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

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2010 Honda Accord Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: North Plainfield, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

The winters in Jersey are hit or miss. And usually I have to commute to work before the plows are out.

These tires have completely removed all anxiety from driving in the snow. A lot of the time I gotta check myself from driving too fast because these tires make you feel invincible. The difference between the Generals and my "all season" tires is night and day.

Nothing better than passing a 4wd SUV or truck spinning their tires, going nowhere.
The only issue I noticed is a lot of road noise when its dry out. But for the few months out of the year they are on the car its really a non-issue.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.85
 
 

1999 Mazda B3000 SE Cab Plus 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Wayne, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
December 18, 2013

I've got 8000 miles on these tires and just got through 3x back to back winter storms in New Jersey (avg. 6 - 10 inches snow) and these tires are AMAZING! I've got a 2wd truck without a locking differential so this should be the worse in the snow. With these tires I don't even realize I'm in slippery snow! I can get moving without any issues, stopping is pretty good (still have to be cautious as it is still snow...) and I never got stuck even on 30 degree inclines with 4+ inches of snow. Road noise is minimal on the highway and so far tread wear is great. Love these tires!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6
 
 

2014 Dodge Challenger
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I gave the tire an 8 for comfort due to "flat-spotting" on cold mornings. Tire feels like a truck tire for the first few miles in cold weather. Otherwise, absolutely silent on the road and very smooth. Traction in rain and snow is superb. I drive a Dodge Challenger and I come from the 4x4 world. This is my first car in 12 years. So honestly I didn't expect it to do well in snow at all being a rear wheel drive car. But these Michelin Pilot tires have really surprised me. We are currently in the middle of one of our worst winters in my lifetime and I haven't been stuck once yet. This morning other front wheel drive cars and two wheel drive trucks couldn't get out of my neighborhood. My rear-drive Challenger made it out. Completely the opposite of what you'd expect. I think these tires are fantastic in snow and ice. They have really made me a believer. They are also very good in the rain. I've never spun the tires or felt the car beginning to hydroplane. Honestly, these tires are really great in all conditions. I'm not a Michelin fan because they are usually overpriced but these things are great. Quiet, fuel efficient, and very good in snow and ice so far. Hopefully they wear well as the years pass.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2004 Nissan Titan King Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 68,000
Location: Jenks, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 68,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

This is by far the best tire I have ever owned, and it's not even close.

The ride is smooth and quiet. The traction is amazing, on both dry and wet roads. These tires cut through water and all but eliminate hydroplaning. When I need to use 4WD at job sites to get through mud, I have few problems for a road tire.

In snow and ice, no problem. Winter traction is fantastic. One morning I was the first vehicle on the road with 16" of snow, and with 4WD these tires plowed right through it.

I love these tires. I'm at 68k with rotations every 5-6k miles, and will get 5k more before it's time to replace them. Over 70k miles in a full size truck is great.

I'm getting these tires installed on my wife's Jeep Commander tomorrow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2001 Ford Ranger Super Cab 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 02, 2014

Replaced a set of Dunlop "truck tread" style tires with these all season Firestone tires and have been very happy with improved ride, reduced noise, and most supprisingly with improved winter traction. Used to run in 4wd any time we got over an inch or so of snow as tires would just spin even with a few hundred pounds of weight in box, and added weight just made stopping even worse as back end would try to pass you.
With Firestones have only used 4wd once during a reasonalbly heavy snow fall - 8+ inches and once I got to main highway was able to go back to 2wd.

 

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: 8.09
 
 

2003 Lincoln Town Car
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Racine, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

We just drove back from Murfressboro TN to Wisconsin Sunday 05Jan14 on I-65 through 245 miles of blizzard conditions, 6-8 inches, white out conditions at times, and these tires saved us. Literally dozens of all types of cars, trucks, 18 wheelers, etc all ove the sides of the road, squads included. These tires allowed us to drive up unplowed off ramps to rest stops that were not plowed, and motor right back on the highway past vehicles stuck on the on ramps. Great sense of control and confidence, although speeds were restricted from 25MPH to 40 MPH due to conditions. We had to get back to Wisconsin that Sunday, or risk driving the following Monday in -15 below real temp weather in the morning; we made it home late, but made it home due to having installed these tires. As of this morning, 07Jan14, 65 miles of I-65 were still closed. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

1997 Dodge Dakota 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 26, 2007

While Maryland isnt exactly the snowbelt, Im actually from NY, and my girlfriend (its her truck) is from Idaho. Were driving out to her hometown this fall and Ill be staying there probably through November, then driving back East. Since I do heavy construction, and construction sites are often muddy and difficult, combined with the snow in upstate NY, we wanted good AT tires on the truck. So far these are performing excellent, with phenomenal dry traction and good mud traction. I drove ambulances for a living, for fourteen years in NYC, so I have a great appreciation for tires that grip the road. These AT2s are doing a great job so far and I expect them to handle the coming Northern Idaho winter travel with ease.



About the only negative Ive found with these tires, so far, is that my gas mileage dropped quite a bit. I had been getting about 18 mpg highway and I now seem to be getting about 15.5, even with inflation pressures on the hard side. Well see if that changes any as the tires get broken in.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.85
 
 

2004 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Ext
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Hershey, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

I bought these before going through a major snow storm in New York and they handled great! Went everywhere in 2wd. The next winter had about 6-7" "which was less in NY storm" of snow and handled great but had to use 4wd, due to the fast tread wear. Did not like the tread wear and cupping on steer tires. Rotate every 5k miles and still got cupping. My alignment is SPOT, SPOT on with in .01 degrees on and all new steering parts before install. I myself am a mechanic for a living and made sure that was all done. Had to adjust rear tire and front tire pressure every rotation to get even wear and try to mitigate the wear issues.

These tires did okay in the mountains and were okay in the mud/wet dirt roads. I do get A LOT A LOT of spinning on wet roads and turns after/during rain conditions. Did not like the longevity of the tires, seemed to be too short for what people were saying they got. Would not recommend these tires for someone looking for a long lasting tire on a truck.

Hope this review helps.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Venture
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Thomasville, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2013

so far rain and dry roads are all i have tryed these on but for the 1st time in 10 years i have owned this van now i see why tire rack tells you to run all 4 snow tires,i always use 2 on the front and thats it but today on wet roads i was pushing the snow tires around turns on wet roads to see how far i could push them and my back end came around on me 2 times.This has never happened before and i have tryed 2 other snow tires before these and none has held the wet roads like this,i cant beilve it so i just bought 2 more for the rear,now i need snow and when i get some i will update.I had snow and ice yesterday but i hade no reason to go out.When i was younger every winter when it snowed i would find a empty lot and play in it and slid my car around this in turn would show me how far i could go,i never had a wreck that was my faught and i think alot was because i always knew how far i could push myself and my car/truck
P.S. the other snow tires i tryed 1 was cheapper and the other was much more but like i said no snow yet

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Smyrna, DE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

Wow, with 215,000 miles on the truck I have bought my fair share of tire, but these take the cake. In the summers I surf fish and find these tires (although not rated) as superior in sand. In the winters we routinely travel to upstate NY and VT and while we have only been once this year and only had them in deep snow and ice 3 or 4 times this year, WOW they are great!! Traction is awesome, hardly need 4wd but when enabled I don't think anything can get these tires spinning. NO complaints, perfect tires, I have owned the factory Pirelli's and Bridgestone Duelers they cant compare to the performance of these tires. If you are on the fence, BUY them. About ready to purchase same set, different size, for my 08 Outback.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 13,800
Location: Anchorage, AK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,800 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Straight line tracking is a bit imprecise, but that could be the truck. Usable on ice and packed snow, but you have to be careful and take your time. These are not winter tires, IMO, but will get you by if you must. Did some towing and city driving in snow and on ice last winter and don't recommend them for that. Otherwise, they're pretty good, but a bit overpriced. Wearing well after nearly 14K. Ride comfort is dependent upon load in this truck, and most of my driving has been unloaded; the ride is a bit harsh considering that, but is expected. No off-road use to date, no comment or rating for that.

 

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.

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Elmwood Park, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2013

I was a skeptic about snow tires, and with a Range Rover you have a "snow mode" that can be activated. However, the street truck tires proved to be dismal in 8" of snow we've had in the Northeast. Yet I remained indifferent to snow tires with the presumption that they were incapable of 60mph+ and were too noisy at highway speeds. Then whilst in Germany I rented a BMW X3 SUV fitted with Dunlop M3 snowtires in mid-summer. Wow, that changed everything. 70 mph cruises was dead silent even though the SUV was a diesel fitted with snow tires. And I easily hit 130 mph on stretches of the Autobahn whereby legally permitted, never losing confidence at all. In mountain/urban areas the SUV gripped like a sports car and I averaged 80 mph on country roads. That's when I thought I should replace street tires with snow tires... and I'm glad I did. Nothing much has changed in dynamics, and you can anticipate blizzards or even dry summer pavement. Don't be foolish like I was and invest in snow tires. They really are a quintessential component of winter safety.

 

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Owners of crossover vehicles, small SUVs and even full size cars with large outside diameter tire fitments often call to ask which one of Bridgestone's popular winter / snow tires would work best for their vehicle. For many applications, there may be only one of Bridgestone's Studless Ice & Snow tires offered in a given size, however there are certainly exceptions.

For example, if you own a newer model Honda CRV which employs the use of 225/65R17 tires, you'll find two models of Blizzak tires that are suitable for your SUV. While you could purchase either and be very well suited, there are differences between them.


Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is designed for lighter vehicles such as small and mid-sized cars and features an extremely soft compound designed to give these vehicles every traction advantage available. The tire is also T-speed rated to provide a more responsive steering feel at speed and retain a more acceptable degree of stability when being pushed into corners. Make no mistake, T-speed rated tires will not set dry track records, however most drivers appreciate the responsiveness they offer when compared to Q-,R- and S-speed rated options.

In contrast, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is designed for SUVs and light trucks and may wear slightly better than the WS70 when used on a heavier vehicle. The larger tread blocks and slightly less directional design will also more closely resemble that of a "truck" tire. The most negative trait of the DM-V1 is its relatively low R-speed rating. Aside from having a lower top speed of 106 mph, the DM-V1 will not handle as sharply as the T-speed rated WS70. Both make an excellent winter tire option that can handle the snow and ice winter throws at you.

To further research these two tires, take a look at our Tire Survey Results.

Incredible Pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Snow Tire

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

For a limited time, we're able to offer extremely low pricing on the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI in the select size of 225/70R16. Priced at $67 per tire, or $268 plus shipping for a set of four, this tire will move fast as we head into the busy winter months. 

This Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow tire offers a large amount of biting edges, while its symmetric tread pattern features an optimized sip. It was developed for the drivers of crossovers, SUVs and light-duty pickup trucks looking for the ability to get where they need to go in the worst wintry weather. Winter Slalom KSI tires provide traction that's ready to handle winter's cold, wet, slushy, snowy and icy roads.

Featuring a unique micro-pore rubber compound mix that provides a grip mechanism to generate traction on ice and snow, the tire doesn't compromise much in terms of wet grip. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts on top of a polyester casing, while BFGoodrich's ETEC System (Equal Tension Containment) of spirally wrapped nylon provides a consistent footprint and maximizes tread area contact to enhance winter driving control.

When the Winter Slalom KSI is approximately 50 perfect worn, a winter tread depth indicator molded into the tire's design lets you know the remaining tread depth is reaching the end of its ability to provide beneficial snow traction. It's also recommended that drivers install this tire in sets of four only.

Act now before this tire is gone!

What are the Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013? Find Out Here!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Which are the best winter / snow tires for 2013? The answer will depend on your driving style, model of vehicle and the winter conditions you experience.

Studless Ice & Snow 

Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver maximum snow and ice traction when conditions are the most severe. These tires will give up some dry grip and steering response compared to higher performance winter / snow tires. Their rubber compounds have technology that keeps them soft and pliable even in sub freezing temperatures in order to give you great winter traction. Tires in this performance category have more aggressive tread patterns and often more tread depth to help them bite through the snow. 

They are available for nearly all types of vehicles from small cars like the SmartForTwo, all the way up to full sized SUVs such as the Ford Expedition. Drivers who purchase Studless Ice & Snow tires typically drive in the central to northern regions of the snowbelt or in higher altitudes. Studless Ice & Snow tires are also an excellent choice for new drivers that need extra confidence when driving in wintry conditions. A few top choices in the category for 2013 include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 (for light trucks, crossovers and SUVs).

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
 Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


Performance Winter / Snow 

Performance Winter / Snow tires give up some ultimate snow and ice traction for better dry grip and faster steering response. The tread patterns on these tires aren't quite as aggressive as Studless Ice & Snow tires and often have shallower tread depths which leads to more responsive handling. 

Tires in this performance category are made for a wide variety of vehicles, from performance sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, to larger performance vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne. Drivers who purchase performance snow tires often drive higher performance vehicles, and many drive in areas where snow is less frequent or where snow removal is very good. Despite their bias towards more performance, they still have much better snow and ice traction than an all-season tire. Some top tires in this category include the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
 Dunlop Winter Sport 4D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D


Are you having trouble deciding between Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow tires? Then take a look at "Should I Buy Performance Winter / Snow Tires or Studless Ice & Snow Tires?"

 

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Colin .

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.

Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for those who want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs. Studdable Winter / Snow tires provide basic snow traction and/or the additional security by adding optional winter tire studs to enhance traction on ice.

Bridgestone

The Blizzak WS70 and DM-V1 are ranked highly in the Studless Ice & Snow category and continue to score well in our customer feedback. We've been the largest single source of Blizzak studless winter / snow tires in the United States since their introduction in 1993 and have always been impressed with their traction on ice and in snow.   

Dunlop

Dunlop is replacing their very popular Performance Winter / Snow SP Winter Sport 3D with the SP Winter Sport 4D. The tires were developed for sports cars, coupes and sedans that come from the factory equipped with low profile tires mounted on large diameter alloy wheels. They provide dry, wet and snow-covered road competence by delivering traction throughout winter's cold temperatures. Also, when you purchase a set of four SP Winter Sport 3D or 4D winter tires before the end of the year, you can receive a $60 mail-in rebate. View special offer details here.

Michelin

In the Studless Ice & Snow category, take a look at Michelin's X-Ice Xi3, and if you own a light truck or SUV, consider their Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Both tires provide good ice and snow traction, along with predictable handling in cold, dry and wintry conditions. The X-Ice Xi2 meets Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that contributes to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions from CO2 gases.

View all the brands of winter / snow tires we carry and find the one that's right for your vehicle.