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Old 11-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Mud tires v. Winter tires

Anyone have any experience as to performance of the Goodyear Duratrac v. Bridgestone Blizzak?


I obviously prefer the look of the mud tires, but I also don't want to be slipping & sliding all winter. I would assume the Duratrac's as with other mud tires would do fine in deep and/or fresh snow, but struggle a bit more in ice & packed snow. But on the other hand is it a safe assumption that the winter tires would give up some performance in deep snow and obviously off roading?


I guess my question is how bad are the mud tires on packed snow, as compared to a dedicated winter tire?

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Old 11-19-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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the dedicated winter tire is alot better,especially on ice. mud tires are the opposite of what you want in snow tires.

the only thing that sticks to snow is more snow so snow tires are designed to trap the snow in the blocks.the snow on snow gives you your traction.

a mud tire with trapped mud becomes a slick so its designed to self clean.

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The duratracs have siping and are snow rated- Mountain snowflake stamped on side wall, and the rubber compound is supposed to stay softer in below freezing temps, to aid in better winter driving traction. they will also do you right in the summertime!
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duratracs are the perfect tire. i've been drooling over them for a good while now.

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The duratracs have siping and are snow rated- Mountain snowflake stamped on side wall, and the rubber compound is supposed to stay softer in below freezing temps, to aid in better winter driving traction. they will also do you right in the summertime!
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duratracs are the perfect tire. i've been drooling over them for a good while now.

I absolutely agree. I love my DuraTracs
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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I dont think i would classify the Duratracs as mud tires, they are more an all around tire, and seem to be pretty good at everything.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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Hi

As the Duratracs is not allowed as a wintertire in Sweden I ordered the Cooper s/t Maxx instead, studded, that is approved as a wintertire. I do not know how they performe.

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in the states, the ST Max doesn't come in a 15", only 16" rims and up. they look pretty good. I saw them on a guy's chevy truck.
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The DT's rock in snow and mud. They last a long time, they're quiet, they're fairly light. What's not to like?

Blizzaks are better in the snow, but that's all they do. Unless you live really close to the Arctic Circle, run DuraTracs year 'round.

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