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View Poll Results: What 16" winter tire should I choose?
Michelin X-Ice Xi2 2 50.00%
Continental ExtremeWinterContact 1 25.00%
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D 1 25.00%
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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I have a 2011 wrx hatch in need of a winter setup. I love the wheels that came with my premium edition but unfortunately summer tires do not work in the snow so I need to do some minus one sizing. I'm stuck between deciding on 3 tires: Michelin X-ice XI2 (studless), Continental ExtremeWinterContact (studless), or Dunlop wintersport 3d (performance). I will be putting these on new steelies from tirerack. I live in central/south NJ and drive 70 miles round trip (mostly highway driving) on a daily basis. I am a nurse so I need to get to the hospital in northern jersey in any driving condition. Please help as I am new to anything subaru or for my subaru. Input would be very beneficial too. Thanks!
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:51 AM   #2
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I commute 100 miles a day on these between October 1 and April 1; about 13K-15K miles a year.

Michelin X-Ice Xi2 are what I have been running for two years now. I have been on everything from dry roads to water over ice and all in between. The tires handle the winter conditions better than any studded set I ever ran in the 15 years I have been in Alaska.

Not that you asked but, If I were to go studded, it would be the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 hands down. IMHO, the two best winter tires on the market today.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:45 AM   #3
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Im running the xi2s as well on my 2011 wrx on 16" moda wheels from tire rack and they are awesome. The continentals rated better on tire rack but the xi2s have better dry road ratings from them.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:48 PM   #4
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any others out there with experience with any of these 3 tires?
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #5
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I'm assuming you're in a part of NJ that gets a lot of snow (or cold temps + wet precipitation), so I'm avoiding the Dunlop for that reason.

Between the Conti and the Michelin, there's probably not going to be a whole lot of difference. My vote here is more of "the X-Ice is working really well for me, so it should for you, too," not the voice of "I've tried both in the same conditions and the Xi2 is better." I like the ride of the Xi2 (it doesn't feel entirely squirmy under light to moderate driving), and it's actually quite quiet at most speeds. Snow traction has been excellent. No ice here yet.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:05 PM   #6
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Why do you avoid 3Ds if there is "a lot of snow (or cold temps + wet precipitation)"?
If I am not mistaken 3D weaknes is ice, it handles everything else well or very well.

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Old 12-28-2010, 09:35 AM   #7
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if you're commuting that much on what is usually a dry road, i would use a performance winter. they aren't quite as good as full winters in the bad stuff, but they are way better than all-seasons, and they will last longer in the dry and above freezing temps than full winters.

if you drive two cars in winter, put full winters on the one that will be driven in the nasty stuff if you can drive the other one for warmer, dry days.

I also prefer performance winters paired with summers, so that I can put them on a little earlier and take them off a little later without as much excess wear.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:33 AM   #8
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Why do you avoid 3Ds if there is "a lot of snow (or cold temps + wet precipitation)"?
If I am not mistaken 3D weaknes is ice, it handles everything else well or very well.

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I knew I shouldn't have voted... you may be right here. I'm not familiar enough with the climate in the OP's part of NJ to really know what weather conditions he'll be facing most often. I zeroed in on the "get to work at any cost" part and ignored whether icy roads ever happen there.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:52 AM   #9
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there is certainly ice, but performance winters still have lots of tiny sipes to help get grip on ice. they definitely don't work as well as the better full winters in ice, but they will last a lot longer in the typical warmer days of winters we get in this area. so, there is a decision that has to be made for sure...for the best ice grip in our climate, you will spend a lot more over multiple seasons.

just as a reference, my dad was going through a set of blizzaks every winter on my stepmom's car because it was warm for so many days, and she drives like a grandma. there are full winters that will last longer, but the blizzaks were the one of the absolute top ice tires at the time (I think they still are). I am starting my third season on performance winters with the STi, and I do a lot more driving, more aggressively. I will wear them down to the 5/32 recommended minimum for sure this year, but I'm not sure how far into the season. I just plan on waiting for next year to get new ones, and maybe getting another rallycross or two in on these tires over the summer.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:16 PM   #10
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I would certainly give the edge to the Michelin out of the 3 you have listed. However there are better tires for your needs.

my list in this order

Nokian WRG2 will do everything you need and more, plus you can run them year round! 50 k treadware.
Vredestein Snow trac 3 Please look at this tire!It has won almost every euro snow tyre test including ADACmotorwelt, Stiftung Warentest,Auto touring,Swiss T.C.S,ANWB.
Hankook Icept 310 great lower cost snow tire Rated high in Consumer report.
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