Sneak Peek of New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Since the original Bridgestone Blizzak tire was introduced in 1993, Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These tires actually outperform traditional studded tires without the drawbacks of using metal studs.    

Rather than rest on their laurels, Bridgestone has continually improved each successive generation of their flagship winter tire. Snow and ice traction is job number one when designing a winter tire and Bridgestone has pushed the envelope even further with increased snow and ice traction with the new Blizzak WS80 which replaces the Blizzak WS70. This tire features redesigned zig-zag sipes and new tread compound that increases traction on ice.  

Speaking of ice, I recently had the opportunity to drive on the new Blizzak WS80 on ice at a local ice rink for testing against some other top winter tires including the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. The WS80 delivered results with outstanding ice traction in braking, acceleration and cornering. Stay tuned for complete test results in the near future.  

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

Bridgestone Blizzak tires aren't just made for cars. If you have a light truck, SUV or crossover, be sure to check out the Blizzak DM-V1. I use this tire on my family crossover vehicle and you can read about my experience with it by checking out, "Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs."


Monday, September 15, 2014 by Brian Hall

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Gary


The Blizzak WS80 is a studless design that has exceeded the winter traction of traditional studded tires.
Sunday, January 17, 2016 by Taka

We have a 2012 Honda Odyssey.
Would you conside WS80 or DM-V1?
Monday, January 18, 2016 by Gary


For areas with deeper snow and/or frequent loose snow and slushy conditions, I'd lean towards the DM-V1 orDM-V2. If your winter driving involves more packed snow and ice and/or better maintained freeway drives, then the WS-80 would be a slightly better choice.

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