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Old 11-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Snow tire or ice tire?

I have always used Hercules Avalanche tires in winter
Fairly aggressive tread that doesn't clog up in slush
Price was pretty decent

I see a lot of ice tires that have tread that looks more like a summer or all season tire and don't believe they would be that good in snow

The winter package tire that Ford supplied is a Uniroyal
Wish it had a more aggressive tread


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Old 11-18-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Do you mean studded tires? I've never heard of a dedicated "ice tire".

If you're on a lot of ice, and it's allowed, go for a studded tire. If not, stick with regular tires (or leave out the studs).
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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Ya, and I wish there we more periods in your post, and even a question mark at the end! Eh..
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Do you mean studded tires? I've never heard of a dedicated "ice tire".

If you're on a lot of ice, and it's allowed, go for a studded tire. If not, stick with regular tires (or leave out the studs).
Studded tires are not allowed in this part of Ontario
I would stud them in a heart beat otherwise

Look at the tread pattern on a tire like a Bridgestone Blizzak VS a Avalanche
Much more blocky tread on the Avalanche

http://www.bridgestonetire.ca/tire-brand/blizzak
http://www.herculestire.com/tire-gal...-truck/winter/

I am curious if anyone has experience with the dealer supplied Uniroyals
The tread of the Uniroyals look like it will clog up easily
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I have experience with Michelin X-Ice xi2, (4) both on my previous '05 ST, and on my current '04 SVT. We have more ice than snow, usually both, and the Michelins are superb in all winter conditions which I have experience. Highly recommended!
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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Sorry, off-topic but I cannot help it.

I was trying to compile a list of pros/cons of moving to Taiwan. Now I can add one on the "pros" side of the ledger: I don't have to drive in snowy winters (love the snow but hate driving on slippery/slush/dirty roads).

BTW this is the first time I learn about ice tires.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:35 AM   #7
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Studed tires are total Hell on concrete roadways lifespans.
i remember back in the late 60's when they were allowed anywhere.
The local freeways in just 3 years were worn out. You could see deep troughs worn in the ares where tires ran on the freeways. Studded tires were banned for that reason. they were great for not skidding on ice. Horrible for any dry/clean roadway surfaces.

For the op it would depend on where you live and how much snow only/ ice only you get. Plus city. suburban, country.. commute, vs drive ony when you want to.

Where I live ice is rarely an issue. usually it is a sudden change from rain to freeze/snow. We get snow. But in the city in is never a big issue. So i use whatever tires came on the car. I used Summer ony tires for 13 year all year round. Never had any issue in snow with my Contour SVT)

Places where it usually does not snow much but freezing rain would be way toward ice handling tires. (Middle states like Ky TN MO)
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The blocky part of the tire (assuming i am reading your post correct) is more for the slush/snow tread than ice.

The sipes and tiny holes in the tires are what will grip on the ice more so than the big chunky parts.

Two of the better tires for ice are the
X-Ice Xi3
Blizzak WS70
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