Alaskan Malamutes have paws specially adapted for running in the snow. You, on the other hand, have a credit card. Use it to purchase a pair of IRC Blizzards, world class winter tires with 112 hardened studs that’ll leave you as well adapted to winter as your average sled dog. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Click on the image to the left for an enlarged photo showing tread detail and related product specifications.
a Cross Country Rider
from Portland OR
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003
Strengths: Pretty good on roots, rocks ... um, as long as it isn't snowy or icy.
Weaknesses: TERRIBLE in the snow!
I had the old 56 stud version, not the newer 112 stud version, but my comments have to do with performance in snow, not ice, so they are still applicable. They seem to work well in the dirt, and don't slip much on wet rocks and roots - and the studs make cool crunching sounds on rocks!
But this tire is truly AWFUL in the snow! In slushy snow OR on hardpacked snow - doesn't matter - it wanders around and is very hard to control. Conventional mud-oriented knobbies (Alligators, Survivals) work much better in the snow. The Blizzards' problem seems to be in the offset-square-block tread pattern, when as we all know the best patterns for mud and snow usually involve with wider, more paddle-like lugs.
Really, what good is a studded tire that doesn't do well in the snow? I give these the lowest rating possible. Spend a couple bucks more and get the Nokians.
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