Date: 23 Jan 2003 03:16:11 GMT
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Anders Olsson <> wrote: > wrote in > news:b0mpng$qlgr0$ >> Well, I guess it comes down to "It's like this all winter", vs. "It's >> like this a couple of times a year". I don't think it's worth trying >> to save the one-time expense of 4 rims to use mediocre tires all year >> round. > Reading this thread, I get theimpression that you in the U.S. have eithe a > lot of loose snow where the thread pattern is what makes most of the > difference, whereas we in scandinavia more often have hard packed snow or > ice where the important difference is the rubber in the tire. Well, I live in a rural area in Wisconsin, which gets alot of snow that doesn't go away until spring. So, hardpack is common here; some folks live in areas which have the luxury of clear pavement, it seems. > I would > actually think that you can make an all season tire which is is reasonably > good in loose snow, but not on packed snow or ice which needs a very soft > rubber resulting in a very short lifespan during summer conditions. I'm using Nokian Haaka's, which I take off in spring. Very soft compound. > Actually a good winter tire without studs will give a lot better grip on > packed snow than an all season on packed snow or ice. Yup.

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