Among the non-studded tires, the leaders remained the same, but settled down somewhat differently than in the previous series of tests. The reason is a change in the composition of Continental and Nokian tires.
The most effective was the modernization of Nokian. She allowed the HKPL R to climb the top step of the pedestal. However, these are the most expensive winter tires paired with the Michelin - they have a price / quality ratio of 4.0.
Marking the route of the exercise is a responsible job. The configuration and dimensions of the corridors should be the same in all races
Marking the route of the exercise is a responsible job. The configuration and dimensions of the corridors should be the same in all races. Marking the route of the exercise is a responsible job. The configuration and dimensions of the corridors should be the same in all races.
Conti Viking Contact 5 has also updated the mix, but the result is less successful: second place, but the balance of price and quality, estimated at 3.8, is more attractive.
The third was Michelin X-Ice 2, losing only 2% to the leader.
The fourth place was taken by the newcomer of Russian roads Bridgestone-Blizak Revo GZ, he was slightly behind the first three. His result is 887 points (losing to the leader a little more than 5%) and an attractive price / quality ratio: 3.6.
Stability is a subjective assessment, therefore, to pass a “sentence” you need to listen to the opinions of all experts
Stability is a subjective assessment, therefore, to pass a “sentence” you need to listen to the opinions of all experts. Stability is a subjective assessment, therefore, to pass a “sentence” you need to listen to the opinions of all experts.
Domestic products were located at a distance: “Cordiant-Polar SL” - fifth place, “Amtel-Nord Master CL” - sixth.
But in the competition studded tires was full of surprises. The Italian Pirelli Carving Edge made it to the very top and share first place with the Michelin XIN 2. With the same points, the Pirelli are more attractive in terms of price / quality ratio - 3.0 versus 3.7 for Michelin. However, Pirelli’s high results were overshadowed by spikes - by the end of the tests, the front wheels had lost almost half of their “teeth”.
The lateral grip of the tires is determined by the maximum speed on the ice and rolled snow circles
The lateral grip of the tires is determined by the maximum speed on the ice and rolled snow circles. The lateral grip of the tires is determined by the maximum speed on the ice and rolled snow circles.
The controversy of the new Conti Ice Contact with the Nokian HKPL 7 also ended in a draw: they divided the third or fourth places. “Conti” is only slightly more profitable in terms of price and quality balance: 3.8 versus 3.9 for “Nokian”. I note that the final points of the tires that took the first four places differ only within 1%! In other words, in terms of the combination of consumer qualities, they are almost the same, and when choosing it is worth paying attention to those characteristics that are important specifically for your operating conditions.
Fifth place with a score of 881 points was taken by Gislaved-NF5. The brand that is popular in Russia in terms of price / quality is on a par with Nokian: 3.9.
To assess the cross-country ability, each set of tires works on a new section of virgin snow
To assess the cross-country ability, each set of tires works on a new section of virgin snow. To assess the cross-country ability, each set of tires works on a new section of virgin snow.
Domestic “Cordiant Sno-Max” with a seductive balance of price / quality ratio of 2.7 took sixth place, gaining 867 points.
On the seventh - recently appeared on the market "Kontir-Arctic Ice", the brainchild of the Moscow Tire Plant. It is sold cheaply, therefore the price / quality ratio is the best: 2.4.
The outgoing Bridgestone model “Ice Cruiser 5000” shows a weak result against the background of famous brands: 828 points and only eighth place. Moreover, in terms of price / quality - on a par with Michelin.
The maximum permutation speed is determined in the corridors, limited by bright cones
The maximum permutation speed is determined in the corridors, limited by bright cones. The maximum permutation speed is determined in the corridors, limited by bright cones.
Closing the parade is far from the new Amtel-Nord Master ST310. 808 points is a very weak result. However, the price / quality ratio of 2.7 is on par with the stronger Cordiant.
CONVENTIONAL WINTER TIRES
Amtel NordMaster CL
* Hereinafter - after testing.
Tires with the hardness of summer tires were alerted even during the inspection. Indeed, riding them on ice requires great care: they accelerate and slow down very badly. The lateral grip is weak - the ice circle is slow, but still slightly ahead of the Bridgestone. In the snow, the grip is very sad, and the braking distance is the longest. The course on the winter road is uncertain - the car scours even on small irregularities, it pulls in the direction of deeper snow; Moreover, the “zero” on the steering wheel is very wide. They are also reluctant to turn on the winter road: delayed reactions, blurred behavior. At the entrance to the turn - demolition, on the arc - a progressive drift. Slippage early on snow and ice. Understanding the car is hindered by the lack of information on the steering wheel.
Snowdrifts overcome only by running. Touching in the snow should be very careful, without slipping, otherwise you will dig in.
But on the pavement clearly keep the desired direction, slow down on dry and wet surfaces better than others.
They do not indulge in comfort: they buzz and howl on any road. Itch and shake even on microroughness, as if pumped.
They roll hard, because the fuel consumption is too big.
+ The best braking properties on dry and wet asphalt, good directional stability on asphalt.
- Very weak grip on ice and snow, problematic directional stability and handling on snow, low traffic, uncomfortable, create increased fuel consumption.
Will fit as a "demi-season shoe."
Cordiant Polar SL
Unbalanced poorly - they accelerate and turn well, but they don’t want to stop, the braking distance is only slightly shorter than that of Amtel. They do not shine in the snow either: they accelerate uncertainly, glide early in turns, slow down slightly, showing the penultimate result. It is easier to keep the car on a snowy straight line than on Amtel, but there are also comments here: the smeared “zero” zone on the steering wheel, there is almost no feedback. When cornering, they show insufficiently clear reactions and serious delays. Speed is limited by a small but unpleasantly sharp drift.
In deep snow, they are similar to Amtel: they drive uncertainly, maneuver reluctantly, and dig in when slipping. But on the pavement - the exact opposite: exchange rate stability is poor. Here, as on a snowy road, the driver is hindered by an uninformative steering wheel and significant delays in course correction. They brake the worst, on a dry road they lose the best result 4 meters, and on wet asphalt as many as seven! Not quite comfortable - howl and voice the change of coverage. Shake on bumps. They roll slightly worse than average, consuming fuel like the Conti.
+ Average acceleration and lateral grip on ice.
- Worst braking on dry and wet asphalt, poor braking properties on ice and snow, low directional stability on asphalt, poor cross-country ability.
Suitable for a leisurely ride on partially icy and snowy tracks
Bridgestone Blizzak Revo GZ
Novelty On ice, an unpleasant imbalance of longitudinal and transverse coupling properties is annoying. They accelerate and brake well, and slip in corners even earlier than Amtela. The tread rubber is soft, but the lamellas are cut across, so there is practically nothing to cling to the tires in turns. On a snowy road, the balance is slightly better: acceleration and grip in the corners are average - on a par with the Michelin, braking is noticeably better than average. It’s better to move in the snow in the snow, when slipping the adhesion to the coating drops sharply. The moment of the start of slippage is badly felt, but the contact is restored very quickly, you just need to slightly drop the gas.
On a straight line, the car keeps its course well and does not respond to bumps. I liked the clear, understandable "zero". They turn confidently - providing a tight steering wheel and clear reactions. The behavior is adequate, without surprises, soft, predictable drift to the limit.
Snowdrifts do not like. Here they are similar to Amtel and Cordiant - we are moving only in a tight pull - even a small slip is fraught with instillation. On the pavement, the line is kept straight, without comment. They brake well - on dry and wet surfaces they show average results. On rough asphalt, they are noisy, they loudly voice the change of coating. Shake well on large bumps.
Roll average, respectively, and average fuel consumption.
+ Good braking properties on snow, ice, exchange rate stability on any winter road, clear handling, modest fuel consumption at high speed.
- Low lateral grip on ice, maneuverability and comfort level, weak braking on wet asphalt.
For rolled winter roads. In the fields - no, no
Michelin X-Ice 2
A model of stability and balance! The most equal tires in all characteristics, in addition, they do not have ratings below 7 points. On ice they slow down the best. The lap is the fastest, overclocking results are in the top three. In the snow, the situation is almost the same - better braking, average results in acceleration and rearrangement. They walk smoothly along the snowy road, react immediately to the course correction. There are some minor comments on handling. At the entrance to a sharp turn, with significant steering angles, slight delays occur, provoking the driver to a turn. As a result, skidding may already occur on the arc, requiring quick and accurate adjustment.
They deal with virgin snow more confidently than the others - they go through the snowdrifts in any mode - at least they can pull, even with intensive skidding, they can easily maneuver. Heading stability on the asphalt is not bad, but we lowered the score to 7 points for not clear enough zero and slight delays when taxiing. Braking on wet asphalt is average, on dry - slightly worse. Ride - large and medium-sized irregularities are not noticed, and small pass light tremors to the body. Quiet but typical Michelin-like melodicity changes the tone depending on the quality of the coating. They roll well, consume fuel modestly, only Nokian is better.
+ Better braking on ice and snow, lateral grip on ice, a clear course on a snowy road, low fuel consumption.
- Modest braking performance on dry pavement.
Most balanced. Suitable for those who value fuel efficiency
Continental ContiVikingContact 5
Tires are slightly modernized - in ice and snow disciplines they slightly reduced their capabilities, but noticeably added to asphalt exercises. As a result, the character of the fifth Viking has become more balanced. Nevertheless, acceleration on ice remained the best, braking and lateral properties are average. Acceleration in the snow is also very good, in the rearrangement - the highest speed, but braking is not their best talent. Exchange rate stability and the ability to adjust the course - no comment. Fast and reliable cornering is facilitated by clear reactions. The steering wheel is not as dense as on the "Bridge", but the reactions are more clear. The behavior is neutral - there are no pronounced breakdowns of the front or rear axle. During sharp steering operations, the shift to slip is accompanied by a tread of the front wheels.
In deep snow they move confidently, without problems and fear of slipping, but without Michelin enthusiasm. On asphalt, directional stability is good, steering reactions are clear, close to summer tires. Braking is good both on dry and wet roads, only hard Amtel is better here. Not very noisy, but they sound the change of coating, they buzz on granular asphalt. Pretty tough - vibrations occur on microroughnesses. The rolling resistance and fuel consumption are slightly worse than average, the same with the "Cordiant".
+ The best acceleration on ice and snow, speed at a rearrangement on a packed snowy road, good braking on dry and wet roads, an excellent course on asphalt, clear handling.
Safe in all conditions
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
These tires also underwent changes, because their results are significantly different from the tests two years ago. Acceleration and lateral grip are better than average on ice, while braking is the third result. In the snow, acceleration is simply cannon - the greater the slip, the more intense the acceleration. At the rearrangement, the second result is close to the leader in this exercise "Conti", braking is at an average level. They move along the virgin snow without problems, in any modes, easily maneuver. But to the all-terrain "Michelin" is not enough. The course on a snowy road is the clearest. I liked the elastic informative steering wheel and clear reaction to the adjustment.
In turns, they are controlled best of all - they are distinguished by clear reactions, understandable, “heavy” steering at zero and the absence of skidding. At the rearrangement, the steering wheel was highly informative. Real driver tires! On the pavement, the course is a very clear, almost summer reaction. They brake on a par with Michelin, medium on wet, and below average on dry surfaces. Not comfortable. Vibrate on microroughnesses, sound change of coverage. They roll best of all, therefore they allow saving fuel.
+ The best acceleration in the snow, lateral grip on ice, excellent course on any winter road, gambling handling, good cross, the most modest fuel consumption.
- Mediocre braking on dry asphalt, low level of comfort.
The most driver
Amtel NordMaster ST 310
They saw the light more than five years ago and have since been released unchanged. On the ice, just faceless. Coupling properties are more than modest. Acceleration is weak, lateral characteristics are worse than all, well, at least braking is close to average results. On snow, only acceleration can be recognized as normal; braking and lateral characteristics are below average. Unusually behave when starting and accelerating. They start quite confidently, but in the movement, unexpected slippage begins. They do not keep their course on a snowy road - the car is tacking. Even on small transverse slopes, the back slides off, causing a skid. In the corners do not rush. The steering wheel is heavy, but not informative. The machine reacts to its turns very lazily, demanding to turn it over. A slight excess of safe speed can lead to an unexpected ending - drift with an ejection outward or a drift with a turn.
Snowdrifts hate fiercely - when driving in deep snow it seems that the car abuts against a wall. When trying to start, they fail and dig in, do not want to turn, they go reluctantly backwards. You can ride on asphalt. On the line they swim a little and are late for course correction, but they slow down very well on both dry and wet surfaces. The movement is accompanied by a strong hum, increasing with increasing speed. Vibrate so that the entire interior rattles. Fuel consumption is average.
The size of the protrusion of the spikes and the growth rate of the protrusion is normal. There are no lost spikes, they hold firmly.
+ Good braking and satisfactory directional stability on asphalt.
- Modest grip on ice and snow, and transverse - the weakest, most problematic exchange rate stability and handling on the winter road, poor traffic in deep snow, low level of comfort.
Valid for well-cleared roads
Bridgestone Ice Cruiser 5000
In our market since 2005 - preparing to give way to a model with an index of 7000. I did not like it on ice at all. Accelerated worse than anyone, braking and lateral grip frankly none. In the snow, too, do not shine. They start and brake reluctantly, the top speed at the rearrangement is the lowest, which indicates poor transverse coupling properties. On a snowy road, they scour slightly.
In the corners, a clear reaction to the steering turn is pleasing, but that's where it all ends. When driving in an arc, the back of the car walks by itself and breaks into a strong drift. When adjusting it, the steering wheel has to be turned at very large angles. The second option - when entering the turn, a drift occurs, leading to prolonged sliding of the front axle.
They overcome deep snow uncertainly, turn reluctantly. On the asphalt line go smoothly. Braking on dry asphalt is average, on wet asphalt, weak, the worst stopping distance is only on Continental. They make a lot of noise. On a flat road, the howl of the tread and the voicing of road joints annoy. Fairly shake on medium and small irregularities. Fuel consumption is average. The spikes are too deep, the pace of performance is normal, securely fixed.
+ Good braking properties and directional stability on dry asphalt, satisfactory ride and patency in deep snow.
- Modest grip on ice and snow, braking on wet surfaces, ambiguous handling on the winter road, high noise level.
For partially snowy roads
Contyre arctic ice
The tire, created by order of the Yaroslavl LLC Avtoshina in 2006, is produced by the Belotserkovsky Tire Plant. The tread pattern is a cross between Gislawed-NF 3 and Pirelli-Carving Edge. You should not hurry on an icy road - they slow down the worst, although acceleration and lateral grip are average. In the snow it is even worse: the transverse properties are weak, the longitudinal ones are the worst.
They hold the straight line indistinctly, swim, pull in deeper snow. In the corners, the behavior is far from ideal: they react without much delay, but they behave unstable and incomprehensibly - in the limit they break down into demolition, then into a drift. Disruptions and recovery are unpleasantly sharp, often leading to the next drift.
Deep snow overcome uncertainly. They require careful starting - they dig in. On the pavement in their element, they carry the car exactly like summer tires. They brake best on a dry road, and on a wet one they are very good, showing a second result. They howl and make noise even at low speed, amplifying the drone from 70 km / h. Impacts from road irregularities are transmitted to the body, and vibrations - to the controls. They roll on average, so they will not spend extra fuel. During the tests, the spikes "crawled out" by half a millimeter. A threatening hint of their quick loss. But we only lost one spike from the rear wheel.
+ The best braking on dry and very good on wet surfaces, decent directional stability on asphalt, satisfactory patency in deep snow.
- The worst brakes on ice, poor grip on snow, poor handling, loud noise.
Not for Russian winter
Cordiant Sno-Max PW 401
Created in 2008 by Sibur-Russian Tires. Hold on to the ice more or less confidently. Apparently, due to the significant protrusion of the spikes. Acceleration is weak, lateral clutch and brakes are average. Acceleration on snow is not impressive, lateral traction is closer to satisfactory, braking properties are not bad. On the winter road, the car drives slightly from side to side and pulls toward deeper snow. Manageability is poor - the car enters into a turn with a noticeable delay. A drift occurs on an arc of a steady radius, requiring timely adjustment. Sliding recovery is sharper than desired. Snowdrifts overcome without much enthusiasm, preferring a slight slip.
On the pavement at high speed make the car swim from side to side. Keeping her on track is difficult: a wide, smeared zero and sluggish reactions to the taxiing prevent it. They brake normally on dry asphalt, weakly on wet. Low-frequency rumble is issued at any speed, voiced road joints. They transmit vibrations to the body and startle on small irregularities. They roll badly, making them spend extra fuel. The projection of the spikes is very large - more than 2 mm, although the rate of their "growth" is normal. During the test, not a single spike is lost.
+ Good braking performance on dry pavement, satisfactory handling on the winter road, cross in deep snow.
- Modest acceleration on ice, poor directional stability on asphalt, increased fuel consumption, tough.
Average in almost everything
Gislaved Nord Frost 5
Created in 2006, since then it has been repeatedly modernized. Recently, the protrusion of the spikes has been varied.
They cling to the ice well, accelerate and keep in turns satisfactorily, slowing down better than average. They feel less confident on the snow - average acceleration, lateral grip far from the test leaders, brakes are rather weak - the results are very close to the Bridge and Amtel. To exchange rate stability on the winter road there is a remark: the car pulls in the direction of deep snow. In turns in the snow, they are slightly delayed in reactions, steering angles are greater than we would like. On a snowy road, demolition begins at the limit, and drift on ice. At the same time, we note very smooth transitions into glides and the same soft recovery.
They are not very confident in deep snow. When starting, they fail, which leads to instillation. In motion, they prefer a slight slipping, in an intensive sense there is no. They walk on asphalt smoothly, without comment, on dry brakes they are worse than average, along with their relative Continental. On a wet surface, on the contrary, the result of braking is good, better than with Conti, a couple of meters or more. They make noise with spikes, rustle with a protector. Jump on bumps, shake. Fuel consumption is average. The spike protrusion is normal, the protrusion growth during the examination is very small. It would seem that the spikes should hold firmly, but two spikes fell out of the right front wheel. Previously, “Gislavaeda” did not observe this.
+ Good longitudinal grip on ice and braking on wet asphalt, directional stability on asphalt.
- A modest cross in deep snow.
On ice is better than on snow
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7
Created in 2009, but have already been modernized in terms of rubber composition and stud shape. Accelerate on ice faster than anyone. The brakes are also very good, strong in lateral grip - on the circle they show the second or third result. On the snow a little weaker - in acceleration second place. Braking and lateral grip are good, but Michelin and Pirelli are still better. They walk smoothly along the snowy road, immediately respond to corrective driving movements. However, skidding occurs on the turning arc, which increases when the gas is discharged and requires small but accurate taxiing. This behavior can scare inexperienced drivers.
They walk in deep snow in any mode, not paying attention to the degree of slipping. They float slightly on the asphalt line, demonstrating an insufficiently clear “zero”. In coupling properties pass. On dry asphalt, the brakes are worse than everyone else; on wet, the braking result is slightly worse than average. For studded tires are very comfortable. They practically do not make noise; there are no complaints regarding the smoothness of the course. They roll very well, they allow saving fuel on a par with the Michelin at any speed. The spike protrusion is at the limit, but the protrusion increase rate is very modest - 0.1 mm during the test.
+ High grip on ice and snow, good cross in deep snow, comfortable, modest fuel consumption.
- The weakest braking properties on dry asphalt, small comments on handling on the winter road and directional stability on asphalt.
Not only for winter roads, but also for some off-road. Help save fuel
New, created last year. On ice are very good. Acceleration and lateral coupling properties in the first three. Braking is the best, almost a meter is won back from the nearest opponent! Roads covered with snow are not a hindrance either. The best acceleration, braking is also very good, at the rearrangement they are in the top three. On the winter road they carry the car straight. I liked the dense, informative steering wheel, but significantly pulled into deep snow. In turns, they demonstrate clear reactions and understandable behavior. They prefer smooth driving. On the arc there is a slight steering of the rear axle, which can go into a soft, screw-in skid.
Deep snowdrifts are not quite willing to overcome. When driving, they prefer intensive slipping, but at the same time, the edge of the beginning of instillation is not felt. It’s better to touch it, without slipping. They walk smoothly along the asphalt, but they do not shine with their grip. They slow down on a dry road worse than average. On wet pavement, a complete failure: loss to the leader of the exercise was more than 3 meters. They roll quietly, slightly voicing the change in coverage. On the irregularities tremble. Fuel consumption is moderate. The spikes hold securely, there are no losses. The size of the protrusion during the tests has not changed, despite the fact that it is at the tolerance limit.
+ High grip on ice and snow, clear handling on the winter road, good directional stability on asphalt.
- Weak braking on wet pavement, small notes on directional stability on a snowy road, maneuverability and smoothness.
Reliable on snowy and icy roads
Pirelli Winter Carving Edge
Created in 2007, during the existence of survived two modernization. The grip on ice is somewhat unbalanced. Acceleration is good, lateral grip is the best (including in terms of lap time), but, surprisingly, it does not slow down in the best way.
But in the snow they stop the car better than anyone, and this is with good acceleration and lateral coupling properties. They follow the snowy road clearly, without the intention of going into deep snow. Instantly respond to taxiing. Manageability is excellent: clear reactions and high information content provide reliable entry into any turns at a reasonable speed. The behavior of the machine is understandable, with a slight soft skid that helps to register a bend of any curvature, even changing.
Snowdrifts prevail confidently and in any modes. When starting off, they skid slightly, but do not bury. On the pavement they show a clear course, the steering wheel is dense and informative, with summer reactions. On wet roads they brake best. On dry, they are second only to Amtel and Kontayr with hard rubber. Consumption is average at city speeds, and in suburban regimes they are on a par with Michelin and Nokian. The spikes hold poorly, crawl out of the rubber almost before our eyes: 0.7 mm during the tests is a kind of record. Two front tires lost during the test more than a hundred studs - almost half.
+ Better braking on snow, high grip on snow and ice, best braking on wet asphalt and good on dry, excellent handling on the winter road and directional stability on asphalt, modest fuel consumption at a speed of 90 km / h.
- They brake on ice below average, small remarks on noise and smoothness of movement, spikes are unreliably held.
In winter they go like in summer
Michelin X-Ice North 2
We saw the light in 2009. Perhaps that is why, against the backdrop of Continental and the modernized Nokian and Pirelli, they do not shine with coupling properties. On ice they satisfactorily slow down, the lateral grip is a little worse, but I liked the acceleration very much.
On snow, the longitudinal grip is worse than normal, but lateral at height: at the rearrangement, the highest speed. On snowy roads go smoothly, without responding to bumps, small transverse slopes and different depths of cover. Perfectly controlled - clear reactions in the initial phase, soft and predictable behavior and smooth drift to the limit. Suitable for novice drivers.
They are not afraid of deep snow. The car confidently goes on them in any modes, easily maneuvers and is selected in reverse.
Stability on the pavement - no comment. Braking on wet is very good, on dry - normal. Humming a little, voicing joints and cracks. Vibrate on small irregularities, shudder at the joints. They roll better than others and consume fuel sparingly. There are no complaints about the quality of the studs. The size of the protrusion is the most modest of the top tires. This means minimal destructive effect on the coating.
+ High traction on ice and snow, good braking performance on wet pavement, excellent directional stability and handling on the winter road, patency in deep snow, modest fuel consumption.
- Small notes regarding noise and ride.
For any drivers and any roads. Help save fuel
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Pirelli official response
“We were very surprised to learn about the loss of studs with the Pirelli Carving Edge tires in your trials. The fact is that last fall we conducted a special test for holding studs in comparison with other tires with the help of the well-known independent northern test company. Pirelli Carving Edge performed very well, they did not have a loss of spikes.
Nevertheless, after receiving information from the test group “Behind the Wheel”, we conducted a thorough check and found out that in the products of one of the stud suppliers there are unacceptable deviations in the size of the case. After our appeal, this supplier instantly reacted - stabilized the size of the spikes. Pirelli is confident that our tires will no longer lose spikes.
Giuseppe Matraschia, Head of the Winter Tire Platform, Pirelli Science and Technology Center »
Together with the tire author, we tested Anton ANANYEV, Vadim KORABLEV, Yuri KUROCHKIN, Eugene LARIN, Anton MISHIN, Andrey OBRAZUMOV, Valery PAVLOV and Dmitry TESTOV.
We thank for the technical support of the staff of the DTR AvtoVAZ
Volgashintorg company (Tolyatti), as well as tire manufacturers who submitted their products for testing.