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Old 01-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #21
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:06 PM   #22
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I have a update on michelin defenders. The last little while we had had some rather bad winter road conditions here is Edmonton area, I have found the defenders just not performing up to my standards, I have not run all seasons in the winter before this year for some time so I guess i have been spoiled, we have michelin X-ice tires on one car and they work well, I have toyo observe gsi-5 on our Yukon and have been really impressed with them. I just ordered a set of the toyos for the Montana van this morning.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
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I just bought two sets of Nokian WRG2s, one for the Highlander, and another for my wife's Honda Fit. We live in Northern Alberta, with cold temperatures and lots of snow. Our police department did a big study to see which tires would be best, and the WRG2 came out on top. They are switching all their patrol cars to these. This tire is described as the closest thing there is to a true all season tire. It is more of a winter tire that is also ok for summer than it is a summer tire that is ok for winter. In the tests that the police department conducted the WRG2 stopped faster on ice than some dedicated winter tires. In Canada the Nokian's are available from Kal Tire. After that testimony I think I deserve a commission!
I put a similar tire made by Hankook (Optimo 4S) on my wife's Honda Civic that were billed as all weather tires but also had the snowflake rating. The tires are great; work very well in snow and rain and are quiet in summer. The only problem is they don't last .... I'll be lucky if I get 50,000 KM out of them. The rubber is just too soft for summer use.

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #24
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I get why people like the idea of a one tire does all. There are some tires that good examples of this. But having a true summer and true winter tire does seem like a the best solution in climates where there are severe winter driving. It just seems that you have to give somewhere with any product that is a "do it all " kind of thing.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:45 PM   #25
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I, too, tried a set of Nokian WR G2 SUV on the Sienna. They are an impressive compromise, but like Barry's Hankook Optima S4 they wore too quickly for me in the summer, and were not quite good enough for me in the winter (I have a rural residence). I have no intention of using the Defenders in the winter, but an occasional fall or spring snowfall shouldn't be a problem - they did see some snow last year before I swapped on Hakkapeliittas.

I may use the old WRs - now too worn for winter use on the Sienna - on a trailer. I would need wheels but I think they would work well... but I don't want to start a trailer tire discussion here.
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