Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Well it's that time of year again. Football is back, the leaves will be changing colors soon and snow is just around the corner. Drivers should start thinking about their tires and how they're going to safely navigate their vehicle through winter's elements.

Last season our friends at Michelin introduced the X-Ice Xi3. It proved to be one of our top performers in the Studless Ice & Snow category and will help you handle snow- and ice-covered roads. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound provides firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance packed snow and ice traction. It's molded into a directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush to improve hydroplaning resistance.

Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 has been providing great wintertime traction to drivers over the past few seasons. This tire features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. The Tube Multicell compound features thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the compound that wick away the water that often forms between the tire's contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads.

If you prefer a Studdable Winter / Snow tire, the General AltiMAX Arctic is a great option to consider. AltiMAX Arctic tires use General Tire's All-Weather Dual Tread compound to enhance cold weather flexibility and wet traction. Alternating rows of optional metal studs can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard packed snow and icy roads.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic


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