For the mass consumer, the first of these tires is most interesting - it is for passenger cars and is focused on the markets of the northern countries. The other two - freight - also deserve attention: freight, including winter, is constantly growing.
FOUR METERS OF SAFETY
Such is the superiority of the brake properties on ice of the Michelin X-ice North tire over its direct competitors. Which ones? One can only guess - names are not accepted. We were offered to compare the X-ice North with the tires of the previous generation of Michelin Ivalo 2. Let's start.
"Audi A4" with new tires, accelerating to 50 km / h, obediently froze in the corridor of bright red cones. The car coming next to the chirping of a full-blown ABS rolls forward several meters. The second race, the third, fourth - the situation is repeated. I’m not in a hurry to look at the tires - and it’s so clear which one showed the best result. I sit behind the wheel: indeed, with new tires, the car more actively responds to the touch of the brake pedal - allows you to more accurately calculate the path length. It is more collected than his reaction in the snow, where he better obeys the steering wheel, accelerates more efficiently, slows down. And let it drop by bit, bit by bit, but in the end it turns out faster, and most importantly - more thoroughly. I’ll add that the car is more understandable and obedient when correcting skidding.
It seems that the tire, as they say, turned out. The authors claim: they managed to optimize the studs, they are firmly held by the “pillow” - a hard base layer, on top of which is applied an elastic silicon-containing tread mixture. As a result, a stable protrusion height of 1.2 mm is guaranteed for 95% of the studs. Need I say how important this is on ice.
Another highlight of the novelty is the special construction of lamellas, called Tri-Active-Sipes, which provides excellent traction and handling properties. The original V-shaped tread pattern contributes to the best drainage of water and melted snow. On the side surfaces of the pieces - sawtooth faces that improve patency.
Michelin X-ice North should be produced in 14 sizes (up to 215 / 55R17). It is significant that the most popular dimensions of 13 and 14 inches will be made only at a Russian enterprise in Davydov, Moscow Region. From here they will be delivered to the countries of Northern Europe.
DOUBLE WAVE AND DROP OF WATER
Under such names, lamella designs for truck winter tires are patented. Unfortunately, our acquaintance with them was incomplete - it was not possible to ride on new tires.
Designed for mounting on a Michelin XDN2 Grip drive axle, it has a directional tread pattern, combining both types of lamellas. “Double Wave” works in vertical and horizontal directions and increases the grip of the tire with poor road surface - wet, snowy, with ice. Well, the “Drop of Water” lamellas are for another. Located in the depths of the tread blocks, when the tire wears, they form new clinging edges, restoring traction. Result? Increased mileage up to 25% and the ability to deepen the tread pattern (up to 23.5 mm instead of 21). The creators of the tire claim that all this allows you to operate the same kit for two winter seasons.