Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic LT

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic LT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.45
 
 

2011 Ram 1500 SLT 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Albans, VT
Driving Condition: Average

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

I was unhappy with the performance of my very expensive OEM all-season tires that came with the truck. When I was due for tires it so happened winter was around the corner. I decided to go with a dedicated winter tire and chose these based on reviews and price. After over 1000 miles I can say they are a great tire! I got my tires studded and they handle ice and deep snow very well. Being that I have a pickup with no weights in the bed, the tires still do slip on takeoff when the road surface is slick. However, they do bite in after and provide great traction. Amazing traction at highway speeds on treacherous roads too!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

1993 Volvo 2 Series Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sandusky, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

I purchased these tires for my RWD Volvo wagon which already handled great in the snow to increase my winter driving confidence. I also based my purchase off the Tire Rack winter tire video summary and some YouTube videos. After driving our family Minivan in the winter, the difference between all season and snow tires in night and day for me. I would like to just quickly list the things I like about the tires:

Never stuck in deep snow.
Good acceleration.
Stable at highway speeds in snow.
Sidewall is appealing.
Studdable.

Now I did not stud these tires because we rarely deal with ice in Northern Ohio. Most roads are plowed before the snow gets packed down and/or turns to ice.
I never feel like I will get stuck parking in deep snow which is what I see most struggle with in the winter.
I can accelerate off from intersections at normal speeds like I would if the roads were dry which is a plus. No endless tire spin unless I lead foot it.
I also love the fact I can drive at highway speeds with snow cover because of the stability. I have good control and never feel like the car will spin out from under me.

I do have little issues with this tire that are expected if you don't have constant snow cover in your area. This tire is very soft in warmer weather and dry roads. Therefore the steering is mushy and the car seems to sway more on dry roads with hard turning input. The snow handling benefits far outweigh this little issue, but expect less steering response on dry roads.

BOTTOM LINE: Get this tire if you are looking for more confidence driving in the winter. You can still drive just as slow as you did with your all season tires, but you won't have to do so in fear!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

Purchased a set for my GT since the stock dunlops are a piece of crap during winter.
All I can say is WOW. We have been hit with a lot of snow since last month and all I can say is that I have TOTAL CONFIDENCE in these tires and made my driving a heck of a lot easier.

Dry Traction is good. Noise level is waay quiet compared to the stock dunlops which when traveling at high speeds sound like you are being chased by an ambulance.
Wet Traction is very good.
Freezing rain/ice traction is superb. My tires are not studded (which would help traction during these conditions) but it performed waay better than I expected.

Light snow traction is outstanding.
Deep snow traction is outstanding as well. I was very lazy on shoveling my driveway so it left a very deep chunk of snow which I had no problem getting in and out of. My other car has the continental dws which got stuck entering our driveway :)

Overall, I am very happy with these tires. Save your money and buy these instead of the blizzaks!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.88
 
 

1990 Volvo 780 Coupe
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Location: West Boylston, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

If you are a fan of the Gislaved Nordfrost tire, but you either can't find them or they are too expensive, look no further. This IS the Nordfrost III tire as cast with the General Tire brand.

Anyone who knows about the Volvo 780 Bertoné knows it is a fair weather car. But with these tires (studded) I am fully confident again in winter driving. These replaced my Toyo snow tires which had horrible damp/moist road traction. More than one I had sever oversteer in cornering with VERY light throttle. With these Generals, the exact same corner with similar or even wetter conditions held up much better.

I had these studded and to be honest with the windows open at slow speeds, it sounds like one is driving on a gravel road. But the satisfaction of mounting a crest with a RWD vehicle while others even with AWD are foundering makes me feel like I made the right choice.

I chose studded tires as part of my daily commute includes an area prone to black ice that does not get salted as it adjoins a watershed. The Toyos were "okay" with their "walnut embedded grit" but the studded tires are superior.

Best of all, in stopping these actually allow my older ABS system to function even in snow. Cornering performance is also much improved. It's all good that you can "go" in snow, but stopping and avoiding is just as important. Something many people tend to forget when deciding what tires to choose for snow. IMO, All-Season tires are *NOT* adequate replacements for snow tires.

Note to those interested in studding. They are noisy. If you are sensitive to road noise, or do not live in a salt restricted area with a lot of frozen run-off, you probably don't need to stud the tires. BUT, they do make a difference in emergency stopping.

Another note, if these are using the same tread compound as Nordfrost tires, you really need to stop using them if temperatures are averaging above 40-50° otherwise they can wear out faster than expected.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2003 Toyota Corolla LE
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Location: Concord, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

Got a set of these for my corolla and had em studded. I absolutely LOVE driving in the snow with them !!!!! My wife thinks I am crazy !!!! I feel more confident driving with these tires than driving a all wheel drive vehicle. 65 mph on the freeway, no problem !!!! Start and stop on a dime even in ice!!!!! The noise from the studs takes awhile to get used to but it is worth the tradeoff. I will Never drive in the winter without them!!!!! Get them studded and have some FUN !!!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.67
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Average


Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Decent snow performance. I'm not sure what to make of the people who seem to claim that they have little to no slippage in snow with the tire. Don't expect miracles. I did and I'm a little disappointed.

In deep snow, the tires are good enough to clear the snow out of the way. I don't fear getting stuck in 4 inches of snow like I did on all-seasons. I don't hesitate to park in the curb lane in 4+ inches of slushy snow. In lighter snow, it's very good. Good acceleration, braking, and cornering. Still some slippage but it's minimal. On packed snow or ice, the wheels slip a decent amount but it's predictable. Braking, especially, seems much better than all-seasons.

With these tires, the behavior--especially on packed snow--is very much more sensitive to driver inputs. Any braking or acceleration during any kind of cornering can cause the car to lose traction. I even experience lift-off oversteer on occasion (not used to that in a FWD car). It takes some getting used to trusting the tire to grip and braking when you might want to.

Tires are much quieter than I expected (not studded). They have a lot of flex when new--there's a noticeable delay between turning the wheel and turning.

Break-in period is FOR REAL! It snowed the day I had them installed and then multiple times in the first couple of weeks. The performance was worse than my bad all-seasons were for the first couple of snow storms. They slowly improved over the first 500-750 miles. At (a little over) 1000 miles on them, they don't seem to be improving any more.

Overall, they're better than all season tires, no doubt. This is my first set of winter tires. I'm glad I got them and they're a good price. I'll probably try out a different winter tire next time to see if other tires perform better.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2005 BMW X3 3.0I
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Linden, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

These tire are studdded, always run studs. About my 10th set of snow tires. This is a review relative to other studded snow tires, not all seasons or summer performance. Traction on ice, snow and slush is absolute under extremes of grade and angle on mountain roads. Also the best on muddy lanes, logging roads and fields, really good in mud, thou the BMW x3 doesn't have the ground clearance for serious off roading. It is also the most comfortable tire. The trade off is tread flex, doesn't hold a tight corner when driven hard, have to drive dry tight turns like a normal person. Have had better dry cornering winter treads, but I like the superior bad condition traction of this tire more.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2013 Ford Mustang Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2014

Purchased these from Tire Rack with studs after trying and not liking a set of Blizzaks last winter. FAR superior on ice, especially steering and braking, quieter at speed despite the studs, and much much better steering response than the Blizzaks. Quiet once above parking lot speeds, but can hear the clicking of the studs on dry pavement if the windows are down.

They aren't great in deep snow, or maybe my Mustang isn't once the snow gets above the bottom of the bumper, but on hard pack and ice they can't be beat. So long as I live in Alaska, I'll never go without studded tires in winter again. As a bonus, these seem to be wearing extremely well so it'll be a couple years before I have to think about buying another set!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.8
 
 

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Coeymans Hollow, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Tire Rack Team set me up with a great "Winter Wheel & Tire Package" for my car... These Altimax Artic's are a great set of tires. These studded tires (on all four wheels) preform as well as Nokian's best and they are quieter. I have used Nokian tires for years... These Altimax Artic's provide great handling in light or heavy snow and during icy road conditions. You will not be disappointed with these tires or Tire Rack's service. -- Steve

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Bloomfield, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

I bought these tires in 2012 I had them studded. I live in the country and have never misses work. They do great on my 05 Mustang Gt I had all 4 studded and I drive 50 miles back and forth to work every day. They do great in ice covered roads. As long as the snow is not past the bumper it dose great. Every one I work with can't believe that I drive a mustang in the winter if it wasn't for the tires I couldn't. With good all season tires in snow u can put it in first and not even give it gas and the tires will spin, but not with the snow tires. Not sure how they would be without studs but they are amazing with. This is the second season and are wearing well for studded snow tires. I have always been able to go on any road that I needed to. Great price

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2012 Nissan Quest
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Kennebunk, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 12, 2014

Fantastic winter tire (we did not stud the tire) and changed our Quest from being unbearable in snow and ice to being a tank. The dry performance and noise is typical of a winter tire in that the tire is louder and not quite as responsive but that's expected. I would buy these again for any vehicle I own.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,300
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,300 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I purchased this car with OEM Bridgestone summer hi-per tires that were worn out, it was very noisy inside, rough/hard ride, and it tramlined on pavement changes. The seller warned me not to begin winter on these tires. I researched Tire Rack and this new design had the properties I was looking for. I was a little worried as I read some owner feedback about sluggish turn-in and don't expect a summer UHP tire's performance. After putting a set of 4 on the STI, I couldn't be happier! My car was transformed, dramatic lowering of cabin noise, my wife now wants to go in the STI now, vs "it's too loud to talk" from before. Just the quiet cabin would have been plenty, but now the comfort level is also much improved. The car no longer transmits every pebble, bump, imperfection to the driver, now it smooths over the small things, and lessens the pothole impacts. I no longer increase grip pressure on the steering wheel when I encounter a seam in the road, the tires don't tramline and sail over joint in the road without diverting their line. The Hankook's have been great in rain, slush, and 4" of snow, traction and stopping are first rate. They aren't much help on ice, but only a studded tire will help on ice? I am extremely satisfied with the Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires, they have made my STI a joy to drive in everyday use.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2000 Dodge Stratus
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Erie, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2008

Installed a set of four w/o studs. The following day we received a lake effect snowstorm with up to 12" of wet snow in places. Tires worked perfectly even on roads that hadn't been plowed. Since then, I've gone through two additional significant snowfalls with no problems at all. The tire noise on dry roads is not at all bad, about what I had before on Firestone FR380 all season radials. Dealer set inflation pressures higher than other tires, I have 39 lbs. in mine at present. Traction on ice is very good, even w/o the optional studs. I recommend these tires and would definitely buy them again.

Pirelli Makes Some of the Best Winter Tires for 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Pirelli doesn't just make performance tires like the P Zero line, they also produce world class winter / snow tires for a range of vehicles from small cars and high performance sports cars to large SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles. So, whether you need affordable studded snow tires for your Honda Civic, performance snow tires for your BMW 3 Series or tires for the family's SUV for ski trips, Pirelli has you covered!

 Pirelli Winter Carving
Pirelli Winter Carving
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter
 Pirelli Winter SottoZero 3
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3


The Pirelli Winter Carving is a Studdable Winter / Snow tire made in a variety of sizes for those looking for a traditional studdable snow tire. With or without studs, the Winter Carving represents a great value in a traditional studdable winter tire. Note, that while studded tires are not the quietest tires, they do offer great snow and ice traction. To learn more about about using studded tires, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is an outstanding choice for crossovers, trucks and SUVs. It features an Ecoimpact icon branded on the sidewall to highlight the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air and low noise. The tire is designed to deliver low temperature wintertime driving performance by combining predictable handling on dry and wet roads with traction in snow and on ice.

Drivers looking for a high performance winter tire that will provide some winter traction for better dry road grip and steering response should consider the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3. The tire was developed with the philosophy that winter tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions.

All three tires feature aggressive, directional tread patterns for great water and snow/slush evacuation. Looking for winter aftermarket alloy wheels or steel wheels to mount your winter tires on? Check out "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack" for some great options.

Best Winter Tires 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Colin .

As we enter into the winter months, it's important to have tires that will give you the best traction possible. The following tires should be considered by drivers who experience harsh winter weather and travel on snow- and ice-covered roads.  

Bridgestone

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is still one of the best winter / snow tires on the market. It rates highly in ice traction against other leading winter tires and also provides excellent snow traction. Bridgestone also offers a similar tire marketed toward trucks, sport utility vehicles and crossovers, named the Blizzak DM-V1.

Blizzak DM-V1 tires use Bridgestone's Multicell Z compound featuring microscopic bubbles and tubes to absorb the thin film of water that forms as tires run over packed snow and ice, while micro bite particles contribute to the edge effect that improves grip on packed snow and icy surfaces. It also incorporates advanced 3D Wash Board Z Sipe technology that increases both block stiffness for handling in the dry and increases the biting edge effect on frozen surfaces.

Michelin

Michelin's leading winter tire is the X-Ice Xi3. This Studless Ice & Snow tire was developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, family vans and small crossover vehicles that are looking for ice and snow traction along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wet wintry conditions. It also meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance and confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. The X-Ice Xi3 is designed to take on ice and snow while providing lasting winter performance.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Dunlop Winter Maxx


Dunlop

Dunlop is offering a new tire this year with the release of the Winter Maxx. We tested the tire on ice and it performed well. After comparing the tire against the Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, we determined the tire matched with the best tires on ice. 

The Winter Maxx's Digital Rolling Simulation technology helps optimize tread pattern stiffness to enhance footprint pressure distribution for improved grip. Snow platform indicators are molded into the Winter Maxx tread grooves to inform the driver when beneficial ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tread wears away. Winter Maxx tires also are designed to increase confidence in cool and cold driving conditions as they enhance traction in slush, snow and on ice.

General

The AltiMAX Arctic has been around for many years and is still one of our popular sellers. We have tested the tire studded and unstudded and it delivers excellent wintertime traction in the snow and on ice. For its price, it's a great value for many drivers.

To view all winter options available for your car, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.2
 
 

2005 Pontiac Vibe
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Location: Sturbridge, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
November 16, 2013

I ordered these tires on line knowing that the tires were studdable , but came already studded and they are extremely loud without any snow cover on the ground. I am not happy with the fact that I have to live with the noise or have the studs taken out

 

Best Winter / Snow Tires for a BMW 335i

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Colin .

Just like any vehicle, a BMW 335i will really benefit from running winter tires during the colder months. Even if you own the all-wheel drive model, a winter tire will help you steer and stop with confidence in snow and on ice. The most popular winter tires we offer to BMW customers come from Bridgestone, Michelin and Dunlop. Offerings in this category for the 335i are divided into two performance categories.


Performance Winter / Snow

Tires in this category will keep a lot of the handling you enjoy from your 335i but still provide very good winter traction. The main disadvantage to performance winter tires is that they won't have the same level of ice and snow traction as Studless Ice & Winter tires. If you live in an area that doesn't see large amounts of snow and ice or where the roads are normally plowed, this may be the best category for you.  

Studless Ice & Snow

Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for drivers who want to maximize snow and ice traction without using winter tire studs (if you're interested in studded tires, check out tires in the Studdable Winter / Snow category). These tires will maximize your snow and ice traction by trading in some handling in dry and wet conditions. Some models exhibit this more than others, but none of them offer the precise steering response and cornering stability as a Performance Winter / Snow tire.

Purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package will give you the convenience of switching your tires on your own and ability to downsize your wheels and tires. Downsizing often reduces your overall cost and opens up more options in winter tires. Also, narrower tires will give you better winter traction than a wider option, so if you have a staggered wider rear set-up, switching to a square narrower set-up will help.  

For more help selecting the proper winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."