Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Cinturato

I purchased these tires with steel rims for my recently purchased Fiesta ST. Due to purchasing the car in late November, I knew I had limited time with the Summer only tires from the factory. I saw these and thought I would give them a try. My impressions as of late are that these are great winter tires, even for the winter driving enthusiast. On the dry...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

I simply cannot say enough good things about this tire. It has performed above and beyond in everything I've pitted it against and after over 10,000 miles, they still look brand new.They're smooth and quiet and have great traction. I regularly drive 80mph or more in my Bronco and they're stable and smooth and I never feel any lack of traction around tight...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

South Western VA Can see some crazy weather..not as bad as other places but these mountains are unpredictable. we honestly Never know what's gonna happen, so that's why I use snow tires..I purchased these tires in 2015. We had regular snows in January, up until Jonas, and another big snow in February. After taking them off for summer, we had a crazy snow...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

I drive a 2012 Audi S4 and the tires given to me from the dealership I originally bought the car from were Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position All Seasons. Those tires were very noisy while driving had decent grip in dry and wet conditions but were AWFUL in the snow. I repeat AWFUL in the snow one slight tap on the brakes in light snow and you were skidding...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TerrainContact A/T

2k update from Prescott..have had tires for 1 month now and have about 2k miles on tires. About a 50 city/45 highway/5 off road split. Tires continue to perform well. I can comment on highway performance now after a couple of ski trips and a trip to Las Vegas. I would say the tires are a bit louder than the OEM tires but not annoyingly so. It is almost like...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

This is a great tire in the dry for a snow tire. Unfortunately, it is not such a great snow tire. Right after they were installed, I really couldn't tell I had snow tires on. Very good dry road handling, and quiet as well. My first snow experience was disappointing, however. I really wanted a stud less snow tire--not a performance snow tire. Unfortunately,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Recently finished a ~1000 mile roadtrip through the Sierras during winter. These tires EAT UP snow. With these on my WRX, I lost traction (on accident) all of a couple times over the course of the trip. With basic sense (no HARD acceleration/cornering), you won't have any problems whatsoever.Ice traction isn't the best, but you need studded tires or...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Great snow and ice tires. I purchased 4 of these tires in anticipation of a permanent move to the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY where snow, icy road conditions and subzero winter temperatures are the norm. The tires are very quiet in comparison to the standard cheaper studded snow tires. I have driven my front wheel drive vehicle on ice and in snow 6...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I was originally hesitant about a studies snow tire. I've used studded snow tires where I live in the Adirondacks for 30 years. They have gotten me to and from ski races in snow storms, to the ski area on snow days (I was a school teacher), and up and down a steep and sometimes icy driveway. We bought a small van this fall and I was looking for snow tires...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

I put this on a newer escape with some 6.5 inch wide rims so I would have some protection of the rims from the tires. I live a mile up a dirt road and destroyed my all seasons in one summer with punctures so I had to move to something more aggressive. This gave me a lift of over an inch, and a little bit of width.The ride is exceptional for AT tires, and at...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Installed on a 2007 Edge with AWD later in the 2015 season and had balancing issues. Ran them as I needed to have them on due to a storm. During the 2015 season, about 1,000 miles went on the tires. In the 2016, I took them back to my installer due to the shimmy that was present in the steering wheel. They road force balanced the tires and found road force...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Great snow tires! I used this set for 3 winters here in Colorado and then left them on for the summer of 2016. After 32,000 miles they still had 5/32 tread depth. I just took them off to install a new set of DMV-2s. Great traction in all conditions. My wife and I took an ice driving lesson on one of the frozen lakes near us last winter and the instructors...  Read More

Ready or Not Winter 2017 is Coming

Last winter definitely started out slowly, but eventually January came round and winter got serious. Are you living in the snowbelt and wondering how bad the winter of 2017 is going to be? Nobody really knows, but we do know it's coming. Do you need to run winter / snow tires? If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should...  Read More

What are the Differences in Winter / Snow Tire Categories

As you begin to shop for winter / snow tires this year, you may discover there are different classifications of winter tires available. So the question is: "Which one works best for me?" General AltiMAX Arctic Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Studdable Winter / Snow Offering a traditional winter compound and tread design, these tires meet severe...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

I live in the mountains of Colorado at 8000ft. I drive over Berthoud Pass (11000ft) about 400 one way trips a year (I work in Denver). We don't (typically) have snow in June, July and August (that sticks), and the pass averages 390 inches of snow a year. These tires are bomb proof, but like anything, they don't make up for foolish choices. It'd be great if...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Have these tires on a dedicated 17inch steel wheel. Did not notice any difference in ride from the OEM 20 inch on Goodyears. Noise is a little louder than a all season tire due to having them studded at 0-30mph. Anything over 30mph and you cant hear the studs anymore. Tires do exceptionally well in deep snow. Pulled out a mini cooper in 20inches of fresh...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

These tires are excellent. I generally run Blizzaks, but we were not planning to keep this car so I wanted something cheaper to get through the winter. These tires were about $150 less for the set 16 car tires, which is a pretty substantial discount. I can say after a season of good snowfall that these tires perform as well as Blizzaks and I will purchase...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I had used studded snows on the wifes Prius, but did not want the extra noise that they made on my car. I use this car 2 to 4 days a week on a nearly 150 mile parts delivery route. I was shocked at how well they do in bad weather. They are NOT as good as studded snows, but better than any snows I have ever had...almost as good as studded, but without the...  Read More

General’s AltiMAX Arctic Has Marched to the Top and Never Left

The General AltiMAX Arctic has been at the top of our Studdable Winter / Snow performance category consumer ratings and reviews for quite some time. With high rankings in deep and light snow traction, ride comfort and treadwear, it’s easy to see why. AltiMAX Arctic tires are pinned to accept optional TSMI #12 silver-colored metallic winter studs, however...  Read More

To Stud or Not to Stud

Yes, I ran a 5K in Lincoln Park (Chicago) on January 1st and it was freezing! My stupidity wasn't running in the cold but in forgetting my running shoe "studs" at my cousin's apartment. I managed to beat the young buck but I would have been a lot faster with my studs. When it comes to winter shoes for our vehicles, we do have choices between running studded...  Read More