Date: 11 Sep 2001 12:43:20 +0200
From: Arne Adli <>
Subject: Re: Winter vs all season tires on 900SE???

Robert Brown <> writes: > Another Bob wrote: > > > On Mon, 10 Sep 2001 20:33:47 +0200, Robert Brown > > <> wrote: > > > > >I'd better say straight off that I don't know what an "all-season tyre" is. > > > > Well, as an example, the Pirelli P7000 comes as a summer tire or as > > the P7000 SuperTouring which is an 'all season'. All season tires > > are marked M+S, AFAIK. However, they are distinguished from a true > > winter tire in that the winter tires are designed to maximize winter > > (snow) traction at the expense of wet, dry, and summer traction. > > All seasons are a compromise in Winter traction, with almost 'normal' > > Summer, wet, and dry traction. Still, they are way ahead of a 'Summer' > > tire - which goes nowhere in the snow. > > > > Bob > > OK - now we're getting somewhere. In Sweden, anything classed as "M+S" (mud and > snow) qualifies as a winter tyre. And if you say that all-season tyres are also > marked with "M+S", then they are equivalent. Which means that we're actually all > in favour of driving on the same tyres(?) In Sweden and in Norway, where I live, you cant buy all-seson tyres. All M+S tyres in the shops here are winter tyres strictly. Down on the continent, you can buy all-season, but not up here in the icy north. Winter tyres are superior on snow and ice. on wet or dry traction they are not so good. Conclution: if you want safe winter ride, go for winter tyres. If you want performanence on bare(?) road, go for all-season. -- Arne Adli '96 Saab 900 SE Turbo

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