SimpleTire Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70


Bridgestone’s Blizzak WS70 is a strong selling winter tire, and for good reason. The Blizzak WS70 is actually the fourth generation of Bridgestone Winter Biter tires, with plenty of technological and design advances to reflect that evolution.

The Blizzak WS70’s tread compound is designed with Bridgestone’s NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell formulation on top of their standard winter compound. Tube Multicell technology is designed with thousands of microscopic tubes and cells incorporated into the rubber, helping to wick water away from the tire’s contact patch; as the tire’s tread wears, new pores and tubes are continuously exposed. The compound is also designed for flexibility at freezing te ...[more]

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Simple Tire Review: Nokian Hakkapeliitta


Nokian Hakkapelitta 5 

Designed for SUV’s, the Nokian Hakkapelitta 5 is a winter tire that provides excellent, stable handling and first-rate surface grip. Nokian’s ecologically-friendly winter tread compound incorporates rapeseed oil and low-aromatic formulations for grip, flexibility and low rolling resistance, with a double block tread compound for traction in deep snow. Polished main grooves help evacuate snow and slush from the tire’s contact patch; tread wear indicators alert the driver to minimum tread depth. Lastly, the Nokian Hakkapelitta 5 can be set up with studs for extreme condition, where legal.

The Nokian Hakkapelitta 5 is truly a winter tire, with an aggressive tread pattern and higher noise ...[more]

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SimpleTire Comparison: Michelin Alpin PA3 vs. Nokian WRG2


Michelin’s Pilot Alpin PA3 uses their innovative Green-X standard for environmentally-friendly design and low rolling resistance, with Michelin’s sunflower-oil-enriched Helio tread formulation for flexibility in freezing temperatures, traction and handling performance. The Helio tread compound is molded into an asymmetric tread pattern, with a unique pattern of variable-thickness sipes. The sipes at the inboard side of the tread are wider for wet weather, while the outboard sipes are narrow for dry conditions. The Pilot Alpin PA3 is constructed with polyester cord under two steel belts, with more polyamide cord banded around the belts for strength and ride comfort.

The Nokian WRG2 is the third generation of their ...[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?


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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Winter Tires vs. All Season Tires


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


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.

Pliers

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 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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Vintage Tires


Let’s face it – modern tire designs are much, much safer than the tires of a couple of generations ago. Rubber compounds are better, steel belted radials handle better and wear longer than older bias-ply tires, traction is better, tires are less prone to blowouts or failure, and performance during braking, acceleration and cornering is much improved over 60s- or 50s-era tires. Still, if you’re restoring a muscle car or vintage truck, you want tires that are appropriate as far as size and appearance for your vehicle (if it’s a British car, perhaps we should say “tyres”).

If you’ve got a vintage muscle car, the BF Goodrich Radial T/A is an excellent choice, with period-correct raised white letters and 22 sizes to choose from. The Radial T/A is a low-profile classic-look tire that benefits from modern design and manufa ...[more]

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Learn How to Read Tire Numbers


We hear questions all the time about what specific tire numbers mean that are shown on tires. Information on speed rating, tire width, load rating and more are quite common on every tire you look at. This information is shown on the sidewall and is easy to read, but more importantly, needs to be understood. Feel free to watch this video which demonstrates simply what these numbers represent. You'll become a tire professor in no time!

The graphic to the right has four numbers and two letters, and all of them are important. Here's each number and letter in order, as well as what it represents. A more detailed explanation of each characteristic is below.

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