Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part 1

While you're enjoying your time out on the beach, playing golf and taking rides with the top down, this is probably not the best time to remind you that winter really isn't that far away. If you live in an area that gets any real accumulation of snow, a set of dedicated winter/snow tires is highly recommended. Many of us will hope for a reasonably mild winter and good road conditions, but one thing to remember is that you can hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The difference a good set of winter tires can make can't be overstated. When looking for tires to handle the toughest winter conditions, take a look at the following options:

Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Bridgestone has been at the forefront of winter tire technology for years, and the WS80 continues that tradition with exceptional acceleration, braking and cornering grip. Without too much hyperbole, the confidence this tire inspires on poorly or unplowed roads is amazing. In short, if you want the safest option with the best winter traction, the WS80 is for you. To view our most recent testing of the WS80, check out "Finding Which is Best When Winter Weather is at its Worst."


Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Michelin X-Ice Xi3


Michelin X-Ice Xi3

A very close second, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 provides very good deep snow and ice traction. Although a step behind in overall winter traction, the Xi3 handles more like an all-season tire on dry roads and tends to have a little better longevity than some other tires in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. For more information on the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, read "Finding Which is Best When Winter Weather is at its Worst."

Both of these options are available in a wide variety of sizes and provide snow and ice traction beyond what the best all-season tire can offer. Shop by vehicle to see if the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3 are available for your application.  

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