Performance Winter / Snow Tires vs. Studless Ice and Snow Tires

Winter Testing on an Ice RinkOne of the most frequent questions I answer has to do with the differences between Performance Winter / Snow tires and Studless Ice and Snow tires. The differences are quite simple. While both types of tires will give you superior traction on snow and ice in comparison to all-season tires, Performance Winter / Snow tires provide greater handling and steering response on wet and dry roads during the winter. These are unsually H- and V-rated tires designed for those states right at the edge of the snow belt and for drivers who want to maintain the sporty aspects of their high-end sedans and coupes and don't mind giving up some snow grip to achieve that. Some examples of those tires include the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3.

On the other hand, Studless Ice and Snow tires provide unsurpassed traction on snow and ice -- even in deep snow -- giving you the confidence you need to face the road when conditions are the worst. Due to the nature of the rubber compound utilized in these types of tires, drivers should be aware that they tend to be a little more sluggish than their Performance Winter / Snow counterparts. The best examples of Studless Ice and Snow tires are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2.

Winter season is upon us; so check out our great line of winter / snow tires here.

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