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What are the best snowtires for the mountains?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by PsychRN, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Sep 23, 2018 at 8:44 AM
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    PsychRN

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    Hi all,

    I bought my Tacoma in June 2018 and am now looking at getting snow tires for the winter. I live in Montana and travel to work every week. I need a really good set of snow tires to get me over a couple of mountain passes safely. What would you recommend? Thanx
     
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    Not KO2.

    Edit: 2nd vote for the blizzak as dedicated tire, my mother has nokian snow tires on he VW golf in New England, no issues.
     
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  4. Sep 23, 2018 at 8:58 AM
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    Stocklocker

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    ^Truth. The “triple peak” snow symbol on K02 is a total joke. BFG must have taken all the DOT guys to Mazatlan for a weekend when they issues that approval.
     
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    Vbpiper

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    Dedicated winter/snow tires can make a world if difference. I would look at Bridgestone Blizzaks, Michelin X-Ice or Nokians.
    Maybe check the reviews on tirerack.com for a broader database.
     
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    If you are willing to have two complete sets of tires, get some dedicated snow tires. They won't last as long as regular tires due to a softer rubber compound, so you'll also need a set of tires for summer use. Lots of folks don't want the hassle of changing tires twice a year so they compromise with all-season tires that will last much longer in year-round use.

    Your local tire store can advise you on the cost of going each route.
     
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    dedicated snow tires or NOKIAN
     
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    Goodyear Duratracs, they’re amazing in the snow and ice.
     
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    I have KO2’s on my Taco, but I like Michilin Defenders on my work truck (which absolutely has to get through the snow). KO2’s float around a lot in just a little snow.
     
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    I don't get the KO2 hate. They haven't let me down. I get about 6ft of snow each winter with 10-20 inches on a bad day.
     
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    We have mountains and snow up here. I run Blizzaks and they’ve always worked well for me.
     
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    Nokian isn’t the cheapest but it’s worth the extra traction!
     
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    I had KOs on a previous truck. They were unstoppable in the snow. On black ice or at iced up intersections it was a different story. The harder rubber compound in the KOs made controlling the vehicle a little trickier in these situations. A dedicated winter tire with its softer rubber compound handles these situations better IMO. I'm pretty sure testing would agree with me.
     
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    +1 on Nokian!

    I have hakkapeliittas on my Scion TC and it's almost unstoppable in snow. Two winters on them now without any noticeable wear.

    I don't get enough snow here to require snow tires on the Tacoma, but I would surely get Nokians if I ever moved somewhere that did.
     
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    Yup Nokian Hakka R2's on my Tacoma in the winter. Increased rolling resistance so take a hit in mileage but makes it an urban assault vehicle in deep snow.
     
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    I have the Bridgestone Blizzak for my dedicated winter tire you won't regret it.This will be my 3rd season on the tire. FYI this tire is to be used < 45 degrees due to the soft rubber compound. I hope this helps with you decision.My .02
     
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    I've got the Yokohama Geolander A/T on my truck, living in Maine w/the crazy snow we get, and they have been amazing this whole past winter. 3'+ Snowdrifts w/o an issue, driving down unplowed back roads with 24"+ of snow without a single struggle. The giant storm we had here in New England back on February 15th, I drove from Maine to Southern Connecticut (usually a 7hr drive) and back in the same day, averaging 65-70mph, while other vehicles were barely cruising at 30mph due to how bad it was snowing. 23k miles on them, and they don't even look like they have any wear on them at all, and going strong. Will 100% buy them again once these are expired.
     
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    Dedicated tires always perform better. That being said ice has never been a problem for me.

    Drive for the conditions, but I guess thats why people always say YMMV.
     

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