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Author jwernerny Date Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:52 pm Views 9255
Description Okay, so I need snow tires. Should I get studded or unstudded?
Category The Snow Tire FAQ Type FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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3.06. Okay, so I need snow tires. Should I get studded or unstudded?
The answer to that is complicated, but your state or province may have already forced the choice by passing a law against studded snow tires.

Studded snow tires are a trade off. If you are on hard packed (frozen) mud, or ice, they will grab better than anything except screws and (possibly) chains. On the dry, they will actually have less traction than the same snow tire without studs. This is because on the dry pavement, you will actually be running partly on the studs and you will not have as much rubber in contact with the road.

Other draw backs to studs include that they are much noisier, and some people claim they chew up roads.

The real answer gets a bit more complicated, and it depends on what sort of driving conditions you expect to deal with and what trade offs you want to make.

"What About Studless (Friction) Ice Tires?"

Up until recently, there was a big gap between studded snow tires and non-studded snow tires when it came to performance on ice. Bridgestone, Nokian and Dunlop are just a few of the manufactures that have closed that gap.

There are a several of different technologies used to create Friction (Ice) Tires.

Sipes are small little cuts in the tread block. They serve to create edges to dig into snow or ice. Sometimes the cuts are straight, but of late most manufacturers are using wavy lines.

Another techology is tread compounds. Some tread compounds are being created that actually have better bite. In some cases it is done by absorbing the water (which is what really makes ice slippery).

The third technology involves embedding materials in the compound. Toyo embedds walnut shells in some of their tires. Green Diamond embeds carbide crystals (blue diamods).

Although these tires work very well on bare ice, they do not perform as well on snow covered ice, but if your state has outlawed studs or you object to the noise of studs, they are worth considering.


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Article Name: 3.06. Okay, so I need snow tires. Should I get studded or unstudded?
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