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post #91 of 96

Well a little more review of the Conti PureContact.

 

Had to drive through the Storm that nailed Buffalo here in Toronto, luckily not any where near the same volume.  However, directly in Toronto some idiot thought that regular salting was enough without plowing on any of the major roads.  All he managed to create was a thick iced surface as the snow melted turned to slush got more snow added and chilled by the wind.   Doesn't this sound similar to an injected GS course?  Yes you idiot, you made ice on the hwy's and turned a 40 minute drive into a 3 hour 30 minute drive.  Truth be told they should have saved the money and time as doing nothing would have had the same result.

 

I hate pre-salting.:nono:

 

Now for the report on the tires.  Very impressive, considering these are an all season tire.  For a quick comparison I took out the Caravan with the X-ice 3's  and noticed just a slight improvement in traction both ion braking and acceleration.  I have learned friend a friend in the business that these use a rubber compound that doesn't harden as the regular all season do in colder conditions, which explains it's near winter like tire performance.

 

75K mile life rating with a V speed rating and very good winter performance.....Not bad.  Don't get me wrong if winters is what you want, perfect and for some vehicles a requirement, however there are alternatives depending on your needs and this may be one.  The Extreme contacts were good but in MHO this are much better considering they are also billed All Season.

 

 

 

BTW sorry for the rant on the idiot re the salting Toronto Roads (well maybe not) ;).

post #92 of 96
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Now for the report on the tires.  Very impressive, considering these are an all season tire.  For a quick comparison I took out the Caravan with the X-ice 3's  and noticed just a slight improvement in traction both ion braking and acceleration.  I have learned friend a friend in the business that these use a rubber compound that doesn't harden as the regular all season do in colder conditions, which explains it's near winter like tire performance.

 

Sounds like you got the EcoPlus version with the 0F glass transition polymers. 

 

  Yeh, I just pulled the trigger on those too.     Of course if it goes to -15F we're both hosed.

post #93 of 96

I decided on the X-ice 3's and ordered them at Costco.  Right now there is a $70 off coupon for both Michelin and Bridgestone at Costco.  I should have them in a week, but I got lucky as inventory is getting low.   If you need snow tires, buy them now before your choices are limited! 

post #94 of 96

Great choice, tball.  I'm sure you'll get at least three season's worth of great winter traction.

post #95 of 96

Firestone Destination AT to replace the last set of Firestone Destination AT I had on the truck.  Figured the last set was good for 50K and had plenty of traction, no reason to try something else.  09 Dodge crewcab 1500 2wd with 600lbs of ballast in the bed.

post #96 of 96

Just ordered Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV winter tires and decent looking wheels from Discount Tire Direct. Total price $935 which I thought was pretty good. Will do the switch out in TN on my Way to MT.

 

Will report back after I get stuck and unstuck in a few snow banks.

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