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SimpleTire Comparison: Bridgestone Blizzak vs. Hankook iPike RW11

October 9th, 2013

Hankook’s affordable winter tire uses their eco-friendly winter tread compound, with a symmetrical tread pattern that incorporates wraparound shoulder blocks and a distinct center section. The iPike RW11’s central grooves help move water and slush away from the contact patch to prevent hydroplaning. For extreme conditions, the iPike can be used with a 6-row stud pattern (where legal), arranged for low noise and excellent retention. The stiffness of the tread block is achieved with a combination of step and wave kerf, making it ideal for SUVs and light trucks.

The Bridgestone Blizzak uses the company’s unique Tube Multicell tread compound, a silica-enhanced formulation designed with thousands of tiny tubes and cells incorporate ...[more]

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SimpleTire Review: Toyo Open Country MT

Designed to help full-size trucks, Jeeps and 4x4 SUVs get the job done, the Toyo Open Country MT is a premium all-terrain tire at an affordable price. The innovative hook-shaped tread blocks on the Open Country MT are designed to provide great traction off-road and quiet, predictable performance on the pavement. Scalloped tread blocks hook around the shoulders; the sizable void areas are designed to eject mud and stones for a continuous biting surface that keeps you moving forward in rough terrain. Sipes strategically placed in the tread blocks make the Open Country MT a great choice for snow and wintry conditions (branded with the industry's Mountain + Snowflake stamp on the sidewall).

The Toyo Open Country MT is designed with an off-road rubber formul ...[more]

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What Makes a Winter Tire?

September 25th, 2013

So you might be wondering what the differences are between a winter tire and an all-season tire…actually, the differences are pretty significant.

  • Winter tires are designed with a rubber formulation that stays flexible in sub-freezing temperatures. That flexibility is important to traction in snow and slush, as a summer tire would stiffen and harden below freezing and compromise traction.
  • Winter tires have a more aggressive tread pattern, with deeper voids to help evacuate slush and snow from the tread. They also often feature circumferential grooves to move slush and water away from the tire’s contact patch to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Most tires now feature sipes, a network of tiny cuts in the tread that provide additional biting edges for tract ...[more]

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Simple Tire Comparison: Nokian Hakkapeliita 7 vs. Vanderbilt Arctic Claw

September 18th, 2013

Nokian Hakkapeliita 7

If you’ve got a heavier vehicle like a full-sized truck, sedan or SUV, the Nokian Hakkapeliita 7 is an excellent choice. Nokian uses an innovative winter tread compound with canola oil, silica and non-aromatic oils for low rolling resistance, flexibility at subfreezing temps and excellent traction. The Hakkapeliita 7 has a symmetrical, directional tread pattern that can be used with rows of studs for extreme conditions (where legal). The Hakkapeliita 7’s tread design incorporates straight shoulders with a center section designed for dry asphalt, and a layer of air between the studs and the tire carcass to suppress tire noise and cushion ...[more]

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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires

September 4th, 2013

Winter Tires vs All Season Tires
Tire technology has come a long way in the last 20 or so years, and the big heavy-treaded “snow tires” (aka “mud grips”) of years past are pretty much gone. Newer winter tires offer great traction and handling in a tire that also has low noise and civilized road manners. But what’s the difference between a winter tire and an all-season tire?

All-season tires, on the other hand, are built with different tread compounds and tread patterns, and are usually quieter and better-riding than most winter tires. All-season tires and winter tires both now are designed with sipes, rows of tiny grooves cut into the tread. As the tire rotates through water or snow, the sipes provide thousands of biting edges to dig in and provide traction.

It’s i ...[more]

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Essential Tire Tools to Keep in the Car

August 28th, 2013

We all have a toolbox in the garage or inside the house, but what about in the trunk of the car? What if you're on the road and you get a flat tire? Do you have everything you need to take care of it from the road?

It's even more important to keep some tools in the car when you're traveling a long distance because you never know what could happen along the way. Check out our list of essential tire tools to have with you at all times and you'll have a little more piece of mind every time you travel. All of these tools can be stored in the trunk or spare tire area of your vehicle.


If you need to remove nails and other foreign objects from a tire, pliers are your best friend. They also come in handy for grabbing small objects in a pinch. ...[more]

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Simple Tire Review: Mastercraft Tires Review

Mastercraft is a sub-brand of the respected Cooper Tire name, and specializes in passenger car, light truck, SUV, winter and commercial tires. Here’s a sampling of some of what Mastercraft Tires has to offer:

  • Avenger Touring LSR - Designed for drivers who want ride comfort and handling in a touring tire, Mastercraft’s Avenger Touring LSR uses a chemically-coupled silica/carbon black tread compound for long life and traction. The polymer matrix in the tread compound means lower rolling resistance and flexibility and low temperatures. The Avenger Touring LSR uses a 5-rib tread design with sipes for all-weather traction, helping earn the industry’s Mountain + Snowflake stamp.


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Simple Tire Roundup: Top 10 All-Season Tires

August 16th, 2013
Posted in: All-Season Tires


There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to all-season tires, so we narrowed it down to ten for you:

  • Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Goodyear dependability and quality in a smooth-riding, comfortable all-season tire. The Assurance ComforTred features a shock-absorbing layer of rubber between the tread and steel belts, with densely-packed tread blocks for traction.
  • Goodyear Assurance TripleTred The innovative Assurance TripleTred is designed with three distinct sectors of tread; a Dry Zone with large shoulder blocks, a Water Zone with sculpted Aquachannel grooves to move water from the footprint, and an Ice Zone with a tr ...[more]

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Simple Tire Comparison: Snow Tires vs. Studded Tires


Snow Tires VS Studded Tires

Remember studded tires?  Tires with noisy metal studs driven into the tread? They’re pretty hard to beat for traction in really extreme winter conditions. If your area regularly gets ice and heavy snow, if you live on a hill or out in the country where roads are seldom plowed, or if you have no choice but to put in a lot of miles in winter driving conditions, studded tires (or “studdable”) may be the thing you’re looking for. Remember, though, that studded tires aren’t legal in some states, so do your homework before making that decision.

But let’s talk about “snow tires,” or winter tires. They’ve come a long way in the last few decades…the old truck-style snow tir ...[more]

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Simple Tire Roundup:Best Rated Seasonal Tires

August 14th, 2013


There are a lot of tires out there on the market, and once you start trying to get information on the ones you’re looking for, it can be enough to make your head spin. We took some time to narrow down the best rated tires for you:


·       Michelin X-Ice Xi3If you regularly have to deal with snow-packed or icy pavement, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is up toward the top of our list, with a quiet ride and great traction.

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