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Old December 29th, 2017, 11:07   #61
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I'm thinking that reversal of tread direction is self-canceling. Any benefits you get from the tread wanting to bite harder during braking is likely going to be canceled by the fact that it's going to end up packing more water/snow in front of the tire. In rainy conditions, which I'm quite familiar with, the tire is going to be hydroplaning more due to the loss of channeling (from intended orientation). I'll admit that I don't deal with a lot of snow, but I figure the same principles tend to apply. Icy surfaces, if only ice, might be a slightly different story.
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Old December 29th, 2017, 16:57   #62
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I have a 2004 Jetta automatic wagen tdi and always have studded winter tires, awesome for winter conditions for here in northwest b.c.
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I saw your user name and thought"this Guy will solve the debate on this thread"
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Old December 30th, 2017, 07:42   #64
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I just put a set of Nokian Nordman studded snows on my golf, and they are AMAZING in deep snow. Even better than the Hakkapeliitta's I've had in the past.
Even as we differentiate among "no season" tires and "winter tires", some winter tires are optimized for different conditions. The Nordmans are the way to go for deeper, uncompacted snow. In those circumstances they're better than even the Nokian Hakkapeliittas. On compacted snow and ice, though, Hakkas are the ones you want (if $$$ is no object).
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Even as we differentiate among "no season" tires and "winter tires", some winter tires are optimized for different conditions. The Nordmans are the way to go for deeper, uncompacted snow. In those circumstances they're better than even the Nokian Hakkapeliittas. On compacted snow and ice, though, Hakkas are the ones you want (if $$$ is no object).
Well, to be fair, the last time I had Hakkas was about 10 years ago- they've undoubtedly improved since then(and they were excellent back then). My studded Nordmans would probably run circles around un- studded Hakkas on ice though. Studded Hakkas are probably the pinnacle of snow tire performance.
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Even as we differentiate among "no season" tires and "winter tires", some winter tires are optimized for different conditions. The Nordmans are the way to go for deeper, uncompacted snow. In those circumstances they're better than even the Nokian Hakkapeliittas. On compacted snow and ice, though, Hakkas are the ones you want (if $$$ is no object).
Nordmans are old hakkapeliita tires sold at a entry level price to get new customers into the brand
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