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Old 04-04-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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Those of us who deal with snow- What are the Top 5 snow tires?

I know that Good Year Duratracs are rated highly for snow. But what are some others that could give us a Top 5? And this is for non studded tires.

I live in MI and go up to my buddy's cabin quite a bit and his cabin is in the snow belt. Just trying to get a list together of the top 5 tires for snow.



1. Good Year Duratrac
2.
3.
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Are you looking for SNOW tires or AT type all season tires that are good in snow?
Any all year tire is going to suck compared to a dedicated snow tire

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My Cooper Discoverer AT3s were great in the snow we had this winter here in MA. We had quite a bit more than usual and I never was worried about getting stuck with the Coopers.
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I've had good experiences with the Yokohoma Geolander A/T-S tire. I am not running them on my Jeep but I have had them on previous trucks and they performed great in the snow/ice here.
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Are you looking for SNOW tires or AT type all season tires that are good in snow?
Any all year tire is going to suck compared to a dedicated snow tire

I am looking for something that does really good in snow but that you can also drive on the interstate with . Our cabins is about 3-4 hours away with about 2 1/2 - 3 hours of that interstate driving.
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What size are you looking for?
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What size are you looking for?
Looking for a 35 to run on a 17" wheel.
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Looking for a 35 to run on a 17" wheel.
That takes out all of the true winter tires and leaves you with All/Terrains (of varying aggressiveness) and Mud Tires.

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Luggy mudders like some supper swampers if your doin some deep snow wheelin. And as wide as you can.
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My Cooper Discoverer AT3s were great in the snow we had this winter here in MA. We had quite a bit more than usual and I never was worried about getting stuck with the Coopers.
I'll second the Cooper Discovery AT3's.

Great tires in snow and on pavement.
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BFG all terrain is good and snow and amazing in sand if you like beach driving. I also have great experience with my Yokohama geolandar at-s. I only have 32" ones but I've never been stuck when my wheels were on the ground. Getting high centered I have tho. But 35's would fix that. I drive thru a lot of snow as my camp is 1.5 miles down a hilly dirt road that doesn't get plowed for a few days after storms

They are also very quiet on the road and good on gas. Ill probably buy them again when I go to 35's. I don't like wheeling in deep mud, I mainly do rocks, woods trails and mud less than 12 inches. But I'm very satisfied with how they are off road
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That takes out all of the true winter tires and leaves you with All/Terrains (of varying aggressiveness) and Mud Tires.

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The problem lies with siping, tread compound and studs, can you run studs Greg?
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BFG all terrain is good and snow and amazing in sand if you like beach driving. I also have great experience with my Yokohama geolandar at-s. I only have 32" ones but I've never been stuck when my wheels were on the ground. Getting high centered I have tho. But 35's would fix that. I drive thru a lot of snow as my camp is 1.5 miles down a hilly dirt road that doesn't get plowed for a few days after storms

They are also very quiet on the road and good on gas. Ill probably buy them again when I go to 35's. I don't like wheeling in deep mud, I mainly do rocks, woods trails and mud less than 12 inches. But I'm very satisfied with how they are off road
Love the pic! Winter time with snow is my favorite time of the year!!

So you are saying the AT's not the MT's correct?
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The problem lies with siping, tread compound and studs, can you run studs Greg?
No we can't run studs here in MI.

Thanks for all the replies so far, much appreciated. I am writing all the replies down so I can start shopping and be ready for next winter.
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Got it, studs are permitted in Alaska lol. One of the reasons I can't go bigger
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Love the pic! Winter time with snow is my favorite time of the year!!

So you are saying the AT's not the MT's correct?
I'm saying AT's just because I don't really love driving thru seem mud so mud tires aren't very needed. Plus they will have better mileage, last longer, and are quieter

But then again if you like a lot of mud then they might be for you. If you do end up getting mud tires make sure you get siped tires like the cooper discover STT
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I drive through a lot of snow and have had the PitBull Rockers for the last 2 winters. I ran Duratracs one winter and they were good but not as good in snow as the Pitbulls.
Actually Duratracs and BFG A/T are the only 2 snow rated 35s (snowflake on the sidewall). A/Ts do not handle deeper snow well due to lack of sidebiters on the sidewalls and side tread.
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I drive through a lot of snow and have had the PitBull Rockers for the last 2 winters. I ran Duratracs one winter and they were good but not as good in snow as the Pitbulls.
Actually Duratracs and BFG A/T are the only 2 snow rated 35s (snowflake on the sidewall). A/Ts do not handle deeper snow well due to lack of sidebiters on the sidewalls and side tread.
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Greetings from Montreal, Canada!

I bought my new 2013 2drs Rubicon smack in the middle of snow season and put Blizzaks DM-V1 tires on it.
For almost two weeks I seriously thought my ESC was broken coz I never saw the ESC activation light come on while driving in pretty horrible snowy/icy conditions!
At some point I just blocked the front tire on a rock, deep in snow (while in 2h) and gave it some gas then, finally, they span and the light came on!

I drove recently another 4x4 with duratracs on and these were pretty good BUT if the temperature dips below -30C/-22F they become a bit too hard and a bit less effective then the Blizzaks.

So imho, regardless of size availability:
1-Nokian Hakkapeliita 7;
2-Blizzak DM-V1;
3-GY Duratrac;
4-Cooper Discoverer A/T3;
5-GY Wrangler Silent Armor;
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I'll second the Cooper Discovery AT3's.

Great tires in snow and on pavement.
I "third" that. I have the Cooper Discoverer on my 2002 Dodge Quad 4x4. They are very similar to a Bridgestone Blizzak(on our 06 Sienna AWD).
Both are great on ice and snow.
Got the Coopers at Discount tire.
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I have the Cooper AT3s on my XTerra they're fantastic in pretty much most conditions. Dry, wet, snow you name it.
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Hey neighbour!

I got sick of swapping tires twice a year. So I went with severe condition rated A/T's (the snowflake symbol). Other AT's may certainly perform well, but don't have that rating and may prompt a 200-300$ fine...

And you're right, they are not as good as dedicated winter tires when the temperature drops below -10C. In no specific order (there may be more out there):

GY Duratracs
GY Silent Armor
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I think some tires good in shallow snow and not as good in deep snow, while others are good deep snow and not so good in shallow snow (Duratracs?).
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Another Vote for the Geolandar A/T-S.

Had them on my TJ and now my JK.

Another good one I've had Experience with is the Cooper Zeon LTZ.
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I had my nitto trail grapplers siped that are on my dodge 3500 and it does great in the snow and ice.
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lol I just noticed that the fine is roughly the price of one tire!

Imho the real problem (and real value of true winter tire) is stopping the jeep sooner.
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Imho the real problem (and real value of true winter tire) is stopping the jeep sooner.
Yep. But then again who follows the 1 car length per 10mph rule...

Seriously, I live in Montreal, and spent most of the winter in 2H. The stupid winter tire law resulted in a lot of knobs using winter tires in the summer. When winter shows up, their tires are useless. I, for one, live with my choice (and drive accordingly)

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Yep. But then again who follows the 1 car length per 10mph rule...

Seriously, I live in Montreal, and spent most of the winter in 2H. The stupid winter tire law resulted in a lot of knobs using winter tires in the summer. When winter shows up, their tires are useless. I, for one, live with my choice (and drive accordingly)

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So true!
Twice this year I almost got Toned by someone trying to beat the yellow light only for them to waltz around and across the street, and I was saved by my tires! (remember that storm with the 19"?)
Anyway, for fellow jeepers looking for winter tires, whatever you choose, drive safely!
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What do you mean by good in snow? City snow or trail snow? City snow, even the stock Duellers are great, offroad snow, I dont know but i'd like to find out, coz that has been my weakest link all winter...
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I'll second the Cooper Discovery AT3's.

Great tires in snow and on pavement.
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