Bridgestone Blizzaks: Still the Best in Winter Conditions?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70For quite some time the Blizzak brand has proven to be one of the best options on ice and in snow. Introduced in 2010, the Blizzak WS70 had big shoes to fill, based on the brand's history. After two winters let's see how it has done in both testing and real world feedback.

When first introduced, we took it over to a local indoor ice rink and did some measured testing against the competitors. This included the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact. The Bridgestone earned top honors in ice acceleration, cornering, braking modulation and handling predictability. It was runner-up in ice steering response and braking which were both aced by the Continental entry. As was fully expected, the WS70 gave a very strong showing on the trickiest surfaces. For complete results to our test, view "Testing Winter Weather Specialists: Studless Ice and Snow Tires."

The cream rises a bit more to the top when looking at the survey data we collect from people driving on the tire. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experiences with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70:

"The best tire for Michigan winters. Simply amazing!." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta

"Best tire for winter driving ever. These have lowered my blood pressure significantly." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Toyota Corolla

"The best I've used in over 40 years of driving." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Honda Accord

You'll see one glowing review after another about how great the tire performs in the worst winter conditions. The reviews above were from people that have exceeded 30,000 miles of driving, which lend some extra weight to their input. 

I also use the WS70 on my vehicle and couldn't be happier. While last winter was a bit disappointing if you love winter weather, we did still experience a few icy mornings. While my neighbors and fellow commuters were slip-sliding away, I was safely and securely moving down the road.

Available in a variety of sizes, shop for winter / snow tires by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is right for your application.

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