Simple Tire Review: Hankook Winter iPike W409

Perfect for smaller sedans and crossovers, the Hankook Winter iPike W409 is an affordable winter tire that excels in snow and slush conditions. The Winter iPike W409 uses a winter tread formulation that’s compounded to stay flexible in subfreezing temperatures, for great traction. A wider footprint ensures a smoother ride and more stable handling and cornering on wet or dry pavement, with a dense pattern of sipes at the center tread for improved traction in nasty weather. A unique V-shaped tread pattern helps move water away from the contact patch to fight hydroplaning; the Winter iPike W409 can also be set up with six rows of studs for extreme conditions (where legal).

The Winter iPike W409 is a little noisier than many winter tires, but it provides exceptional traction in difficult road conditions, as well as a forgiving ride and predictable handling. Overall, this Hankook tire offers an excellent value in winter tires.