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posted November 28, 2001 08:09 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I am researching winter tires and I would love some feedback on the subject. I was told by one dealer, that Michelin's Arctic Alpins were the best winter tires on the market followed closely by the new Pirelli 210 wintersports. The second dealer said the 210's were the best followed by the Alpin's? The last dealer, who didn't stock the Pirelli's said they were way down the list and didn't compare to the Alpin's. What am I too make of this? I just want a good performance winter tire for city/highway driving, good in snow and on ice. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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posted December 03, 2001 01:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
As you can see they are all trying to sell you what they have. You should review both this BBS by using the search capabilities and search for "snow tires" to see what owners actually say.

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posted December 03, 2001 08:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
From what I understand, these are two very different types of snow tires. Having owned a set of Pirelli 190's, which I believe was just a narrower version of the 210, the Pirelli is more of a "classic" style snow tire, with a combination of open lugs and sipes to provide traction. The Pirelli is also the most "performance" oriented of the snow tires and does not feel as mushy as most snow tires do on dry roads.

The Michelin is a newer design, with traction provided by a more technical tread compound and a higher number of sipes which help grip the snow. Its a very highly regarded tire and probably a good choice for those who like the technology of the Blizzaks, but want more than just half a snow tire.

If you value the "sport" aspect of driving and dislike that "mushy" feeling you get with most snow tires, go with the Pirellis. They may not have quite as much grip as the Michelins, but they are still excellent in the snow and for the other 90% of your winter driving, you'll be much happier.

If you drive very conservatively and are not looking for any performance characteristics in your tires, the Michelin is probably a better choice.

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posted December 16, 2001 04:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Pirelli & Michelin are very good tire maker.
Winter tire are falling into the category of
specialty tires being only about 5% of the
total market. The country of origin of those
two tire maker (France & Italy) have marginal
winter conditions! I would trust a maker like
Nokian (Finland!!!!) where the winter in their country last for a good 7 mounths. Go
for the Kakka NRW high performance winter
tire, H-Rated, directional pattern & sillica
rubber compound. You can't go wrong with that
tire. Enjoy!

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