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Old 05-15-2017, 03:28 AM   #301
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Papillion, NE
2000 2.5RS Coupe
Blue Ridge Pearl

Default Nokian WR G2 SUV

#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)
Nokian WR G2 SUV 225/55R18
Vehicle- 2015 Forester XT Touring

#2.) what is your geographic location
1. Omaha, NE

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)
Daily Driver

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving
50% Highway / 50% City

#5.) your review and personal comments
I wanted a great winter tire for my wife's Forester, so after doing some research, and once again taking Nebraska winters into account, I decided to use the Nokian tires. These tires worked well in the snow and ice that we received, and did decent in rain with some pulling in large puddles that the AWD system would counter shortly after initiation. While the roads were dry and cold the tire did good at gripping and turning and worked well at everything we needed them to do.

As spring came around, I decided to keep these on the car and the hot summer here in Nebraska, plus they made a trip to Jacksonville, FL. Now in the hot weather they do feel slightly giving in the sidewall upon initial turn-in. That feeling does quickly subside, but after a year of that we went through another winter with no problems. This spring I ended up changing out the WRG2s for a set of Pilot Sport AS3+ as the Nokians just don't inspire the confidence in extreme heat (pavement temps over 95F) even though they advertised them as an All-Season at the time I purchased them in 2015.

I will be putting the same set back on for winter again though (November 2017)!
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:46 PM   #302
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Join Date: Mar 2017
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: Burnaby
2017 WRX
WR Blue


#1.) what tire are you offering for review (please include size)

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 in a 235/45R17 97 R XL (on my stock 2017 WRX rims)

#2.) what is your geographic location

Burnaby, BC, Canada.

That said, I also spend a great deal of time driving BC mountain passes on route to Calgary and various ski hills.

#3.) what types of driving events if any (i.e. track, AutoX, RallyX)

Daily driver (with the occasional winter hooning session).

#4.) percent of highway vs. city driving

Approximately 65/35 highway/city.

#5.) your review and personal comments

I had an older version of the Hakkapeliita on a previous car that prompted the purchase. They’re still the best overall winter tires I’ve ever driven. Put in concert with my WRX’s AWD system, I’ve never felt more comfortable tackling horrendous winter roads. Ice, compact snow, slush, whatever the road had to throw our way these tires gripped with aplomb. Living in the Vancouver area I also had the opportunity to sample performance in heavy rain where the Hakkapeliita’s performed admirably. They’re not cheap at $276.17 (Canadian)/tire but “you get what you pay for” rings especially true in this case.

If you’re the type to run two sets of tires (summer/winter) these are hands down my top pick for winter rubber.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:25 PM   #303
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I've got the new Michelin pilot series on stock 07 XT, 245/70/r17 and there awesome, I'm in Montana on mostly highway and dirt roads, they seem to have good traction when needed but even my basically stock xt can drop the clutch to provide a solid burn
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