Do I Need Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, there are two main winter tire performance categories for you to consider, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver the best ice and snow grip in the industry. Intended to be a friendlier alternative to studded solutions, we like to say they make driving in snow feel like driving in the rain. Through advanced physical chemistry research and development, plus computer optimized tread patterns, studded tire ice traction is achieved without the noise and road damage associated with studs.

Performance Winter / Snow tires are for those that live on the edge of the snowbelt. These tires offer more of a focus on cold weather driving in wet and dry, as well as more responsive. Originally designed for winter driving on European highways where high-speed driving on clear roads must be combined with traction on snow-covered roads, this category can be an ideal solution for drivers willing to trade some snow and ice traction for enhanced dry road handling.

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are not as popular as Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires, but are a solution for some. Designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction, they can also be used without studs for enhanced deep snow traction and driving on slush-covered roads. Because studded tires damage road surfaces, many states restrict them to wintertime use or prohibit them entirely. Check with your local authorities to confirm legality.

General Altimax Arctic - studdable winter
General AltiMAX Arctic
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 - Studless Ice and Snow
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
Bridgestone Blizzak LM32 - Performance Winter
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32


Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire options available for your application.

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