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Old 01-31-2019, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default All weather/snow tires, chains, etc

Hi folks. I have a 2013 Impreza Si (4 door sedan). Looking to do some ski and snow camping trips. Anyone have snow or all weather tire recommendations? Does anyone use spring chains and if so, how? I know the manual discourages chains. Any tips or info is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 01-31-2019, 06:30 PM   #2
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Buy snow-tire and wheel package.

This will be very helpful, but do realize there is no absolute set-up (tire; chain; etc) that will keep you from running afoul in every situation.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:02 PM   #3
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depend a little on where you drive too. If you are doing lots of clear road highway driving I d either do all season (Continental DWS) or next step would be a set of snow tires (Blizak) or similar. Tire rack has good wheel packages and easy to shop and get an idea of price. IMO stay away from chains and stuff unless they are dedicated to driving in storms only. As stated above the chains etc are most aggressive but may be overkill and you ll have to deal with rough ride and whatever else chains bring.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:22 PM   #4
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Your location would be helpful information to determine all season vs. full blown snow tires. Here in the bay area, I ran Nokian all-season tires during the winter which had the snowflake emblem on the sidewall. It was a good compromise as most of my driving was done in temperate conditions but most weekends were spent going to the mountains where there was often snow. They didn't work as well as dedicated snows, but lasted ~50k miles whereas dedicated snows would likely only last 12k or so in the warm weather I typically experienced. In the summer I would install my summer wheels/tires. This was an easy way to rotate the tires as I would put duct tape inside the wheel and mark their position front/back. Keep in mind that this strategy does require you to have the space to store a spare set of wheels.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:46 PM   #5
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Thanks folks. I drive in the city (Sacramento) during the week and only get to the snow on weekends. So all weather tires probably make most sense. Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out. Sounds like chains are to be avoided at all cost.

Does anyone know if highway patrol considers AWD with all weather tires the same as a car with chains, when conditions require chains? I was told CHP sometimes will not allow you through a checkpoint without chains, no matter what car/tires you have. A friend of mine keeps chains in his trunk even though he never uses them, for this reason.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:18 PM   #6
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I'm running The Toyo Observe G3 ICE. I've got studs in them and so far am loving them. The special stud pattern helps with the noise and they handle well on dry pavement for a studded snow. I've run conti dws and blizzak ws80 and for the price I would by the G3s again in a heart beat.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:48 AM   #7
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I'm in Colorado, and the Michelin x-ice xi3's have been awesome! Highly recommend them, especially for ski trips.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:13 PM   #8
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There's an entire forum dedicated to tires and wheels, cleverly called the Tire & Wheel forum.

In said Tire & Wheel forum there's plenty of discussion of winter tire setups, including an entire thread specifically for such discussions.
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