Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

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Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Colorado LS Extended Cab
Miles Driven on Tires: 3,000
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Firestone Winterforce UV
Follow-Up Review: 25,000 miles on tires
December 03, 2011
I only put my snows on in the winter so I don't have many miles on them since my first review. Had to put snows on all 4 corners since my Avons were so bad in the snow. Kansas City winter of 2010/2011 the experts were predicting 14 inches of snow for the whole season, well, we got 14 inches in one storm. These tires performed great in deep snow, even going uphill (towards Oklahoma Joes for any KC readers) where AWD vehicles were just sitting spinning their tires. Only other concession is a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete in the bed over the right rear tire.<br><br>Now that I live in Nevada, I can't wait to use them going over Donner Pass this winter to go skiing.
Initial Review: 3,000 miles on tires
January 07, 2009

Bought these tires because the OEM General's were starting to get a little worn but not to the point of needing replacement. Had them installed on Feb 13 and on Feb 14 we got about six inches of snow in Kansas City. Tires honestly worked better than I expected, much less slipping and sliding, even on hard-packed snow. Drove right by half a dozen SUVs in the ditch. All this with no extra weight in the bed. Figured I'd do the same this season (snows in the rear only) but after the first snowfall on my new Avon Rangers I decided I needed to get tires for all 4 corners.

Tread noise is to be expected, after all, these are snow tires, but less than some older snow tires I used to drive with. You give up a bit in dry handling because of the softness of the sidewalls but I'm driving a truck, not a sports car.

Definitely recommend these tires, especially if you can find a spare set of wheels so you don't have to worry about remounting/balancing in the springtime.

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