How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Often times, people associate Sumitomo as a generic tire. In reality, quite the opposite is true! Did you know that Sumitomo is the Japanese subsidiary of Dunlop and traces its beginnings back to 1909? In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which they agreed to manufacture tires for each other as well. Sumitomo produces many different types of world-class, affordable tires.  

I've personally had very good experience with the Sumitomo line on my own vehicles. I used the Max Performance Summer Sumitomo HTR Z III tire on my BMW M3. The reason I chose the tire was because of how it performed against other value-priced Max Performance Summer tires.   
 

 Sumitomo HTRZ III
Sumitomo HTR Z III
 Sumitomo Touring LS T
Sumitomo Touring LS T


If you don't have a sports car or need high performance tires, keep in mind that Sumitomo also makes all-season options with long treadwear ratings. If this is more the type of tire you're looking for, take a look at their Touring LS T and HTR A/S P01.  

If you're looking for a great tire at a great price, be sure to take a look at the options available from Sumitomo.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1998 BMW M3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Great tire so far. I plan on putting these on my M Roadster as soon as the current tires wear out on it. I am hooked on these. Great tire for the price.

These have good dry and wet weather traction. Noise has been minimal for a high performance tire. So far I have found no down side to these.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

Just took off a set of Pirelli Ice and Snow, which I ran year round with about 40k miles on the tires.. I run snow tires year round and have had success with the Pirelli's and feel the Dunlop's should be equally successful as the Pirelli's. So far, the Dunlop's offer better ice/snow traction, ride and steering response than the Pirelli's.. However, they are louder than the Pirelli's, but with the other benefits, I wouldn't go back.. If you have a RRS and live in the "snow belt", run these Dunlop's or the Pirelli's year round.. You will be impressed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Wendell, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

I love these tires so much, I'm about to purchase my 3rd set. They're a perfect match for a midsized "family" sedan and spirited driving.

They enhanced the handling, cornering, and steering response of the OEM tires but still provide an impressively smooth and quiet ride. Wet and dry tractions is terrific. On empty country back roads I can push the car aggressively around corners and the tires will hang on. Though the car's suspension plays a role, these tires won't abruptly "hop" around corners if you hit a bump mid turn. They stay planted and when they do break away, they break smoothly with plenty of warning so you can get the rear end in check. Fuel mileage has not taken a noticeable hit with these more aggressive tires. On 5 hour+ highway trips, they're quiet, smooth with no impact harshness over expansion joints and road irregularities. With 5,000 mile rotations and keeping PSI around +3PSI factory setting, they have worn perfectly evenly on all four corners.

The only downside is that I can only get about 30,000 - 35,000 miles out of them despite the 50,000 mile tread life warranty. Around 30,000 wet traction begins to decrease noticeably. While OK in a straight line on wet highways, sudden/hard turns will make the handling squirrelly. But they're still OK to drive and not bad considering 75% of the tread and the top sipes and grooves are worn. With the down pours we get here on occasion, I would rather have fresh tread so I’ll replace them soon. Fortunately they're reasonably priced and a much better value compared to similar tires. Would I put these on an M3 or Mustang? No. But a Mazda 6, Accord, Optima, Camry SE, etc... most definitely a great match.

 

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 Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.11
 
 

1995 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
December 11, 2013

Compared to the other Dunlop, Bridgestone, Hankook and current Continental ExtremeWinterContacts I've used on various RWD sports cars, these are without a doubt the worst winter tire I've purchased in the last 15 years.

They're completely adequate in snow and I don't have any complaints. I might go so far as to call them pretty darn good.

The problem is that on cold (<40F), wet pavement they have no grip and are completely unpredictable. If you've driven a pure high-performance summer tire on cold wet pavement, these feel even less secure. Worse, once the car starts to slide, it really doesn't want to stop. In three weeks I've had more "OH SPIT!" moments than in my past 5 years of driving combined.

My Miata on these things makes my more-than-twice-as-powerful M3 on Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires feel like a Subaru. On wet pavement, it's gone from a car that can be tossed and caught ad infinitum to a total widow-maker that starts to squirm around even under normal driving.

In short: good in the snow, remarkably horrible in the wet. Better than an all-season, I'm sure, but there are MUCH better tires for the money.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe Competition Package
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 9,500 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

Use these as my street tires, in 255/35R19 front and 275/30R19 rear, mounted on a set of Volk TE37SL wheels (19x9.5" & 19x11") on my extensively modified M3. For reference, track tires are usually PS Cups, or Nitto/Hoosier R-comps.

First off, these are the ONLY Street Tires I have run on this car that aren't immediately overpowered by the brakes, which are StopTech Trophy 6P/4P 380mm/355mm 2pc that I use for competition. Braking distance is better with these than anything else that is daily driveable, and in the wet I have more traction than I would have ever thought possible especially from these widths!

With a quite stiff race suspension, these tires have improved ride quality and decreased noise, with no perceptible change in NVH since new.

Control is phenomenal, with very good feedback and they are very communicative as to their limits, while allowing throttle on oversteer but being perfectly easy to reign back in.

Since going with these for my M3, I have also swapped to them on my GT3 RS and they're every bit as good there.

Another benefit is that they weigh in at about 2.5lbs less than other comparable tires, and in my pursuit of decreasing drivetrain loss as much as absolutely possible, the extra 10lbs of unsprung weight combined with the 28lb from the wheels is immense.

11/10.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2008 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Jaffrey, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2014

I recently switched from my Kumho summer tires to my Blizzaks on my 2008 BMW M3. I could not be more impressed by the performance of these tires! It took my m3 from a helpless baby to what could be mistaken as an AWD to unknowing spectators. Takes on steep, snowy driveways like nobodies business. Thoroughly enjoy having my parking spot at the TOP of the driveway back again. Also, with these tires this car is unbelievably fun to whip nuts in parking lots with! People think I'm crazy for driving my car in the winter, but with the fun these tires let me have I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you Bridgestone, you truly improved my winter by 100%.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71
 
 

2006 BMW M3 Coupe
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

After approx. 5,000 miles have noted that this tire is very good in the dry and excellent in the wet. Have driven on a lot of tires in the rain, but these are some of the best. No hydroplane and car handles nearly as we'll as in the dry. Would definitely recommend.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I was a skeptic about snow tires, and with a Range Rover you have a "snow mode" that can be activated. However, the street truck tires proved to be dismal in 8" of snow we've had in the Northeast. Yet I remained indifferent to snow tires with the presumption that they were incapable of 60mph+ and were too noisy at highway speeds. Then whilst in Germany I rented a BMW X3 SUV fitted with Dunlop M3 snowtires in mid-summer. Wow, that changed everything. 70 mph cruises was dead silent even though the SUV was a diesel fitted with snow tires. And I easily hit 130 mph on stretches of the Autobahn whereby legally permitted, never losing confidence at all. In mountain/urban areas the SUV gripped like a sports car and I averaged 80 mph on country roads. That's when I thought I should replace street tires with snow tires... and I'm glad I did. Nothing much has changed in dynamics, and you can anticipate blizzards or even dry summer pavement. Don't be foolish like I was and invest in snow tires. They really are a quintessential component of winter safety.

 

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Are you in the blue? Then it's time to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle. In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. There are three winter performance categories: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.

Studless Ice & Snow

Tires from this category give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less responsive on dry roads. The tires trade a little handling for excellent ice and snow traction. On dry roads, your vehicle will not respond as crisply or quickly to steering inputs. Studless Ice & Snow tires are available in higher profile sizes and include the following:

If you go with a Studless Ice & Snow tire, you should consider going with a narrower tire as it cuts through deeper snow better. This is especially true for a lighter car like the MINI Cooper.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires can be run studded or unstudded. When studded, they'll give good ice and packed snow grip, but will be less responsive on dry roads. When unstudded, they'll perform well in moderate and deep snow. It's important to note that the use of studded tires may be prohibited or restricted in your area, be sure to check with local authorities to confirm legality. If you're looking for the traditional security of winter tire studs for enhanced traction on ice, consider the following Studdable Winter / Snow options:

The AltiMAX Arctic is slightly better on ice and packed snow and quieter than the the Winterforce. Winterforce tires will provide more effectiveness in deeper snow.

Performance Winter / Snow

These tires will exhibit the above dry road deficiencies to a much lesser degree. If your vehicle came with summer performance tires, the Performance Winter / Snow tires will be more comparable in steering response, acceleration, grip, braking and cornering grip. They will give up some ice and packed snow grip. Tires in this category will wear slightly better compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires, especially during the early and late winter days when temperatures are a little warmer. All winter / snow tires will have more tread noise and this will vary from tire to tire. Performance Winter / Snow tires do tend to be quieter than the other performance categories.

Available in lower profile sizes, the following Performance Winter / Snow tires are great options:

Is a Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow or a Performance Winter / Snow tire right for your vehicle? It depends on your car, where you live, how you drive on dry roads and how you want to balance the above compromises. For example, my brother lives in Marion, Indiana, which is about an hour northeast of Indianapolis. He got the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Studless Ice & Snow tire in 235/40R18 on Sport Edition A7 wheels for his 2008 BMW M3. He chose this tire because central Indiana is more apt to get ice storms and there's the potential for heavier snow that wouldn't be quickly cleared from the country roads between his offices. He's willing to drive slower on dry roads.

Compare my brother's driving situation with another driver from Louisville with the same car but a heavier foot, he would be better served with the Performance Winter / Snow Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D tires in 235/40R18 front and 255/40R18 rear. Louisville's milder weather allows him to emphasize dry road performance, but still have emergency snow capability.

Let it snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Radcliff, KY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
April 16, 2013

Best tires I've ever put on a car. Went from Hankook rs3 to these and while the hankooks would spin when I launched the RE-11s just dig and dig. Cornering at speeds which would normally kick the rear out the RE-11s once again held. The confidence that my car would do exactly what I told it to in near limit situations was amazing. I'm actually afraid if I buy a different set of street tires other than these I will get overconfident going into a corner and wreck, they just feel that good.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2012 BMW 335i Xdrive
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Entiat, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 22, 2013

My BMW was a 335i X drive but is now a Dinan 3. The HP is now about 360 and the car except for acceleration feels much the same as it did stock. The tires stick very well and the car handles extremely well. My previous car was a M3 which virtually couldn't drive in the wet or --- knows, the snow. In the snow season I have snow tires for it and it drives perfectly well.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4
 
 

1995 BMW M3
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Wichita, KS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

Amazing treadwear, after 10,000 miles, including two driving schools and two autocross days, the tires look great -- D, W, S markings all clearly visible and no chunking of tread blocks. With that wear resistance, the tires do not keep up with sticky rubber on the track, but that's not my objective. Tires are confident on wet asphalt and light snow, very predictable in all conditions.
The car is actually a BMW 318ti, with an M3 engine and front suspension, running staggered tires -- 225/45R17 front and 245/40R17 rear.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR Z III

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR Z III Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1999 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2013

It's a nice economical tire. This is my second set for this car. The rears wear out before the fronts, but that's because of the car, not the tire. When these go I will buy them again if available.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2004 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Fargo, ND
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 21, 2013

Installed these all-season rated 225/45 fronts and 245/40 rears and the overall handling of our M3 is excellent. Had previously used Pirelli P Zero summers but wanted to extend the driving season. The RE970AS's are a great choice and highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2003 BMW 330xi Sedan Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

This is a very nice tire. I use a performance winter tire for 5 months each year so this tire is on my car about 60% of the year. It has lasted 3 seasons now and comfortably has another season remaining judging by the remaining tread depth. It is quiet and grippy at 7 tenths driving. I have full confidence in this tire at any speed and feel it is great value for the price as well as offering performance that exceeds my requirements. Is there a better tire out there for extremely aggressive driving? Well, maybe but you will likely pay more and experience quicker tread wear and less comfort. For most BMW owners this tire will not disappoint. M3 owners who need to tear up every piece of road they find themselves on? They are a fussy type of driver who might find something to complain about. This is a very under-rated tire and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2011 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ponce Inlet, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

Compared to the OEM tires on the car (Continental Sport Contact 3), the grip is far superior both dry and wet. Huge improvement in off the line traction. Hoping the wear will be equally improved.
David, Ponce Inlet, FL

 

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

Monday, March 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2002 BMW M3 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bowie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2013

Wonderful all- season tire. Tires grip well in most conditions. It is possible to spin rear tires on wet pavement, but I expect that when at near full throttle in second gear. Tires not showing any wear, only on car 4000 miles. I am looking forward to tram time at Summit Point this summer. Tires are good value.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.20
 
 

2013 BMW M3 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Dresher, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2013

Some feedback I had heard suggesting that these tires were not the best "true" snow tires gave me pause but I am so happy I chose these. Where I live in PA, winter is typically a few moderate snow storms but most of the time, the roads are clear, often clean, but cold. These tires are actually very performance oriented and give me great confidence on clean but cold roads. Certainly not the same experience as pushing high performance summers on a warm roads from a grip or cornering stability perspective but I was very surprised at what I can do in the winter on these. That said, these are not amazing in deep snow or ice. In summary - great tire to allow you to enjoy very "spirited" driving in the winter when the roads have cleared and if you need to get around without a problem during those times when you do get a few inches of snow. If you live at the top of a mountain and get 100 inches of snow through the winter look elsewhere. For me, these are perfect.