Ontario motorists are willing to pay for peace of mind and safety, as they venture out during the winter months.
There have been a lot of improvements in winter radials in recent years and Michelin continues to impress.
Their X-Ice Xi3 tire is a high-tech wonder, bringing “snow tires” to a whole new level.
The tire utilizes the third generation winter grip technology, providing shorter stopping distances and acceleration improvements. For drivers, being able to stop is likely the number one priority.
The block edge shape improves traction on snow and ice. There are even “micro pumps” that absorb road surface water to ensure greater tread contact with the road.
Steep grooves, variable sipe angles and new v-shape design all contribute to providing “perennial performance.” In fact, the tread’s surface remains largely unchanged through the tire’s lifespan.
The tires are also what Michelin calls “high-speed ready.” The unique tread design reinforces the block robustness, making these beauties capable on the highway.
Longevity has long been an issue with winter radials and the new “MaxTouch Construction” features a unique patch shape that evenly distributes the forces, making these tires last substantially longer.
Winter tires are also known to increase fuel consumption, but Michelin’s “Green X” guaranteers a level of energy efficiency.
The X-Ice Xi3 is designed for winter performance and not recommended for all-season use. It carries a 60,000-kilometre limited warranty.
These tires also received top marks in the annual ranking of winter tires by consumer magazine Protégez-Vous. In collaboration with Consumer Reports, 33 sets of winter tires were evaluated based on deep snow traction, braking on ice, as well as on wet and dry surfaces, drivability, hydroplaning, ride comfort, noise and fuel efficiency.
Among the best products evaluated was Michelin’s X-Ice Xi3. The professionals at Protégez-Vous recommend them for both city and country driving. Not only was the X-Ice Xi3 found to have very good braking ability on ice, its traction in deep snow scored highest of all of the tires tested.
For the majority of commuters, alleviating some of the stress associated with the daily grind is vitally important. Peace of mind and improved control go a long way to ensuring every winter trek is trouble-free, thanks to these tires.
They’re available at most automotive retailers in Ontario.
For more, visit http://www.michelinwintercenter.com. The website offers some great tips and information about tires.
Written by Mark Pavilons