I live in one of those "Colorado mountain towns", Winter Park to be exact. We average 450 inches per year............yes 450 inches per year.
Let me say that no tire is good on ice. Some are better than others, big hard mud blocks are the worst and soft with lots of sipes are best. Sure studs help but really only chains offer and sort of forward grip. Ice is slippery and its dangerous.
I run the Duratrac in a 12.5x33x15 on my JKU can out dig and "winter" tire out there. (Blizak and that type).
The big open pattern in great in soft snow, hard pack snow , slush, rain.
Years ago I used to drive up to all those Colo & NM mountain towns to ski, including Winter Park, in a '67 Beetle and drove around all over those places on 165-15 street tires without chains.
and the entire belly of the car was built like a sled, flat and smooth. I had a 1978 Porsche 914 that was built like a bug, mid-engine and rear wheel drive. It was a fun car to "drift bust" with....as long as you had enough speed to slide to the other side
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
OK, OP, now its your turn. How about some snow photos for us snow deprived Mid-westerners? Today should prove worthy in Buffalo if the TV news readers are to be believed.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)
I recently put Firestone Winterforce tires on my KL. Seem good on dry pavement and in the rain. It is supposed to snow tonight so I'll finally get a chance to test them. Wheels and tires from tirerack.com
MikeP - 2014 KL Latitude in Granite
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