Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

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Vehicle: 1990 Volvo 780 Coupe
Miles Driven on Tires: 400
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
General Altimax Arctic
Initial Review: 400 miles on tires
December 27, 2013

If you are a fan of the Gislaved Nordfrost tire, but you either can't find them or they are too expensive, look no further. This IS the Nordfrost III tire as cast with the General Tire brand.

Anyone who knows about the Volvo 780 Bertoné knows it is a fair weather car. But with these tires (studded) I am fully confident again in winter driving. These replaced my Toyo snow tires which had horrible damp/moist road traction. More than one I had sever oversteer in cornering with VERY light throttle. With these Generals, the exact same corner with similar or even wetter conditions held up much better.

I had these studded and to be honest with the windows open at slow speeds, it sounds like one is driving on a gravel road. But the satisfaction of mounting a crest with a RWD vehicle while others even with AWD are foundering makes me feel like I made the right choice.

I chose studded tires as part of my daily commute includes an area prone to black ice that does not get salted as it adjoins a watershed. The Toyos were okay with their walnut embedded grit but the studded tires are superior.

Best of all, in stopping these actually allow my older ABS system to function even in snow. Cornering performance is also much improved. It's all good that you can go in snow, but stopping and avoiding is just as important. Something many people tend to forget when deciding what tires to choose for snow. IMO, All-Season tires are *NOT* adequate replacements for snow tires.

Note to those interested in studding. They are noisy. If you are sensitive to road noise, or do not live in a salt restricted area with a lot of frozen run-off, you probably don't need to stud the tires. BUT, they do make a difference in emergency stopping.

Another note, if these are using the same tread compound as Nordfrost tires, you really need to stop using them if temperatures are averaging above 40-50° otherwise they can wear out faster than expected.

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