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In my experience, Nokian rubber holds up better
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:46:19 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Thanks for the Nokian tip, Stephan_Viggen, Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:37:59
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I've had 10+ year old Nokian tires with no visible environmental degradation in the tire compound and <6 year old Michelins and other brands with visible cracking. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing this on Nokians at any age where I have still had them around. For a car that sees limited mileage, that makes these tires quite attractive. I have never used the Z line as they were hard to get here, so I started trying other brands for summers, but way back I had NRH2's on a c900 and they were perfect tires for that car: fantastic water displacement, and performance was great for the intended market (summer only geared at european performance sedans etc). Again, the rubber lasted well in the environment - eventually they wore down but no other issues.

I would buy the Z if it was available locally here, and it sounds promising that they are doing production in North America also now. Before, they'd come on a boat a couple times of the year from Finland. I think that was the main thing holding them back. Reputation of the Hakkas is super high, but availability is not the same as Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, etc, so fewer people hear of them as an option... you need to seek them out if you want them. It is cool that eeuro carries them, but kind of not viable (shipping!) for those of us in Canada.
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