Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.88

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 15, 2011

I've seen a decent amount of snow in milwaukee this year and these tires are just outstanding. With the power of the STI I have broken them loose but they were still gripping the entire time, and the wheel spin was due to the amount of salt the city is dumping this year. I thought they might be a little squishy in a hard cornering situation but wow was I wrong, stiff and responsive through hard braking and acceleration. Deep snow traction is well above average for a long lasting all-season tire like these, if your not sure if this is the tire for you in a snowy type environment then go buy snow tires and waste your money every winter replacing them. I do plan on taking these to the track in spring, will update on that when the time comes. The big thing about these tires are the price, for $600 I'll gladly buy these again considering what was on the car when I bought it from the dealership...245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 600 which run about $220 a piece if I'm not mistaken and only last for 20000 miles.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2008 Audi A8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Houston, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
April 23, 2014

I am coming off OEM Dunlops (not a fan) and then Sumitomo HTR ZIII's (summer tire that gave me 21k miles) to these -- and it is a world of difference for the good! These tires make my A8 feel like it should, and yet provide the traction I need when I toss it around a bit. Obviously, with only 1500 miles so far, I'm not able to comment on wear, but this thing rides better and is quiet at highway speeds (somewhat elevated from the road sign limits). I don't need something for snow here in Houston, but for the rain and overall handling of my A8, I got the right tire! No more summer tires for me...

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Lexus ES350
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Derwood, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

Wow! Never had a better tire. Had Bridgestone Pole Positions, Dunlop SP5000s, Falken Ziex, etc. - all well-rated by Consumer Reports and well-regarded by enthusiasts. Also have a Lexus LS400 and can't wait for its Bridgestones to wear out so I can replace them with these. Superb ride, quiet, handling. Notice instantly. Worth every penny.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2014 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Replaced the 19 inch dunlop low profile (5000 sport) that came with car with 17 inch allow wheels and the new michelin premeier. Could not take the road noise and harsh ride from the oem dunlop sport 5000. Ride is much better, quieter and far smoother. Road noise is lowered and the harsh, bone jarring ride, on highways with potholes or all types, is vastly improved. Interesting to note that the steering response is somewhat firmer, with more resistance, and that is also improved over the stock tires, because it is more natural, with better road feel. All in all a great choice for highway cruisers like me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

1999 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Poulsbo, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

I picked these up from Tirerack knowing I wanted an extreme summer tire. I had them delivered with a set of silver TRM C1M 15x7 30 offset wheels. Both the wheels and tires look fantastic. While I have had limited opportunities to experience the grip, I fully expect them to perform beautifully. A 20 minute track session in the rain was actually enjoyable as I felt supremely planted even with the wet conditions. And one autox in the dry with the tires barely scuffed went well with little drama. My '99 Miata is running on new Tein coil overs so it will be interesting to see how the tires perform this summer as the various track days that are coming up. But, I am very pleased with the tires except just one little thing....they do tend to sing a bit around 65-70 mph. So the comments regarding noise are spot on. Sad to hear they are being replaced with new versions from Dunlop, but I would buy them again in a heartbeat. Very satisfied!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Decatur, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I came from the factory Dunlop Super Sports, which were plenty grippy for the street but just weren't cutting it at Autocross. So I upgraded to the RE-11A, which has been a big improvement. I feel like wet traction is actually not quite as good as the Dunlops were, but other than that, these tires are a big improvement. My times have improved, the cabin is quieter at all speeds, even my gas mileage has improved. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a good compromise between daily driving comfort and competitive performance, when you want to drive to an event on the same tires you're competing on, or you're in a stock class and have to maintain 200+ treadwear rating. The sidewalls are nice and stiff, letting me cut tire pressures by a good 5 PSI, and they don't seem to take as much of a beating from events as the Dunlops did. All around very happy with these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.22
 
 

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location: Newport News, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

These tires are OEM, so I have nothing to compare to. So far the worst performance was in the light snow and ice we've had this winter, where I'm driving about 10-15 mph and the car going virtually straight ahead when I turn the wheel. Keep in mind this car has stability control, ABS and is FWD. I can't say I've been impressed with that. Nevertheless they've performed well in dry and wet conditions so far. I feel they've handled well given the cars handling ability. It would be easier to provide a better review if I had other tires on the car to compare to, so some of my ratings are guesses. If I can I will update this review after a while.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2002 Porsche Boxster S
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Delmar, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 08, 2014

This is the third set of Yoko AD07 or AD08 I have purchased for my Porsche. I am a "track rat", but have dedicated tires/wheels for the track. This is my daily driver, and is driven 50% city, 50% highway, including in the rain. These tires are fantastic with the best dry and wet grip available in a street tire. The turn-in is sharp, but not quite as good as Michelin PS2's, and better than Dunlop Direzza's. They are predictable at the limit, with a very correctable breakaway point. They are fantastic in the rain, and I have driven them in a downpour at Watkins Glen track, with absolute confidence. Resistance to hydroplaning is excellent. As they wear down they get VERY loud as they near the wear-bars. The wear is about average for an extreme performance summer tire. I just bought two AD08=R's for the rear after 12,000 miles. Fronts last me about 18,000. I don't care if they don't wear like iron - they are that good!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2009 Acura TSX
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Rochester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 29, 2014

I bought the DZ 102's because they were priced well and I really needed summer tires. I only have driven on these for a few weeks but must say these tires rock! The dry grip is much better than the factory Michelin's. They have a stiffer sidewall so the my cornering and handling has really improved. And the sound/road noise is a drastic improvement over the factory tires. I have not driven on these tires in the rain yet. I would buy these again from what I have experienced so far. My only complaint so far is that they look less aggressive when mounted on my car then I expected. They are a very nice looking tire off the car and from the side view but, the view of the tread from behind my car is less aggressive than I expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Tonawanda, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 15, 2014

Chose this tire because of tread pattern, name brand, and look. Only ran it for about a month. Nice handling, quiet, and smooth riding tires. TWO THUMBS UP!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Signature

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Signature Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Huntsville, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

HUGE improvement over the OEM Michelin run-flats. With the run-flats, it was like trying to run a 100 yard dash while wearing galoshes. The Dunlops restore the ability to enjoy the spirited performance native to BMW's (yes, even a 6,000 pound X5 SAV).

Treadwear has been a pleasant surprise -- now at 32,000 miles, and have probably 10,000 more to go before prudent replacement. (The OEM Michelins were at the wear bars at 25,000 miles.) Only negative - we got some snow this winter, and they were not great in anything over an inch or two. But in northern Alabama, that is such a rare occurrence as to be insignificant. Up north, where I used to live, I'd probably swap these out in the winter for some dedicated snow tires.

Bottom line -- if you have OEM run-flats on your BMW, UPGRADE to these Dunlops, and get superior performance for less than half the price. Highly recommended!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.17
 
 

2000 Acura Integra LS
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2014

I've had these for about 2000 miles now, with a very evenly combined city / highway mixture, having just completed a 1000 mile road trip. I was initially very attracted to the price of the DZ102, but was slightly concerned about how they would perform in wet conditions, especially after reading several reviews regarding the performance of the DZ101. These tires absolutely love warm conditions, and stick very well to dry pavement, with fantastic feedback at highway speeds, and in city driving as well. Under wet conditions, the tires didn't flinch. They have great feedback, and allow only the slightest amount of give when they're pushed hard, but have a very linear feel to them that gives you plenty of notice when they're on the edge. They're very quiet on the highway, with minimal road noise; it's not imperceptible, but still remarkably quiet. These made the car feel very planted, and I didn't notice any 'tracking' or 'squirming', although I made sure to get an alignment immediately afterwards.

So far, great tire for the price. I'll update my review after I've covered some more miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
June 07, 2014

Overall for a performance tire at this price it is excellent with a catch. The ride characteristics are great for this category of tire in normal driving conditions, very smooth even on chewed up roads and relatively quite. Tons of traction particularly while corning, more then the Dunlop SP9090s and Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics I've had on the same car. Unlike both those this tire has very soft side walls. This is partly why the grip in the corners is so good as it holds on where the others would start to slide, however this also leads to a lot of side wall deflection - not a big deal in normal driving but if you are doing hard cornering with quick directional change it will be. In such cases there is a fair amount of 'lag' as the tires unload from one side then reload on the other - during this time car has very disconnected feel - steering wheel is turned but you aren't turning yet - depending on the severity of the situation once the tires re-engage it can unsettle the car and in extreme instances has caused the stability control on my car to engage where other tires in the same situation this didn't happen. Upping the PSI above recommended settings mitigate this some at the cost of ride/noise comfort and tread wear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.27
 
 

2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Darien, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
June 01, 2014

Constant humming above 45mph. Drives me nuts.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZIIReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 30, 2014

Wow!! These tires far exceeded my expectations. Second weekend I had them on I went and did a open track day at a famous F1 track, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium, and man did these tires perform! I have driven with them thru light and heavy rain already and have had no feeling of loss of control on the highway. Driving around the city and its wet outside on some turns I can feel my car under steer even though my it's AWD. Another thing I have noticed is when I get to 60 MPH I can hear a little tire noise but it's not bad. Over all a pretty quite tire, sticky when the tires get warm and its not raining and the price is outstanding for what you get. I fully recommend these to anyone that wants excellent summer tires with out spending $1600 on tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2005 Honda Civic DX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Edmonds, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

"Kenny the dentist" may not be thinking about his tires while doing autocross, but I certainly am and I am amazed how much more fun these tires add to playtime. They make me look better than I am as well as giving me the confidence to try for a little more. Monday-Friday errands and commuting: No worse than my winter tires in standing water; good to very good on normal wet pavement; more smiles on every curve in good weather. A little noisy, but not out of line for this type of tire. Very sensitive to seams and crowns in the road, but I appreciate feeling what is going on. Though not an off-road tire, it is not bad on my gravel road that the city no longer has funds to properly maintain; very poor on a tiny piece of tree roots and rocks I had to go through in a parking lot. My only complaint is that I had to keep waiting to put them on this past spring--there was always one more morning with frost. I never knew a little old lady could fall in love with tires!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,711
Location: State College, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,711 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

This is a great tire, but not great for this car and my driving style. I sized this -1 (factory OEM is 17"), and in doing so created the majority of my "gripes" I have with this tire. The size I bought it in has been discontinued.

I have been using snows for the past 20 years, and I've tried Blizzaks, Generals, Firestones, Goodyears, Dunlops. I average around 7K a year driving in the winter on snows.

Good: The tire is an exceptional snow tire. Period. Snow to this tire is a traction additive. Deep snow, slush, light snow - not a problem. The tire hangs on very well when set on a singular course in the dry. Reasonably quiet. Stable under braking.

Bad: If you're a normal driver (commuter), *obey* the speed limit, etc. 95% of the bad won't apply to you. Because it is an exceptional snow tire, it leaves a lot to be desired in the dry. This tire is heavily siped so the tread-blocks are squishy. Full throttle acceleration isn't advised.

The web is full of comments of people complaining about the soft sidewalls, which I didn't heed. The sidewalls are *soft* and as a result I feel the tire compress over bumps before the car does. Somewhat unsettling if your car is stiffly sprung like the WRX is as you feel it "pogo" over transitions. Should you need to do a quick transition at highway speeds it is a sphincter clinching event. Just plan on hitting whatever you're trying to avoid if you're doing anything over 40 - the tires are easily overwhelmed.

Conclusion:

- A GREAT SNOW TIRE
- Very soft sidewalls - not intended for "sportier" or "firmly damped" cars.
- Surprisingly good tread wear - I wore off less than 2/32nds in 6711 miles of driving.
- These are not Blizzaks - on ice you're pretty much on your own unless you get studs. Given the price, I wasn't expecting them to match a Blizzak's performance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport MaxxReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.38

2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
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Miles driven on tires: 6,900
Location: Burke, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,900 Miles on Tires
December 03, 2011

The rears are 285/35ZR20. Yeah, I know these are summer tires, but I would expect SOME sort of capability in temps between 32 and 50 degress. These tires cannot be relied on for any kind of performance applications at these temperatures. All my comments refer to these temperatures and not summer temps. Even with moderately aggressive cornering, the tires act like they are going to pop off the rim. With pseudo heavy throttle, they have minimal traction. They break loose with just the slightest amount of power application. I would go with the Continental Extreme DWS if they had better sidewall rigidity. If you are going to stay with a summer tire on your supercharged Jag XF AND would like to do SOME driving in cooler temperatures, the Dunlop is not the answer. Consider Bridgestone or Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

I've had these tires on my 2013 WRX Hatch for the last 500 miles and they've already seen all 4 seasons being that I live in New York. Although they're meant to be summer tires they've exceeded my expectations in the cold and wet. Not once have I felt like I'm not in control of the car wet or dry. I mostly use my car to commute approx. 40 miles highway round-trip and the road noise is minimal. On the weekends I definitely do some spirited driving around the local twisties and these tires keep me confident in the corners.

Overall, great traction in wet, dry, cold conditions, almost no road noise, and the steering response is pretty spot on. I'd definitely recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 600

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 600 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 26,556
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 26,556 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2014

These tires had a better treadlife for being strictly a summer tire. I have had all season tires not last as long. However these tires are prone to cupping. The wet traction was sub par. I dont know how the manufacturer even can say that they evacuate water well. If it rains stay home! These tires will not be good for you nor comfortable even in the lightest rain. This website wont let me rate the tires on sand so I will do it here. I drove on the beach and they are very very good on sand. Believe it or not for sand driving you want a mostly bald tire. I only had 3000 miles on them at the time and they held up very well and even on dirt. Never got the chance to take it in the mud. But judging my the tread pattern I wouldnt want to have them on mud or rock. I may buy this tire again, but not at the price thats being asked for them. Especially when they are not even a runflat and have such poor wet traction. Going to try Michellin or Continental next.