Re: Which is the best ALL-season

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Posted by Pierre Poulin on August 30, 1998 at 21:20:13:

In Reply to: Which is the best ALL-season posted by Miles on August 30, 1998 at 04:10:42:

All top of the line all-season tires from top manufacturors will give you relatively decent snow and ice performance: Michelin X-one or XW4, Toyo 800 Ultra, Pirelli P400, Dunlop SP40 and so on...
But I would strongly recommend that you use FOUR snow & ice tires. It won't cost you more in the long run since your summer tires don't wear off during winter time (and you can sell your winter tires when you sell your car). The secret of winter traction is in the type of compound that is involved relative to the temperature. Even though all good four seasons have sipes and thread patterns that can compensate in part for their lack of a true winter performance (which means the ability to remain flexible at sub-zero temperatures and STICK to ice and snow), they are a trade off. No tire can be top notch at 80F AND minus 10F. Espescially in the winter when it is so slippery and dangerous, you want to get the maximum traction available . And you will be amazed to see how much improvement there has been in snow and ice tires recently. For my money it's Dunlops's SP40 in the spring-summer- fall seasons and Bridgestone Blizacks in the winter.
Hope this helps .

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