Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 Studded Snow Tires

I went online to find out which studded snow tires would be the best choice for our Subaru Outback. After reading some reviews I decided to mount the wheels on the Outback with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 Studded Snow Tires. We have been getting lots of snow in Tahoe this season and it's a long potentially snowy drive out to Kirkwood where we are shooting photos this winter. Even on nice days the patches of shade created by trees make dangerous icy spots.

This tire has exceeded my expectations. I have had winter studded snow tires before but these are on another level of performance entirely. Now we don't think twice about heading off into the storm. We just get in and go. The traction during acceleration has improved dramatically on icy roads. Handling and control have also greatly improved. But my biggest shocker was the improvement during braking situations on icy roads, these amazing tires make a phenomenal difference. I could stop much, much better on ice and snow than before, WOW!!! I can stop... Worth mentioning is the performance on wet slushy roads, just superb. It often rains before or after a storm in Tahoe and that makes for slush on the road, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 Studded Snow Tires channel the slush out and away so they are ready for more. You have to try  pretty hard to get these puppies to hydro-plane.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 Tread Pattern

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