Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

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Vehicle: 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Sport Package
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Spirited
General Altimax Arctic
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
October 14, 2012

I put 5k miles on these tires last winter. They are by far the best winter tires I've ever driven on. While it is true that I shouldn't compare these tires to the performance winter tires I had before (Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 and Dunlop Wintersport 3D), these tires are the right ones for you if icy/snowy road condition is all you're concerned about. Having soft tread compounds to handle wintery condition, they aren't one of the best handling, responsive tires you can get, but we're not talking summer tires here. Quiet and comfortable so far. The only complaint I have is their resistance to hydroplaning. I almost lost control of my car driving through a puddle at 25mph, which any of my summer/winter tires I've had would not have any problems with at 40+ mph. So, go with other winter tires if you live in the northwest and get much more rain than snow in winter.

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