New Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 vs. Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 has been a favorite among our customers in the Performance Winter / Snow category since its introduction. It's currently ranked number one in our customer survey results. While it doesn't quite match the snow and ice traction of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, the Pilot Alpin PA3 is consistently praised for its great snow traction, while maintaining good dry and wet road grip. 

Michelin has entered a new option into the Performance Winter / Snow category this season with the Pilot Alpin PA4. More than a subtle change, the Alpin PA4 features a new, more aggressive tread pattern, which should lead to improved snow and ice traction compared to its predecessor (Alpin PA3). 

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4


In the photo above, you can see the Pilot Alpin PA4's more radically swept-in asymmetric tread pattern. It features more biting edges and additional sipes. Michelin's high-density Stabiligrip 3D sipe technology and wrap-around shoulder designs enhance acceleration, braking and handling. All of these elements come together to also increase snow and ice traction over the already highly rated Pilot Alpin PA3. 

Snow platform indicators (the equivalent of "snow wear bars") are molded into the Pilot Alpin PA4's tread grooves to inform the driver when ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tire's tread reaches the point where the remaining tread depth becomes less effective in deep snow. Pilot Alpin PA4 winter radials meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

To see if Michelin's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is made for your application, simply shop by vehicle.

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