Goodbye, Michelin Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X. Hello, Michelin Defender.

Are you happy with your set of Michelin Harmony or Michelin HydroEdge with Green X tires? Ready for another set but having trouble finding your size? Don't worry, the Michelin Man has got your back. He's been hard at work making some good tires even better. After many hours of engineering and testing, it's time to say hello to the new Michelin Defender.

The Defender combines the strengths of the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X into a single tire. The Harmony's greatest strength was above-average snow traction for its category. The HydroEdge with Green X excelled in low rolling resistance, wet grip, hydroplaning resistance and dry handling. Both of the Defender's predecessors wore well, especially the HydroEdge with Green X. The Defender maintains the HydroEdge's 6 years /90,000 miles warranty and carries an 820 treadwear rating compared to the HydroEdge's 800.*

Michelin has taken these strengths and improved on the rolling resistance and lowered the tread noise. Michelin's testing shows lower rolling resistance (17% compared to the HydroEdge with Green X) for better fuel economy. The new non-directional tread design yields 10% less tread noise relative to the HydroEdge and allows you to rotate them in an "X" pattern, promoting the even wear that's critical to maintaining low tread noise.

To gain a better understanding of Michelin's environmentally friendly tire options, read "Michelin Green X."

*H- and T-speed rated sizes have a 90,000 mileage wear warranty, while V-speed rated tires have an 80,000 mile warranty.


Sunday, August 31, 2014 by Francis Duschl

I had a set of HydroEdge tires on our 2006 Chrysler T&C and only got 42,000 mi from them.All the edges of all 4 tires had almost no tread left (not from underinflation, I had to carry 42 psi to TRY to get them to wear flat across once I noticed the too fast wear on the edges, to no avail). Michelin only gave me 35% credit as the wear they stated was irregular. I am trying the new defender and certainly hope for a much better success rate than the H.Edge. They were only on the minivan for 4 years so their claim of 6 years,90,000 mi. hasn't impressed me to this point.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by cy

Thanks for your input. With over 3.1 million miles of Consumer Survey Feedback, consumers have rated the Defender 8.8 out of 10 on treadwear, see:

so from a big picture standpoint, the Defender wears well. See additional Reviews here:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Stuart Sorrow

I have a new set of Michalin Defenders. Don't see a directional arrow but the tires have the word Inside on the tire

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