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Old 10-03-2018, 11:55 PM   #1
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Question PNW Winter Tires?

Subie noobie here... Just got a '16 STi Limited. Have the original OEM summer tires currently. What do folks run for winter tire here in the PNW (Seattle area)? Seems overkill to get a dedicated snow tire. Would an all season / all weather tire make more sense? Feedback please.

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Old 10-04-2018, 09:38 AM   #2
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I bought a set of Blizzaks and couldn't be happier. Work great for the snow and ice. With that being said I didn't bother putting them on last winter. Had to break out the ice scraper yesterday, thinking they might be getting used this winter.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:19 PM   #3
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It really depends on what type of driving you do in the winter. You could get by with a good ultra high performance all season for the most part, if you're not planning on driving up to the passes when weather is rough. IMO we don't get enough lowland snow to make getting snow tires worth it if strictly driving locally. If you spend a lot of time in the foothills and/or mountains in the winter where there could be snow on the road, a set of performance snows or studless snows might be a good option.

I've run all three in the winter on my WRX - UHP A/S (Goodyear Eagle F1, Michelin PS AS3), performance snow (Blizzak LM32), and studless snow (Blizzak WS60, WS80). I primarily drove on studless snows in the winter, as I was up snowboarding almost every weekend. You sacrifice A LOT of performance on tires like that though, so much so that now with my Focus RS I'm back to a performance winter (Aplin PA4).
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:56 PM   #4
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I just run all-season. However, if it just gets bad, I stay home, since no one else on the roads here know how to drive in snow.
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:22 PM   #5
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I'm from Chicago originally, and even there with much harsher winters I ran all-seasons on my WRXs. I was always able to get where I was going with Continental A/S, even in the deeper snow because of Subaru AWD. Like was said above, unless you are going up the passes you'll have no trouble with all-seasons.

For this winter I picked up some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s TireRack rates them the best all-seasons you can get, so I wanted to compare them to the Continentals which I've had a few sets of before.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies. The STI will be staying in the low lands during the winter. I have an Explorer for going to/over the passes. Sounds like an all season may be the way to go.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:51 PM   #7
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It really depends on what type of driving you do in the winter. You could get by with a good ultra high performance all season for the most part, if you're not planning on driving up to the passes when weather is rough. IMO we don't get enough lowland snow to make getting snow tires worth it if strictly driving locally. If you spend a lot of time in the foothills and/or mountains in the winter where there could be snow on the road, a set of performance snows or studless snows might be a good option.

I've run all three in the winter on my WRX - UHP A/S (Goodyear Eagle F1, Michelin PS AS3), performance snow (Blizzak LM32), and studless snow (Blizzak WS60, WS80). I primarily drove on studless snows in the winter, as I was up snowboarding almost every weekend. You sacrifice A LOT of performance on tires like that though, so much so that now with my Focus RS I'm back to a performance winter (Aplin PA4).
I had the same question as the OP. My stock summer tires are getting closer to needing a swap-out. I really don't drive my car aggressively on the corners very often, but I do enjoy the gecko-grip the summer tires offer when I do. I go up over the pass maybe a couple times a year, that's it.

I'm wondering whether to get UHP all-season tires, or get a second set of tires. Since I only drive about 8k miles/year, I worry about tires getting old before they actually wear out, hence wasting $$.

What's been people's experience with UHP all-seasons on the STI? Reasonably good compromise for 4 seasons? Or horrible performance and waste of money for all seasons?
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:04 AM   #8
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OP congrats on your new (to you) sti!

If you're a winter /summer tire type of guy get some blizzacks.

If your an a/s type I have been pleased with my continental dws.
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:37 PM   #9
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What's been people's experience with UHP all-seasons on the STI? Reasonably good compromise for 4 seasons? Or horrible performance and waste of money for all seasons?
I would go with the UHP all-seasons. I did that for many years up here. On the opposite side, I never had just pure summers to compare with, so I was happy.
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:48 PM   #10
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The Blizzak tires are the best out there if you chose to go that route. I personally would avoid the Goodyear Ultra Grips.

I had Ultra Grips on my Subi up in Alaska and my wife has Blizzak's on her Mazda. I slipped around a lot more on my Goodyears.

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Old 11-13-2018, 02:29 AM   #11
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The Blizzak tires are the best out there if you chose to go that route. I personally would avoid the Goodyear Ultra Grips.
Blizzaks are pretty dang squirmy though right?
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:30 AM   #12
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I typically run the narrowest winter tire that stays close to the overall tire diameter of the stock tires. My stock tires are 225/60R16, my Snow tires are 205 65R16.

Then I just get whatever has the highest load rating in a dedicated, studless or studable snow tire.

I've had Continental snow tires as well as Blizzaks and a few others.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:18 PM   #13
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I moved here from Lake Tahoe 2+ years ago, and there I had dedicated Winter (Blizzak) tires. Here I have UHP AS tires, and have not had the need to even concider Winter tires. If you play in the snow often then get a set, but if you rarely go to the mountains I'd skip them.
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:26 PM   #14
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I like having the option of being able to go over the passes, for me winter tires were the best choice. UHP All-season should be fine for the lowlands.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:46 PM   #15
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Blizzaks I heard are great winter tires and for all seasons I know people go with continentals. Depends on how much snow you want to drive through with the STI. Congrats on joining the subie family as well!
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:51 PM   #16
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Just put a set of Pirelli sottozero III's on order for my 18 wrx. Planning on doing a few trips up to stevens, and the summer stockers just wont do for that. I didn't want to go full on snow tires, and the new lineup of "performance winter" tires is really interesting. 80% snow tire, 20% highway tire... in low profile. it's the stock tire for the McClaren 570s, and the Porsche lineups use them too. finger crossed, they sound like awesome tires for winter.
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