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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 “All-Weather Plus” tire line, with a unique environmentally-friendly rubber formulation that uses cool silica, canola oil and low-aromatic purified oils for long wear and low rolling resistance. The WRG2’s asymmetrical tread pattern is designed for competence in different road conditions, with a narrow outer shoulder, a distinct center section and an entirely different pattern at the inner shoulder for winter conditions. The center section and outer shoulder use sipes for handling, traction and stability, with innovative polished grooves and a “slush wedge” to move water and slush away from the tire’s contact patch.

Nokian isn’t a well-known brand yet, but the WRG2 does incorporate some innovative features you won’t find in most winter tires. Michelin’s Alpin PA3, on the other hand, carries Michelin’s tradition of great value, excellent ride and handling and dependability.