Differences Between the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and WS80

After a few very popular years, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 has been discontinued and now makes way for the updated Blizzak WS80. The WS70 was always well liked for its traction on ice and packed snow and is considered by many to be one of the most pure Studless Ice & Snow tires on the market. While its strong performance on ice and snow was tough to dispute, the tire was never known for dry road performance.

As inventory begins to filter into stock, we are seeing a new WS80 that has a slightly less directional pattern, but over 20% more sipes and blocking edges than the previous generation. While many tires in higher profile sizes will retain a T-speed rating, many sizes will feature an H-speed rating that will correlate to better on-center feel and responsiveness.

Given the severity of the last winter season, we will begin our ice rink testing slightly earlier than normal and will have a full report detailing stop and start distances in the coming weeks.

While it is too early to jump to full conclusions, I would expect this tire to meet or exceed the grip levels set forth by the WS70 and improve slightly in other areas. Shop by vehicle to see if the WS80 is available for your application.


Sunday, December 7, 2014 by syd

Can I use ws70's and 80's on the same car
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com

WS80's can be matched in pairs as long as the new tires are installed on the rear of the vehicle.
Sunday, January 4, 2015 by Jane


My 2005 Rav4 2 wheel drive currently has 4 225/65R-17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires. The front left tire is popped. Since the WS70 has been discontinued, can i replace the front tire with a WS-80 225/65R17 102H tire? The rear of my car door indicates that the tire i need is 101H.

Thank you,

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by marshall@tireack.com

While four matching tires is always preferred, it is ok to match 2 new WS80 tires as long as they are installed on the same axle set. We do not recommend mixing just one tire.
Friday, November 20, 2015 by Isaac

2016 Santa Fe AWD. Have a used pair of WS-70 (10/32nds) & new pair of WS-80. Should the 80's be on the front or rear?
Friday, November 20, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Isaac, On all wheel drive vehicles you would want to match both tread patterns and depths in order to prevent damage over time to the all-wheel drive system. This being said, if you have to mix tires, the newer generation WS-80 should go on the rear of the vehicle. -- sonny@tirerack.com

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