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

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 the ride. Unlike many winter tires, the Hakkapeliita 7 is also available with run-flat technology.


Vanderbilt Arctic Claw

Vanderbilt’s Arctic Claw is a good-looking winter tire with an aggressive tread design, and can be used with studs for extreme conditions (where legal). The Arctic Claw uses “d-Square” sipe technology for enhanced performance in wet and wintry conditions, with a winter-specific symmetrical tread pattern and deep lateral and circumferential grooves to evacuate water and snow from the tread. The patented “snow groove” is incorporated into the tread for extra traction in nasty weather.