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All Season Ultra High-Performance Tire Buyers Guide

365 days of grip

Anthony Gelinas
Aug 4, 2016
Photographer: Manufacturers

Being lucky enough to reside in sunny Southern California, I have had minimal need for all-season tires. When I ordered my Audi A3 10 years ago, I specifically chose the summer tire option, but due to some mix-up at the factory, the car arrived with a set of all-season tires. You can imagine my horror because in my mind, "all-season tires" conjured up images of Grandma's Mercury Zephyr, not slicks that belonged on a performance hatchback. I almost walked away from the deal.

Fast-forward to the present day. As with most things, technological advances have progressed the all-season tire from a horror story to a blockbuster hit. Today's modern ultra-high-performance all-season tires use the latest compounds to offer amazing grip and handling characteristics on different surfaces and under a variety conditions. Some will even offer very similar performance to a summer tire while lasting nearly twice as long. These latest UHP all-season tires have made a once simple decision—tire choice—now more tedious.

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The BFG G-Force Comp-2 A/S

BFG G-Force Comp-2 A/S features three core systems: UltiGrip Technology, Performance Racing Core, and G-force Tread. These systems converge to allow for maximum performance under all weather conditions.

Performance Racing Core: Equal Tension Containment (ETEC), Dynamic Suspension System (DSS) maximize traction, g-Control Sidewall Inserts system helps the tire maintain the optimal shape for optimal handling and comfort.

G-Force Tread: Advanced Mold Design helps evenly distribute stresses across the footprint of the tire, and Performance Tread Profile features squared-off shoulders and enhanced contact patch shape resists irregular wear and increase grip.

Ultigrip Technology: High-silica cold weather flexing compound and Directional Tread Design offers ultimate all-season traction in both dry and wet conditions.

bfgoodrichtires.com

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is designed for drivers looking for all-season traction and predictable handling plus control, rain or shine.

Silica compound helps with grip in both wet and dry conditions.

3-D sipes integrated into the tread help funnel away water to improve braking and wet traction.

Large shoulder blocks and continuous center rib increase steering response and optimize handling.

bridgestonetire.com

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 is a performance tire that truly lives up to its name. It's designed to provide traction on wet, dry, and light-snow-covered roads, and you would be hard pressed to find a surface it couldn't dominate.

X-Sipe technology in the tread provides more surface area for grip, which increases traction and improves braking and acceleration in wet conditions like snow and ice.

SportPlus technology tread compound provides a balance of precision handling, all-season traction, and increased tread life.

Traction Grooves provide increased pattern edges in the tread to optimize snow performance.

Tuned Performance indicator letters located on the tread (Dry, Wet and Snow) give visual cues of the tires' wear—higher visibility of the letters equals more optimal performance.

continentaltire.com

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S

The Dunlop SP Sport 01 A/S silica-based tread compound reduces rolling resistance and increases wet and dry traction.

Jointless Band Technology provides smooth performance and handling by maintaining the tire shape at highways speeds.

Aramid fiber reinforcements stiffen the lower portion sidewall to increase responsiveness.

Silica tread compound reduces rolling resistance and increases wet and dry traction.

dunloptires.com

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General G-Max AS-03

General G-Max AS-03 features V-shaped tread pattern combined with Aqua-Cleave groove elements to deliver all-season response in dry and wet conditions.

Patented Interlocking 3-D sipe technology locks the tread blocks together to enhance handling and helps dissipate heat to improve tread wear life.

Strake Groove technology in the tread increases the amount of biting edges, which improves traction and grip on snowy and wet road surfaces.

Replacement Tire Monitor (RTM) and Visual Alignment Indicators (VAI) provide visual cues to the driver as to the health of the vehicles' suspension and tires

generaltire.com

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-season

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-season tire utilizes a dual-zone asymmetric tread design to provide a balance of safety and handling in all types of weather.

Dry handling zone features a stabilizing rib and stiffer tread blocks—effectively putting more rubber to the road to increase dry traction and handling.

TredLock technology features patented interlocking micro grooves to give biting edges that lock together for increased wet traction and to hold during cornering.

All-Season zone helps increase traction and reduce the risk of hydroplaning on wet road surfaces and traction teeth help provide grip in the snow.

goodyear.com

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Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2

Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 incorporates 3-D Kerf technology to help the tire maintain a stable shape during acceleration, braking and corning to maximize performance under all types of weather.

Equilibrium carcass line design and high-hardness bead filler optimize handling and increase steering response.

Positive aqua hydro block reduces the chance of hydroplaning on wet roads.

Wide 2 steel belts located below the tread combined with tie-bar technologies in the tread maximize tread stiffness to improve handing.

hankooktire.com/us/

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ combines summer-level wet and dry performance with snow and cold weather traction.

During cornering, the Variable Contact Patch 3.0 evenly spreads corning pressure to increase tire grip and control with multiple surfaces.

Extreme Silica+ compound combined with large rain groove and 3-D sipes help prevent hydroplaning and maintain grip when wet.

Helio+ Technology helps with grip in cold weather and hidden biting edges grab loose snow to give superior traction and braking.

michelinman.com

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Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S

Falken utilized the latest technology to create the Ziex ZE950 A/S, an all-season tire that gives mileage and high-performance handling top priority.

Dynamic Range Technology is an exclusive silica-based tread compound designed to stay pliable at low temperature for increased grip in wet, snow, and ice. When it heats up, the chemical bond strengthens to promote dry traction.

Wide circumferential grooves and a sculptured groove wall help keep things under control in wet weather.

Wide angle tread slot and 3-D canyon sipe technology help deal with snow traction and reduce wear.

falkentire.com

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Toyo Proxes 4 Plus

Toyo designed the Proxes 4 Plus to be the ultimate all-season tire—ultra-high performance, longer tread life, while still giving a quiet ride.

High-grip silica tread compound helps the tire last mile after mile and improves braking and handling in both wet and dry conditions.

Wide ribs and closed shoulder blocks on the outside of the tread optimize cornering performance and vehicle responsiveness.

Wide grooves and high sipe density on the inner tread improve breaking and acceleration and help with water and snow evacuation.

Multi-Wave sipes prevent against irregular wear, reduces road vibrations, smoothes out the ride, and improves light traction.

toyotires.com

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Cooper Zeon RS3-G1

The race-inspired sidewall of the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 features a silica tread compound specially formulated to provide grip, stability, and durability in dry, wet, and light-snow conditions.

Asymmetrical tread pattern incorporates larger outer tread blocks and continuous center rib for increased stability and corning capability.

3-D Micro-Gauge full-depth sipe technology helps the tread maintain its shape so there is better stability during acceleration, braking, and cornering.

The full-depth nature of the sipes helps the tire to maintain constant performance as the tire wears down.

Wear Square gives a visual indication of how much tread is left.

coopertire.com

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Vredestein Quatrac 5

Vredestein Quatrac 5 features a two-sided asymmetrical tread design—the summer side provides excellent performance on wet and dry roads and the winter side provides traction on icy and snowy surfaces.

Full silica tread compound blend features a special polymer composition that promotes even pressure across the tread, which decreases wear and increases traction.

3-D Grip Claws located between the sipes in the middle of the tread give cornering grip and better acceleration under all weather conditions.

Longitudinal outer grooves are incorporated into the tread design to add stability and improve dry handling.

vredestein.com

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Yokohama Advan Sport A/S

Yokohama Advan Sport A/S has an asymmetrical tread design that combines form and function—the combination of serpentine and straight grooves is designed to provide all-season traction and maximize performance.

Uses an advanced all-season tread compound to minimize tire wear.

Optimized contact patch to evenly distribute pressure where the rubber meets the road.

Extra large inner and outer tread shoulder block to enhance cornering.

2-1 large outer shoulder block design stiffens the tread to increase dry handling.

Wavy sipes located in the tread increase edge control for better wet performance.

yokohamatire.com

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Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus deals with the four seasons by using a blend technologies: high surface area silicas to improve wet traction, high performance carbon black from their race tires to increase grip, and a new form of silane to ensure consistent performance.

Variable tension control nylon belt helps maintain an optimal footprint, increases comfort, steering control, and tread life.

Outer shoulder tread blocks with lateral sipes increase stability, grip, and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

Inner tread blocks utilize winter siping technology to expel water and capture more snow for better traction and stability.

pirelli.com

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