Get the Most Life Out of Your Studdable Winter / Snow Tires

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are used by many who experience harsher than average winters in far north climates or higher altitudes. Introduced in the 1960s, studs help enhance winter traction on ice-covered roads. They chip the icy surface through vehicle weight and centrifugal forces while driving. Studs consist of two primary parts. A tungsten carbide...  Read More

New Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

It's that time of year again. Winter is on the way and there are several new winter / snow tires for the 2013-14 season. Bridgestone's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is the Blizzak LM-32. This tire will be replacing the popular Blizzak LM-60 and features a different tread design that should provide better grip in the winter elements. Another...  Read More

Studless Ice & Snow or Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: Which is Best for You?

In recent years, Studless Ice & Snow tires have improved greatly. Aggressive tires from this category, such as the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 lead the pack for drivers looking for maximum traction without metal studs. Studless Ice & Snow tires feature soft compounds, deep aggressive tread patterns and lots of tread void for the...  Read More

Best Light Truck and SUV Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

This season one of the best winter / snow tires for light trucks and SUVs is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. It debuted last season and proved to be a solid performer. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound offers firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance...  Read More

What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, you'll choose an option from one of three performance categories. Studdable Winter / Snow - Tires in this category are designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction. Drivers can run these tires without the studs and they tend to be a very good snow...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Well it's that time of year again. Football is back, the leaves will be changing colors soon and snow is just around the corner. Drivers should start thinking about their tires and how they're going to safely navigate their vehicle through winter's elements. Last season our friends at Michelin introduced the X-Ice Xi3. It proved to be one of our top...  Read More

Which Winter / Snow Tire is Best for You?

As much as we don't like to admit it, summer is ending and snow is just around the corner. When it comes to winter driving, traction is key and it starts with your tires. Even those vehicles with four-wheel drive, ABS or traction control still rely on their tires for maximum traction. By design, all-season tires trade a little dry and wet road traction in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Tires are used on 2002 (manual trans) and now 2003 (automatic) Honda CRV AWD, these tires are a very cost effective, albeit somewhat noisy, way to get winter traction in snow and slippy conditions. Moderately aggressive tread pattern, durable, softish compound still wears much better than I expected (4th winter now still in very good shape especially...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

This is the 2nd set of tires I have had on my truck. At first I had a set of Nexen street tires on the beast. The winter of 2010-11 had me replace those things fast.The wife and I are powder hounds and therefore need a tire that performs well in ice and snow. This is where this tire really just delivers. I can't tell you how many storms I have driven through...  Read More

General AltiMAX Arctic: A Cost-Effective and Capable Winter / Snow Tire

Having a lower price point than many winter / snow tires, some customers question the effectiveness of the General AltiMAX Arctic. This tire is perhaps not as soft as certain Studless Ice & Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3, and it may give up a small amount of ice traction. However, this Studdable Winter / Snow tire has...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: With or Without Studs?

I am occasionally asked if drivers can run studdable winter tires, such as the Firestone Winterforce and the General AltiMAX Arctic, without the studs. The answer is yes, however if you're planning on using the studs check with your local authorities as there are restrictions and even bans in many states. We did some testing a few years back that helps...  Read More

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.            ...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: General AltiMAX Arctic and Firestone Winterforce

While most of the new developments in winter / snow tire technology are in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category, studdable snow tires remain a solid option for winter driving. Studdable winter tires tend to have a little longer treadlife than their studless counterparts, and are often some of the best-priced options in a given size. The combination...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categories are: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and Performance Winter / Snow.Studless Ice & Snow tires give you optimum ice and packed snow grip, but are less...  Read More

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires are Available at Tire Rack

Slick snow- and ice-covered roads are inevitable in the winter, but you can be prepared to handle anything with a Studdable Winter / Snow tire. These tires can be used with or without studs. Without studs, a Studdable Winter / Snow tire will handle light and deep snow with ease due to a vast amount of siping and a dedicated cold weather rubber compound.  The...  Read More

What Performance Category of Winter / Snow Tire Do I Need?

As you begin to shop for winter / snow tires this year, you may discover there are different types available. Which leads to the obvious question: "Which one will work best for me?" General AltiMAX Arctic - Studdable Winter/Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 - Studless Ice & Snow Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 - Performance Winter/Snow Studdable Winter / Snow Tires in this...  Read More

Studded Winter / Snow Tires: General AltiMAX Arctic

With winter upon us, now is a great time to buy a set of winter / snow tires!  Most drivers tend to use Studless Ice and Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tires. However, we carry a selection of Studdable Winter / Snow tires for those who are after a traditional studded snow tire set-up. While their name would suggest tires in this performance category can...  Read More

Speed Rating: More Than Just Speed?

Here is a question I recently received in one of the BMW forums I moderate: "Speed rating is just about speed, right? I bought Continental ExtremeWinterContact 225/45-17 tires and I can't believe how they messed up my handling. My previous set of Vredestein winter tires were much better for the general handling. These tires are incredibly flexible, way too soft....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

This is my second set of Winterforce tires since 2004, which at that time weren't even branded as Firestone. I prefer studdable snows over the studless as I feel the studless are a waste of $. I have used many types of Winter tires dating back to the '90s, with some being a repeat purchase.In any event, these are decent tires that I would place...  Read More

Fit for a Fit: General AltiMAX Arctic

This past New Year's weekend, my wife and I took a trip to spend time with some friends about 45 miles from our home. We expected food, fun and festivities, however what we got was an unexpected 4" of snow and freezing mist on the plowed roads.Thankfully, we put a set of General AltiMAX Arctic winter / snow tires on her Honda Fit a couple of months ago when...  Read More