I'm reposting this from a recent thread
Winter driving....Snow tires.
I should be receiving these Nokian WR tires this week.
Winter Driving.... Snow Tires
I wasn't satisfied with the snow/ice handling last winter with the Michelin all weather cross terrains so I've been doing a fair amount of research to get the same size stock 235/65-R17
snow tires after reading reviews and speaking with some tire shops in Colorado and Chicago I've decided to try the new
Nokian WR. I've only heard amazing things about this tire. It's predecessor the NRW was given a great review in Nov 2002 Consumer reports except for wet handling/braking. This new Nokian WR has resolved that issue and comes with a 50,000 mile tread warranty. (It also comes in H 130 mph and V 150 mph rating).
I ordered mine from etires for $146/ tire +$36 total shipping
I also called meadowcreek who should have them in by the beginning of next week for ~$134/tire but shipping costs~15/tire
ph#877-463-8473 (outside of Chicago)
phone#800-222-7360 (out of Colorado)
I hope to see significant improvement in snow /ice traction and I'll try to report back after I've had some significant experience with them.
Has anyone on this board had experience with these tires?
Info and report on the Nokian WR:
The Nokian WR is the next generation of "All Weather Plus" tires, replacing the wildly popular Nokian NRW.
Nokian testing shows the WR offers significant improvements over the NRW in areas such as snow traction, slush-planning, and especially wet braking, without sacrificing the ride comfort and long tread life that Nokian customers have enjoyed for years.
The Nokian WR carries a "mountain/snowflake" designation, which means it has passed the industry testing for severe winter driving and so it is officially a winter tire. But with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty, and luxurious quiet ride, many of our customers drive the tire year round, saving themselves the expense and hassle of changing over their snow tires each year.
Due to the exceptional snow and ice traction provided by the WR's unique tread compound and tread design, these tires must be used in sets of four to help ensure proper vehicle control.
Nokian Tyres Oyj Press release 5 February 2002 3.30 p.m. 1/1
A NEW WINTER TYRE FROM NOKIAN TYRES FOR FAST DRIVING
Nokian Tyres is launching a new tyre to the market. The Nokian WR
reflects the know-how of the Nordic tyre factory in the field of
high-performance winter tyres. The Nokian WR is developed in
particular for the needs of drivers in Central Europe, and what is
known as the all weather plus category, in the North American
markets. The product is manufactured in T, H, V and W speed
categories, which clearly show a stronger growth than other tyre
The size range covers the most important tyre sizes of Europe and
the US. One particular size (235/50 R 18 W) is intended for top
speed driving (270 km/hour), and is the world's fastest winter tyre.
The products will be available world-wide for consumers in Autumn
The Nokian WR is developed for fast driving and changing wintery
conditions. Special emphasis has been placed on the tyre's handling
and wet grip properties. The Nokian WR tread is a new full silica
compound that considerably increases
the tyre's wet grip and wear.
The innovative product replaces the Nokian NRW winter tyre, which
achieved excellent test results in Autumn 2001 published by
significant German magazines.
Nokian Tyres plc
Vice President, Public Information
For additional information: Mr. Kim Gran, President and
CEO,telephone (03) 340 7336.