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sapperd06 11-11-2013 12:41 AM

Best road snow tire
I currently have Procomp 31x10.5r15LT tires and I am looking for a really good snow tire but also with good road performance. I have been told that skinnier in tires work better in the snow. I dont mind going to a skinnier tire as long as there is a better grip in snow. I live in buffalo ny and we ge a fair amount of snow, besides the the road plow buringing us in the end of the driveway. ANY SUGGESTION WOULD BE HELPFUL
Thank You

mschi772 11-11-2013 05:48 AM

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Bridgestone Blizzaks are a common recommendation, but I suggest something from the the Nokian Hakkapeliitta family. They're among the best and probably are THE best for lateral grip in winter conditions. Narrower would be better, but be careful not to go narrower than your wheel width can handle.

wilson1010 11-11-2013 06:54 AM

I currently have Blizzaks on my Wrangler, used to have Nokians on the Mercedes, now have four studded conventional snows on the Mercedes.

In Buffalo, its all about the snow. Big, deep, white, stays forever snow. They plow it and it gets packed down. Sometimes hardens into an ice layer right on the pavement that stays for weeks. Either the Blizzaks or the studded conventional snows are your best bet. Don't waste your money on "snowflake" tires. Those are any of the myriad of tires meeting requirements of the Canadian government for winter use. It is a political statement, not a real performance rating, IMO. Most of the tires that carry a snowflake will just be conventional tires with modern rubber. Eventually, most all tires will have a snowflake on them.

The studded conventional snows will cost half what the Blizzaks will. Only the top layer of Blizzak rubber is really effective so you might only get two seasons from the set. and, they cost more to begin with. You really have only one good choice for studded tires, the Firestone Winterforce. The good news is that its cheap, $115 with studs. Look for 265/75/15.

The Blizzaks will have a little better road performance, but I'd go with the studs.

EDIT: I just saw a set of studded General Altimax Artics. For a studded, high tech alternative, consider that one also.

Michel347 11-11-2013 06:55 AM

The Nokian are really nice tires, but often pricey. Myself I went with Blizzak DM-V1 in 225/75R16 on EOM steel wheels. Just waiting a little more for the white stuff before making the swap.

wilson1010 11-11-2013 08:29 AM

Hahaha! ^^^^^

Here is a person who knows something about snow. What do you get up there in Quebec City? Like 20 feet of snow a year? Is it every not white on the ground?

i love snow and would give a testicle to have 20 feet of snow a year.

Michel347 11-11-2013 11:38 AM

20 would be nice, I do ski, but average would be more like 10. Last time we got near 20 was in 2008. The trending would be that this winter should be like 2008, we'll see...

wilson1010 11-11-2013 11:50 AM


Originally Posted by Michel347 (Post 17613498)
20 would be nice, I do ski, but average would be more like 10. Last time we got near 20 was in 2008. The tranding would be that this winter should be like 2008, we'll see...

I want to stay at the Ice Hotel but my wife is not having any of it. Good luck on the snow this year. :thumbsup:

Michel347 11-17-2013 01:56 PM

Snow forecast in the coming days, so I installed my Blizzak DM-V1.

Damn it changed the look over my MT tires, it looks so, ..., skinny and road tire look. But at least I can say that they are performing very nicely on dry and wet road and country dirt/gravel roads. A lot more quiet than my Destination MTs, comfortable, nice handling and easier on gas.

Now waiting for winter conditions in the next few days to report more. Up to now, except for the less agressive look, they are very nice.

CJ7-Tim 11-17-2013 02:34 PM

First, you have to define "best". "Best" is different depending on what type of vehicle, vehicle modifications (if any), and local road/weather conditions.


Originally Posted by sapperd06 (Post 17606433)
.....looking for a really good snow tire but also with good road performance.

BFG T/A All Terrain works well in Minnesota winters. I leave them on the daily driver all year round.

wilson1010 11-17-2013 03:32 PM

My most effective vehicle in snow:

BFG T/A's. Front and rear Positraction. K2500 is essentially a 3/4 Ton pickup with 1200 pounds of crap in the bed. Goes through anything.

Michel347 11-27-2013 09:48 AM

We got almost a foot of snow today, with the Blizzak, the JK is a snow monster.

wilson1010 11-27-2013 11:28 AM

Oh, you're killing me. We has a 1/2" and everyone went nutz. They had live TV coverage on the highway.

samger2 11-28-2013 09:15 PM

I vote for Blizzaks...I as well run the DM-V1 on my wife's Grand Cherokee and couldn't be happier. Granted we don't get the kind of snows you guys get, but I've driven on cheap snow tires as well as Blizzaks...IMO it's a night and day difference with the snow tire on the road IMO.

Charley3 11-28-2013 11:04 PM

I recommend Hankook ATM, Hercules AT2, or Duratrac. Any of those in 245/75R16 load C or 30 x 9.5 R15.

You may also want to look at Nokian Rotiva AT.

Those are very good on snow, good on ice, and work great year round on and off road.

wilson1010 11-29-2013 07:37 AM

This is Buffalo. They need serious snow tires. Not some AT's with a little siping. :nono:

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