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posted September 04, 2002 12:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I have Bridgstone Duelers (not sure if they're h/t or h/l) on my wife's '97 Pathfinder SE and they so far seem fine enough in wet and dry summer conditions, and the tread looks pretty aggressive. As far as I know, however, they're not a snow/winter tire per se, which concerns me here in Vermont. This will also be her first winter driving an SUV. Safety is my priority here, so I'm thinking some kind of true winter/snow tire, perhaps with studs. Any thoughts?

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posted October 02, 2002 07:44 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I'm in the process of selecting winter tires for my SUV at the present as well. Spent a fair bit of time researching on the internet, and have only come up up with 2 true winter tires:
1) Bridgestone Winter Dueler DM-Z2, and
2) Michelin 4X4 Alpine

Obviously I haven't used either yet, but have a couple of comments that may be of help.

The Winter Dueler's are based on the same technology as their Blizzak tires (special rubber compound to improve winter traction). I have used Blizzak's on my car's for the last 9 years and have been very pleased with their winter traction.

I have never used the Michelin winter tires, but have been very happy with the Michelin LTX M&S on my Explorer. They are not a true winter tire though. Given my good experience with Michelin I wouldn't hesitate buying these either.

There are several "all weather tires" now out on the market (different than all season) that you can use all year round, but they likely won't be as good in the winter as the above tires. What ever you buy, ensure it meets the severe weather service requirement (indicated by a snowflake on a mountain symbol on the tire sidewall).

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