Originally Posted by z0lt3c
My 18" Michelin Latitudes pretty much suck in the snow, even just a thin coating and they loose traction. It's a little better w/ the SNOW setting but I am shocked how bad these tires are in any amount of snow.
Originally Posted by amill
that's because they are all seasons. As soon as the temp drops they loose most of their grip.
With the Latitudes, I don't think that's it's because they're All Seasons, I think it's more like they're barely
All Seasons. They label them all season tires, but, IMO, they lean very close to being standard summer touring tires than most other all season tires do. When I first saw them I was like, "those
are supposed to be All Season"?
Originally Posted by tony4311
What about AT vs winter tires? I'm looking to get a GC next year. Only had cars so far so AT has never been an option for me. I'd rather not have two sets of wheels/tires to swap out if something better than all-season tires works fine year round.
I'm the same way. I don't like to bother with two sets of tires; I don't have the storage space.
I've run AT tires on my last two SUVs... Explorer and Liberty. They've always been great in the snow.
I think I usually ran Michelin ATs on my Explorer (which have since been replaced by newer "AT/2" model). They did pretty good.
On my Liberty, I ran Bridgestone Revo tires for most of that vehicles life. They were great in the snow. Did good on ice. Horrible tread life. Extremely noisy.
The last couple years of the Liberty, I ran Firestone Destination AT tires. They were fabulous on both snow and ice. I couldn't have asked for a better "snow" tire. They were a quiet tire in the beginning, but started to get as noisy as the Revos once the tread started to wear down. Better tread life than the Revos, but still not the greatest, but that's one of the trade offs with an AT.
I still have my factory Latitudes on my WK2 and am debating what to do for the winter. (And I'm currently sitting here at work with an expected 6"-8" of snow due to today, so I'm actually a bit nervous about my drive home.)
I've heard good things about the Goodyear Silent Armor's, but they look like overkill for me... I do way too much highway driving to run them year round, I think.
Also thinking about Destination AT's again.
Also looking at Michelin AT/2s. I've heard mixed things about them. They're supposedly pretty good on the highway - low noise, etc. for an AT tire. Some people think they're good in snow. Others think they should be better. I'm thinking they might be good enough
for me, and yet still give me good enough summer highway performance. It's all trade offs.