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Old 01-19-2012, 04:38 PM
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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.......in case anybody's interested in "what works (best) for me"

Tire size: 265/70R/17

Vehicle: 6500 pound full size SUV with "Auto 4WD" it goes into 4WD mode when a tire on rear axel slips....and it has a "posi-traction" rear differential.

Conditions: 1.3 miles of gravel road/old loggin' road to get to county road.........The 1.3 miles and my 650 foot driveway do NOT get plowed, but are flat.

Winter Snow tires used in the past & present: Michelin LTX M&S ($202.00); Bridgestone Blizzak ($145.00) and Firestone Winter Force UV ($108.00).....Tire Rack Prices.

Today's conditions after 36 hours of snow fall & very light rain/mist:...(current temp is 36 degrees)...total snow height is 13 inches (bottom 8 inches is still kinda "dry/light" stuff.....next higher 4 inches is "kinda wet" and top one inch is really wet.

.....an hour ago I had to get out to the county road to get my mail........

6 weeks ago I had the new Firestone's put on (and had no-snow since)................."Am I ever impressed" Had absolutely no problem in getting out to the county road.

Similiar conditions (in previous year's winter storms) with the other two tire brands were not handled as well as with these Firestones........Admittedly their "tread-pattern" is slightly more "agressive" that the other two, but not by much......,and the tread depth is 14/32nds.
and obviously much less expensive.

Again, just "for what it's worth."
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:51 PM
Location: SW Montana
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Switched from Wrangler Dura Trac to Hankook DynaPro MT this year on one of my SUVs. We'll see how they compare in getting up down the snow covered gravel with grade.

The wranglers performed quite well in North/South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa winters as well as off-road travel in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, and Alabama to include all the mud and rock they could handle.

The Hankook's were much cheaper....so the test begins.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:04 PM
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I bought some Bridgestone snow tires for my SUV too, I don't have any problems getting around, or going up the hills.

As I was cruising around town today, I saw lots of cars stuck, or sliding. Why would you buy a sports car convertible if you live in Montana?
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