with Michelin Latitude tires) through an on ramp with 4-5 inches of snow accumulation to get back onto I-55!

I am beyond impressed with the performance of these tires and not only will I probably buy again, but I Highly recommend this tire if you own a Crossover/SUV/Midsize Truck!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Had OEM Bridgestones Turanza 400 EL a mediocre all weather touring tire. It is unfair to compare as the Michelin is a performance tire but the Michelin is an all weather. I have to say after driving in three snow situations the Michelins were not a compromise. Not snow tires but at least as good as the OEM's.The handling performance is excellent and excellent in dry and wet conditions too. These tires eat up slalom like curves. Overall I am very happy and am enjoying my drives thanks to great tires.

 

Hankook Ventus S1 noble2: Great Performance at a Value Price

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Ventus S1 noble2 is the newest Ultra High Performance All-Season tire offered from Hankook and a recent Tire Rack test showed the tire to be one of the best in its performance category. In our test, "Testing Value-Priced Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires," the Ventus S1 noble2 proved to be a top performer in key areas like ride comfort, road noise and wet traction. We compared Firestone's Firehawk Wide Oval AS, the General G-MAX AS-03, Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season and Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

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The Ventus S1 noble2 (H452) is developed for drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to combine on-road performance with all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. Designed to provide Hankook's ideal ultra high performance all-season balance, the Ventus S1 noble2 blends handling and cornering performance with all-season traction, even in light snow.

Ventus S1 noble2 tires use hybrid compound technology silica that combines wet road traction with lower rolling resistance and longer treadlife. This compound is molded into a sophisticated semi-rib asymmetric tread design that features notched outboard shoulders, intermediate and center ribs to deliver responsive handling and stable cornering in dry conditions. Four circumferential grooves and inboard Aqua Hydro Block technology provide efficient wet traction and braking. Carving edge grooves and 3D sipes promote wet road and wintertime traction without abandoning dry road response and handling.

If you're looking to get the most tire for your money, the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 is definitely a great performing tire at a value price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Champaign, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 08, 2010

I've driven in all weather and road conditions and this tire has been excellent and exceeded my expectations. This is the first time I have ever used a dedicated winter tire and the difference between its performance and the all season tires I use the rest of the time is amazing. I went down a size in tire from the 225-65-17's I use for non-winter driving and am glad I did. These tires are an excellent value especially when compared to tires in their class.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Chrysler Town and Country
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: SILVER SPRING, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I live in MD and we don't get much snow around here so a winter tire is overkill, unless like me you go looking for snow to get your skiing fix. Purchased these Conti's two weeks ago and already took a trip up to Vermont over MLK holiday. I'm very impressed by this tire. I read all the reviews about winter tires and road noise in dry conditions but I didn't notice any difference between these and my OEM Yokohama's. It could be the weight of the car that makes things better, noise wise, as compared to what other reviewers noticed. The stability is a bit off but I'm driving a minivan so I was not expecting much. On our recent trip to VT (with a return detour through the Poconos PA) we hit snow, slush, ice and windy roads. The tires performed admirably again and again. Up moderately steep mountain roads covered with 4in of fresh snow and hard packed snow under... no problem (but I had to use the manual shifter to keep it steady traction in 3rd gear and engine brake going down), slush on the highways... no problem, ice on some of the byways... well, abs engaged when stopping a few times but I think that's how it's suppose to work. I was originally worried about the unique pattern of the Conti's and was going to go with the Michelin's (used them and lowed them when I lived in the snowy part of Europe) but the price difference was a big factor for me given that I would be using these tires max 3 mo out of the year. Tirerack delivery was great. Got my tires in two days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/TReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.73

2004 Toyota Tacoma 4wd Extra Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: Hopewell Junction, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2013

This is a really great tire. So good, i just bought a new truck, and immediately had its stock tires swapped out for these Destination A/Ts. I had 37,000 miles on them when I sold the truck, and they still had between 8/32" and 9/32" tread left. That's more than 50%! They would have easily lasted past 55k before i would have wanted to take them off. When they were new, they were excellent in the snow- recent snowfalls I can tell they're slipping a little, but still get the job done safetly. But hey, 37k on them, it's expected. I did a lot of highway driving with these tires, and they are smooth and quite. They did not affect my gas mileage, as some people have claimed. I drive in the sand a lot in the summer, and I've never gotten stuck once, even on a sandy uphill slope, from a dead stop, they pull you forward. I've owned a lot of mud tires in the past, including the Destination M/T. These A/Ts perform surprisingly well in all condition. They're no M/T, but they're pretty close. I recently considered going to the BF Goodrich all-terrain KOs, just to switch it up. I knew what to expect because I've owned them in the past, but I honestly believe that the Destination A/T is an equally effective tire in most normal conditions. I just couldnt bring myself to spend $80 more per tire for the BFs. The value for the Firestone is the best, in my opinion vs virtually every comparable tire out there. $145/ tire is great!!! I'm a tire fanatic, this is my second set of destination A/Ts and my 4th set of firestones. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75

2005 Dodge Magnum RT Rear Wheel Drive
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Cabot, AR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
November 23, 2012

I have only to compare these to the OEM continentals and some Cooper CS4 T rated. These hands down handle better wet and dry than my previous 2 sets. Yes they are more noisey than both OEMs and the Coopers but the feels of the car is much more direct and with no reduction in ride quality. I live in Arkansas so very mild winters as far as snow but it still gets into teens in winter so i didnt want summer and winter tires just an all season that would perform better than the previous tires and these deliver. Very fun on streets and curvy roads. The tires are very audible at there limits so its easy to drive spiritedly with out going too far. This is a big car but these tire seems to handle it well. As far as noise mine are no louder than the day i put them on. I did have to raise the psi of the tires by 3psi a piece to correct a little feathering on the 2nd row of lugs rotated and the wear stopped. Had an alignmet performed at install. Would recommend for anyone who doesnt want an all out summer tire but more than your all season.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2013

1200 Miles on these tires and they perform well. They have tons of grip in the rain. I bought them at the end of the winter and they have yet to see snow or ice. They are a little noisy. I think a lot of people on hear blow the noise out of proportion. I can turn the radio down and still have a quiet ride, you can hear the tires though. A super swamper can be called a noisy tire, that's like comparing a lawnmower engine to a jet engine though. They really are not that loud. They ride excellent. I have yet to spin a tire in the rain.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax ArcticReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2001 Infiniti I30
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Miles driven on tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

If you live in any of the snow states, these tires are a must. It transformed my little open diff fwd economy car into a snow hungry monster. For light snow, I can drive pretty much like it's dry. In heavy snow, I can still plow through with great stability especially when changing lanes on the high way.

Recently my area had about 18" of snow, and my car was able to plow it's way from my driveway onto the street without any problem. My neighbors thought my Honda had awd..

No your AWD with all season tire will not out perform a 2WD vehicle with proper snow tires. You may able to get off the line a little faster, but you'll just end up in a ditch faster. Blizzak offer you better traction ALL around. Acceleration, braking, and cornering.

I'm on my third season and I still have over 9/32" of thread left. It's going to be a while before I have to replace it.

There are down sides, such as dry response and grip. You feel instantly the soft sidewall of these tires compare to AS or summer tire. I got white knuckled once taking a corner aggressively like I would on my AS tire. I only gave this tire a 5/7/6 in the dry category.

However, just looking at the snow performance alone, I give this tire 10/10!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.86
 
 

1997 Honda Del Sol VTEC
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Nepean, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

very happy with these tires, closely compare with the previous "summer ultra high performance" summer-only
tires I used previously.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2013

I just purchased these tire to replace the OEM Bridgestone RE050 summer performance. I have never purchased Hankook before. The OEM tires were in a different category so I know I can not compare them as it's more apples to oranges. My goal was to achieve all season drivability with minimal loss in performance. The Hankook did not have any reviews when I purchased so I took a chance. I only have 500 miles on the tires but here is what I can tell you. First, the tires are kind of ugly in my opinion, the sidewall is very busy with large lettering, a little NASCAR to me. Tire noise is low, and the tires are light, six pounds lighter than the OEM. The side walls are very soft, almost feel like neoprene, very odd. Tramlining from the OEM tires are gone, they track very straight. The tires do not react very quickly to steering inputs. The turn-in is liner. If you are taking a long turn under acceleration, you can feel the rear end squat and shift reducing driver confidence. I have noticed a significant increase in MPGs in both city and highway driving. Straight line performance is decent, grip fairly well. Decent tire if you are not performance driving, but slightly better than just all season, but not UHP A/S. I will update as the tires break in and/or break down.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hamilton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

This is the best street tire out there if your looking for the fastest lap times. Dry grip is amazing, steering feel is sharp and super fast, wet grip is even very good at 100+mph felt no loss of traction with wet track conditions and pouring rain, I was impressed. They never overheated on the road course with 30min sessions. Braking grip is very good too.
Very stiff sidewalls and these tires do run very wide. I've done 6 trackdays and the tires still look great! So treadwear is lasting longer than i expected. And I drive to and from the track.
Overall performed excellent in every way, except price...it is very expensive compared to other extreme performance tires but I think its still worth it.
Buy this tire you won't be disappointed! And now they have the updated AD08-R version?
So even better??

 

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Smyrna, DE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

Wow, with 215,000 miles on the truck I have bought my fair share of tire, but these take the cake. In the summers I surf fish and find these tires (although not rated) as superior in sand. In the winters we routinely travel to upstate NY and VT and while we have only been once this year and only had them in deep snow and ice 3 or 4 times this year, WOW they are great!! Traction is awesome, hardly need 4wd but when enabled I don't think anything can get these tires spinning. NO complaints, perfect tires, I have owned the factory Pirelli's and Bridgestone Duelers they cant compare to the performance of these tires. If you are on the fence, BUY them. About ready to purchase same set, different size, for my 08 Outback.