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Hey

I have to use my SLK all year, this winter (end of Jan) I have to go to the Scottish highlands.
I also don't have storage space for additional wheels so I have to use the same size tyres and also dispose of my old tyres.

I have done some research and found a few options and wanted to talk through my thoughts and get some of your opinions.

I was unable to find in the size to fit front and rear;
Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S
Bridgestone Blizzak (I did find Blizzak for front and rear but they had different tread paterns, LM-25 and LM-32S)

So I am looking at the following



Pirelli


Michelin


Continental


Nankang



Now I am not a tyre expert so... pinch of salt and all that

Pirelli -
Has rubber blocks with large gaps between for snow buildup
Has small cuts in the rubber blocks at multiple angles to help with grip on snow
Has 2 channels all the way around the tyre evenly spaced
Tyre patern is symetrical

My impressions here are that the tyre will perform well on snow/ice and in the wet

Michelin -
Has rubber blocks with small gaps between for snow buildup
Has small cuts in rubber blocks at multiple angles to help with grip on snow
Has 2 channels all the way around the tyre placed in the middle and to one side.
Tyre Patern is not symetrical

My impressions here are the that the tyre will perform well on icy and wet roads, the smaller gaps give me concern about the grip on snow.

Continental -
Has rubber blocks with large gaps between for snow buildup
Has small cuts in rubber blocks (only left to right although zigzagged) to help with grip on snow
Has 4 channels all arround tyre placed evenly but not quite straight
Tyre patern is not symetrical but is close

My impressions here is that the tyre will perform well on icy/snow and wet conditions and should offer good braking performance but may suffer with grip when cornering

Nankang -
Has rubber blocks with modeium gaps between for snow buildup
Has small cuts in rubber blovks at slight angles to help with grip on snow
Has 4 main channels arround the tyre
Tyre is symetrical

My impressions here are this typre should offer good grip on snow and ice, but I am concerned about wet performance and ability to displace water, the limited grooves in the side of the tyre and solid central strip may end up pushing water or slush infront of the tyre rather than riding over it.




Given my requirements I am thinking about the Pirelli or the Continental tyres, I am not sure about the design of the other two.

However I know very little about tyres, especially winter ones.
So please comments welcome

Footy



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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=181
This test covers 4 tyres but only 2 that I have listed, Michelin and Pirelli
Cornering - Pirelli seemed to out perform the Michellin
Stopping Distance - Dry Pirelli was better, Wet Michellin was better
 

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Personally I doubt if you can draw the conclusions you have, just based on the tyre design.
I think there are many more factors that influence handling on cold, wet, icy, snowy roads than just the tyre design. The first one I think about is rubber compound......
A softer tyre will have more grip on cold roads than a harder tyre.

Just as you I don't know much about tyres, but I would try to find some reviews to see what the experts think about the tyres you found.

Just my €0,02 ;)
 

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Personally I doubt if you can draw the conclusions you have, just based on the tyre design.
I think there are many more factors that influence handling on cold, wet, icy, snowy roads than just the tyre design. The first one I think about is rubber compound......
A softer tyre will have more grip on cold roads than a harder tyre.

Just as you I don't know much about tyres, but I would try to find some reviews to see what the experts think about the tyres you found.

Just my €0,02 ;)
Thanks for your input.

I'm looking now at some test reviews, for the sake of keeping all info together I will add this to the end of the original post too.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=181
This test covers 4 tyres but only 2 that I have listed, Michelin and Pirelli
Cornering - Pirelli seemed to out perform the Michellin
Stopping Distance - Dry Pirelli was better, Wet Michellin was better

Struggling to find many comparative reviews
 
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