Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

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Vehicle: 2001 Infiniti I30
Miles Driven on Tires: 15
Location: Hartford, WI
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Average
General Altimax Arctic
Follow-Up Review: 16,000 miles on tires
November 10, 2013
So after 2 full seasons with these tires, I can say with confidence that my initial conclusion was spot on. These tires performed superbly. At no time, even after 2 full seasons (including summer), did they start to loose their performance attributes when it really mattered. I can't fathom why anyone would spend so much more money for the likes of a Blizak when these tires, at half the price in some cases, do everything you could ever ask for. I have since bought a new car and my only disappointment is that General doesn't make these in an 18 diameter to fit my new car.<br><br>The sidewall on these tires are a bit soft and in normal conditions, it isn't the best tire to have on your car. It really cuts into the steering responsiveness. But again, this isn't a performance tire and for the job it was made to do, it does it with flying colors. I was also impressed with the tread life. I only have a 2 mile commute to work so I don't put many miles on my car, which is why I just left these on during the summer...I didn't want to pony up the cash and go through the hassle of having a tire shop swap things out twice a year. I was worried the summer driving would wear the tires out enough where I would notice it the next winter, but they held true and still managed to amaze me.<br><br>Buy these tires...you won't be disappointed!!!
Initial Review: 15 miles on tires
December 17, 2011

Just had these installed this morning with a fresh coating of light, slick snow on the roads. My drive to the shop on my old, severely worn Michelens was putrid. The car spun its wheels with the smallest of acceleration, even on just wet roads...the snow was like an ice rink. After getting the General's put on, the difference is unbelievable. Even on steep inclines with slippery hard pack, I didn't loose traction at all even under heavy acceleration. For a car with no traction control, I was in dire need of a good performing snow tire and these have initially proven to exceed my expectation. Compared to the Firestone Winterforce tires I ran the past two winters on my previous vehicle, I can tell already these out-perform them, at least in terms of traction. The Firestones were on a car with T/C and even still had troubles finding grip in slick conditions on accelerating from a dead stop. Still have yet to try the Generals in anything deep, but I have every confidence they will handle it with ease.

The only thing I have noticed thus far that I would take away points for is that the car doesn't track quite as well with these on it. Going on a straight line there is some sway to adjust for, though nothing overly worrisome, and the steering response is a bit loose. However, that said, these are snow tires and my only expectation from them is to handle winters worst, not win races.

Time will tell the ultimate conclusion on these things, but initial impressions indicate that these tires are the real deal...and at a price that you can't complain about. Buy them, you wont regret it!!

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