Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2014 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Grove City, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

This is my first set of General Tires. The General AltiMAX RT43 replaced the OEM Yokohama Geolanders that came on the Forester. They Geolanders were not a good all season tire. I did not feel safe on snow and ice even with the all wheel drive.

I had the General tires installed on a snowy day and it was really an impulse buy because of the lack of traction I was getting that day. What a great surprise it was when these tires really showed how well they are suited for this type of weather. So far, I have driven them in snow, deep fresh snow and ice and they have handled flawlessly. I have also driven them in dry and wet weather. No hard rain yet. They handle very well in those situations as well. They are very quiet and comfortable at freeway speeds. They do not flatspot as bad as the Yokohama tires did when they sit over night in the cold. Overall, I am very very happy with this purchase. I have had Michelin Primacy MXM4, MXV4 and Latitude Tours on different vehicles over the last couple of years. These tires are half the price and handle the different elements better than any of those did! I will post an update when these get some more miles on them. Hopefully they will hold up to the stated 75k miles warranty. I would highly recommend this tire! General Tire has a new fan!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Whistler, BC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2013

Took chance on putting this on the Forester. Probably not the obvious choice but wanted to see how the mileage might be improved. These are exceptionally quiet smooth running tires, I don't think I've had better for this attribute. But, this does come at a reduction in responsiveness in handling, nothing terminal, just a bit floaty feeling compared to the Yokohama Geolanders that came with it. The big bonus is surprisingly improved fuel mileage. Pre Ecopia's the Forester would get about 300 miles per tank, with the Ecopias it was common to get about 380 miles per tank. I confirmed this repeatedly this past summer on numerous trips. Then when I put the winter Michelin X-Ice2's on the mileage returned to around the 260-300 mile range per tank. Yes, I will buy more Ecopia tires, but hope that Bridgestone uses the technology on higher performance tires in the near future.

Which Yokohama Family Suits You Best?

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Yokohama tires were introduced to the United States in 1969, but have been produced since 1917. Personally, I've been using their products since 1998. There are three basic families of Yokohama tires: ADVAN, AVID and Geolanders.

ADVAN

The ADVAN line was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 and has been widely popular and successful in the performance world. Their newest member is the ADVAN Neova AD08 R which resides in the Extreme Performance Summer class. The AD08 R combines excellent dry traction with impressive wet traction for that warm weather driver who demands fast and fun driving.

AVID

AVID tires stand tall with the AVID ENVigor and AVID Ascend. The AVID ENVigor combines the feel and handling of a sport tire with a touch of all-season capability. It works very well for performance based drivers who require four season traction. A new tire to the AVID family, the Ascend, combines long treadwear, low rolling resistance and all-season traction for those who place more emphasis on ride comfort and treadwear.

Geolandar

Finally, Geolandar tires fulfill the needs of light truck and SUV owners. The Geolandar H/T-S G051 has been widely popular and affordable since its debut in 2002. It appeals to the light duty pick-up truck and SUV owner looking for a more comfortable ride, handling and year-round traction.


Yokohama ADVAN Neova
AD08 R

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ENVigor

Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S
G051


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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

2000 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,325
Location: Brodhead, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,325 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2013

I used to drive the Dalton hyway in Alaska in the 80's and bought a used Suburban from BP. It had Bridgestones that had a close resemblence to these Geolanders. I wanted to get some wet grass miles, some wet and dry snow miles, icey, wet roads, heavy rain, mud and some hyway miles on them before I rated them. I see some of these guys write reviews on tires before the stickers are worn off the treads. These are much quiter than the Goodyear Wranglers that were on this truck when I inherited it after my mother passed away. My dad has been buying 4x4's since 1967 and this was his last before passing away 7 years ago so this 2000 Silverado 4x4 had less than 45k on it when I got it but there were two of the twelve year old Wranglers with broken belts.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T D840

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T D840Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.15

2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Montclair, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2013

I've had two sets of these tires on my 2WD Tundra and I am not pleased with their wet traction nor their snow/ice traction. Back tires spin from dead stops when raining and I have fish tailed on multiple occasions with light snow on the ground. Thankfully the front tires kept their grip in these situations. I guess this can be expected from a pickup truck with light back end, but I have to assume some of it is due to the tires based on the poor wet traction. Why did I buy a second set of these tires you may ask? Well, the first set lasted a long time and they were priced well. I have decided to go with the Yokohama Geolander A/T this time around so we'll see how they compare. I will try to remember and update this review once I have had a chance to see how the new tires perform. I would not recommend these tires, at least not for a 2WD pickup truck.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.83

2012 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Redlands, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 26, 2013

Had five different sets of Yok Geolanders on three different Toyota RAV's, and I was generally satisfied with the overall performance/price of Yokohama tires. Decided to try a set of Prada Spec X's this time around. These tires are still relatively new, so haven't had a chance to run them in a variety of conditions, but so far I have a very favorable impression, based on ride comfort, low noise, and handling. Will update review when I have more miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone WinterforceReviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2000 Saab 9-5 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Syracuse, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2012

I currently own two vehicles and did some tire testing tonight with both vehicles so I could write a proper review. The car I bought the Winterforce tires for(Size: 195/65R15) is a 2000 Saab 9-5 wagon. It's front wheel drive with traction control and ABS. The other vehicle is a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 with 31 inch Yokohama Geolander AT-S tires. We have about 6 inches of snow and it's still falling. The roads are very slick right now with a nice packed layer of snow on them. Plus there is a large unplowed parking lot across the street. The Pathfinder in 2 wheel drive didn't fair so well in the traction department. I was pushing both vehicles to their limits and the rear wheel drive had me sliding and spinning out fairly easily on both the road and especially in the parking lot. With the truck in 4wheel drive it did really well but I was still able to pitch the truck sideways at will and set it into a nice controlled slide. The Geolanders are great in the snow but mine have quite a few hard miles on them. As for the Saab, the Winterforce tires have about 400 miles on them. When I got into the car I didn't have high hopes due to the way my truck was handling. To my surprise the Saab easily out performed my truck even with it in 4wheel drive!!!! On the slick road and in the unplowed parking lot it really took quite a bit of effort to shake it loose. Granted the traction control is playing a major role in this. When I turn it off I can easily spin the tires but it still never really felt out of control. Plus it's a manual transmission car so popping the clutch in the snow will spin any tire on the market. Even under braking the tires did awesome. I can't complain at all. They do what they were made to do very well. As for dry handling. Some are saying they make their cars feel out of control. I don't know what they are talking about. They handle really well for a specialty snow tire being used on a dry road. Even at 70mph they feel fine. They do make noise though.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052

Monday, January 7, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55

2005 Porsche Cayenne S
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Miles driven on tires: 49,000
Location: Danville, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 49,000 Miles on Tires
December 06, 2012

I have a 2005 Porsche Cayenne S that came with Pirelli Scorpion's. They wore out in less than 20k miles so I replaced with the Yoko Geolander. Of course the tire shop guys said I shouldn't run a Cayenne S with this tire. Don't listen to it. I am a huge fan. Very quiet, the wear is outstanding and there is absolutely no squealing while cornering. I even like the sidewall styling. I guess buyers should keep in mind that the Cayenne's cabin is very well insulated, and the automatic air suspension and all wheel drive would probably make any tire great. However, I am very happy with the treadwear, and I'll be replacing the existing set with the exact same tire in 2 days.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus AS RH07

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus AS RH07Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11

1999 Dodge Dakota 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
December 19, 2012

I purchased these tires solely based on experience from the Tire Rack and their expert advice and experience and I must say I'm throughly impressed with Hankook and the Ventus AS my previous tires were Yokohama Geolanders and I was able to squeeze 65,000 miles from them... Hankook tracks straight and is a very quiet riding tire, I've experienced light snow and rain and they seem on par with the Yokohama's in that respect on downfall is these tires don't have the bite the Yokohama's did but as for Noise and Ride they are hands down a great tire for the money.. and price did help me a little bit in my decision. But overall a good tire for the coin... I'd recommend either of the two mentioned tires to anyone. I'll update as I get more adjusted to these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2011 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Boston, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 16, 2012

After over 15 years of exclusively 4WD vehicles we finally added a FWD family sedan. As we bought the car in the fall, I used Tire Rack's database to check the winter-worthiness of our OEM tires. The red and yellow winter ratings made me decide that we needed a second set of wheels with Winter tires mounted, just like I used to do with my sports cars in the 80's (Conti Contacts back then). I am absolutely amazed that winter tire technology has advanced this far! I would say our FWD car with the Michelin X-Ice XI2's equal the snow traction of our 4WD with All Season/Highway tires (Yokohama Geolander HT/S) and EXCEEDS our 4WD in lateral roadholding AND braking, which I guess is what they're designed for. I'm so impressed that I will even consider outfitting my 4WD vehicles with Winter tires from now on. Except for ground clearance in very deep snow, you almost don't need an SUV anymore for on road winter driving. I'm equally amazed at how compliant the tires are on dry roads and how quiet they are on the highway. Last year about this time when I had these tires and wheels mounted for the first time, I was astounded how they were immediately more comfortable and grippier than the stock tires in the cold. I did minus 1 rim size and two sizes down in width, 215/55-17 to 205/65-16. The sales pitch is that winter tires give you an advantage in every condition below 45 degrees F, which seemed like a bold claim. After 1 winter, I'm convinced. Just mounted them yesterday for winter #2. Nice job Michelin and GREAT job Tire Rack for assembling the data, surveys and tests that convinced me. The way I figure it, if these tires save me even one accident, they pay for themselves. Toward the end of last winter a woman in a mini van spun out in front of me on a four lane divided 40mph road. She instantly was a spinning top across both lanes of the curve. I just came to a quick controlled stop on the curve and put my flashers on to alert other drivers. All Paid for.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5

2005 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab With TPMS
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Miles driven on tires: 28,100
Location: Janesville, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,100 Miles on Tires
November 07, 2012

Replaced Dunlop OEM tires at 50651 miles in Nov. 2007. Bought the Geolanders because reviews said that the ride, traction, handling, and tire wear were excellent. I have not had that experience. My Tacoma spins the tires most of the time I get heavy footed on a start and every time I accelerate quickly on wet pavement and snow. The ride and noise level have not been any better than the Dunlops. The most discouraging finding has been wear. The tread on all four of my tires is between 2/32 and 4/32 and I have only put 28200 miles on these tires. I will see how they perform this winter. I may have to replace them before I get to 35K.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2005 Nissan Xterra S 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Athens, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2009

Just put a set of the Yokahama Geolander HTs on my 2005 Xterra a few days back. It has been raining since I bought them. I am glad I got them because the Factory BFG Longtrail TA's were pretty much bald at 61800. So far the Yokahamas are quieter and ride smoother but I cant remember when the BFG's were new. I am still pretty sure the Yokahamas would be quieter even compare to new BFGs. I will let you know more as the miles build.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Monday, September 17, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2005 Nissan Xterra S 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Athens, GA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
September 10, 2012

I put these on about 2 weeks ago and so far so good. The low down is they are rougher than my previous Yokohama Geolander HTS's but just as quiet on the highway. I think they will be smoother as they wear. They look beefier. I like that. I have only had a little light rain since I got them so I dont know yet but I hear they are good in water. I am looking forward to giving you more info as I put some miles on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Beale AFB, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2008

Just bought these tires for my 2004 4Runner. I previously had on a set of Nitto Terra Grapplers. These Geolanders are more quiet, handle FAR better, and are a much more comfortable ride. We only have 100 miles on them but I am already impressed. These tires just feel more responsive in general as far as acceleration, braking, and handling. Will update at about the 10k mile mark to see how these Geolanders measure up.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 PlusReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.09

1999 Subaru Forester S
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Miles driven on tires: 44,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 44,000 Miles on Tires
September 01, 2012

My second set of Energy MXV4 Plus tires for this car. Both sets delivered ~40K mi. Factory tires were Yokohama Geolander, which were terrible (<20K mi). The Forester is made for NW weather and the Michelins complement this vehicle nicely. Taking into account we are talking about a small cross-over SUV, handling is stable and sure-footed in wet and dry weather. Highway driving (70+ mph) is confident and noise is OK (much better than the Yokohamas). Light snow and icy conditions are not a problem either. I have NEVER been stuck with this vehicle. A set of cable chains on the front are all that are needed for deep (~1ft+) snow. I'm not sure the chains are needed - I live on a hill and just don't want to risk having to install them after getting stuck. I am not sure you can find these tires anymore but based on ratings, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is probably a better / lower cost choice than the Energy MXV4 S8.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP100

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP100Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38

2006 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Whistler, BC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2012

The first thing I noticed with the Ecopia EP100 was how quiet they were. One of the quietest tires I've owned. I rate the ride comfort very high. I haven't noticed any negative handling problems over the original Yokohama Geolanders. Typically the Forester would get about 300 miles per tank with the original tires and similar with the winter Michelin X-Ice2's. I just did a long drive with three fills where I average over 400 miles per tank with the EP100's. This worked out to close to 33 mpg. This is nearly two mpg than my 'best ever'. Bridgestone has advertised that the tires will pay for themselves over their life and this does appear to be true. I would strongly recommend the Ecopia to anyone looking to get substantially improved mileage as well as a quiet comfortable ride, from a Forester or similar.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Sugarcreek, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
July 28, 2012

My Tahoe has 220,000 miles on it so I have been through a few sets of tires. I kept having problems with the sidewalls breaking down after about 10 to 20 thousand miles, the tires would look like they were low on pressure but were not. My local mechanic recommended the Yokohama Geolander AT/S LT245/75R16 120/116R 10PR. The first thing I noticed was the increased in ride comfort. Great tire I will be putting these on my Tahoe again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Sugarcreek, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2012

My Tahoe has 220,000 miles on it so I have been through a few sets of tires. I kept having problems with the sidewalls breaking down after about 10 to 20 thousand miles, the tires would look like they were low on pressure but were not. My local mechanic recommended the Yokohama Geolander AT/S LT245/75R16 120/116R 10PR. The first thing I noticed was the increased in ride comfort. Great tire I will be putting these on my Tahoe again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29
 
 

2011 Kia Sorento
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2012

Replaced a set of Yokohama Geolanders that wore well and were great in Maine snow but very noisy and cut mileage about 2mpg. While not perfect these Michelins are much quieter and mileage has improved. No snow here in Florida so I cannot comment on that. (I kept the Yokohamas in case I ever moved back north.) Time will tell how they hold up. The Yokohamas with 20,000 miles still looked brand new.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36

2007 Dodge Nitro SXT
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Bensalem, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 15, 2012

I had been through 2 sets of Goodyears on my Nitro by 80,000 miles. They were expensive and should have been replaced at 30,000 miles, but I pushed them to their limit. They were decent for about 18,000 miles, then they became real susceptible to hydroplaning and had a real hard time in any type of wet weather. These are the tires I am comparing the Geolanders to.
So far, with these Geolanders, I cannot say enough good things about them. They literally seem to stick to the ground when its wet. I am able to take corners and accelerate without spinning the tires in any weather. We also use my Nitro to launch our boat, and at low tide, the boat ramp is a slimey, algae covered mess and these tires do not slip at all. Costing me much less then the Goodyears and making my daily commute much safer is pretty impressive. I've also read that they last longer and since I rotate them alot, I am planning to get the most out of them. I will surely buy another set, one day.