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General Altimax Arctic

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General Altimax Arctic

Studdable Winter Features
  • All-weather dual tread compound for exceptional cold-weather flexibility and excellent wet traction
  • Multi-angle sipe system with 270 degrees of sipes adds biting edges that enhance traction
  • Directional pattern with center stability rib improves water evacuation and straight-line stability
  • Reactive Contour Technology (RCT) reacts to different road conditions, maintaining optimum road contact throughout the life of the tire
  • Accepts #12 metal studs for extra traction in winter conditions*
  • *Please observe your state’s laws regarding stud use. Use #12 studs.
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 409reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr. I drive 25 miles each way 5 days a week. I bought these General Altimax Arctic tires for winter driving around Pittsburgh, PA. I am a master Honda technician, and I am very pleased with these tires. I even got a set for my mother's Honda Fit. Dry traction is excellent, wet traction is very good, and snow traction is very good as well. At the time of this review, there is about 6 inches of snow on the ground, so these got a thorough snow test this past week. I have yet to deal with ice, hence the (3) score. These tires ride relatively smooth and quiet. Minimal noise can be heard, but it is a snow tire compound so that is to be expected. They are still quiet though. I believe these tires can be studded as well. I drive a mix of hills and twists every day, including back roads to 2 and 4 lane highways. I drive with some enthusiasm from time to time, so I feel these tires have great traction overall. These tires are a great deal from Tire Buyer. December 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Value for the Price in Winter Tires The General Altimax Arctic is a re-branded Gislaved Nordfrost 3 tire which is manufactured by Gisvaled in Germany. Both companies are owned by German Continental AG GmbH. That's right, is says Made in Germany right on the sidewall and those of you who are familiar with Gislaved know that they make some of the best studded winter tires money can buy. The quality and technology is right on par with Nokian, but Nokian charges three times as much for their tires. I have had 4 sets of these tires on 3 different vehicles. All FWD cars driving thousands of miles in winter conditions in the highest elevations of the Rocky Mountains passes and I-70. When it comes to winter driving it does not get any tougher than this in the continental US.About the tires, I'll start with the not-so-good things first. Soft rubbery compound and studs make for sloppy steering feel, so I run a higher tire pressure in order to offset this effect a little. Noise with any studded tire is always an issue. Because of the soft compound and studs these tires have a lowly Q (99 mph) speed rating, so it is not intended to be a winter performance tire of any sort. If you get just a little bit of snow a few times a year, this is not the tire for you.Now with the great things about this tire and reasons why I gave them 5 stars and keep buying sets of them. The rubber compound and thread pattern give you absolutely incredible traction in snow and ice. Deep snow is handled with ease as the thread clears itself while rotating. The compound stays soft and pliable in the coldest temperatures and the sipes stick to ice securely. Add studs and this becomes the absolute best value for the money on the market if you need a tire to handle the toughest winter conditions. They also last a very long time if you take care of them and keep checking the pressure as you should. Buy these tires if you drive on snow and ice frequently at least 4 months a year. Look elsewhere if you need a performance winter tire that can handle occasional snow. October 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by going around macho 4x4s from a stop on ice I live in the city and commute to work 26 miles into the CO mountains. I go from 5800' up to 8600' then back down a windy canyon to work at 7500'. the climb starts 6 miles into my commute. my car is FWD so I got Altimax all seasons for warmer weather and these for Oct-May. after 4 winters, it's almost time for a new set. do the math... my commute alone is around 7700 high speed, curvy mountain miles per season. add another 1000-2500 winter city miles, that's over 35k moderately aggressive miles on a set that probably could make it thru one more (mild) Colorado winter. but I'm not gambling. last spring we had a spring storm that dropped 6" snow on sun warmed roads. thanks to a cold front, the bottom layer turned to ice that made me Bambi on my driveway. but work had not been called off and no delayed start called so I joined the bumper cars. 7 miles into my drive I get to the Lookout Mtn stretch and traffic is mostly stopped, spinning tires on ice, 18 wheelers jackknifing and sliding backwards. the big wheel 4x4 in the fast lane is spinning knobbies and torquing sideways. I come to a stop to wait to see how far they'll both slide. Knobbie hits the median strip and pounds his steering wheel, finally taking his foot off the gas. Trucker jackknifing into middle lane gets tires slid to stop on right edge rumble strip. from dead stop, I put my automatic sport coupe in 2nd gear and putt-putt S curves around the noses of the vehicles. trucker waves and grins. knobbie grips steering wheel and glares at silver-hair maneuvering around his spun-out SUV.lesson here? It's not the 4wd it's the 5" of rubber that meets the road. and in the winter, it better be wriggley-soft and well siped..these do very well at siphoning water to prevent hydroplaning. quite good at 5" or less of snow but a more aggressive sidewall would improve moving in foot-deep stuff. they are fairly quiet, and aside from a bit of jello wiggle on warm highways that takes a few days to adjust your driving to, the dry grip is very good. I feel totally in control moving to avoid elk, on long downhill curves, or on hard braking, when you really need straight tracking.I love driving on these. I know what my car is going to do, and I can avoid the airport rental ski-rack SUVs with hard rubber all seasons.if you think these handle poorly, then you've not driven them on ice or sub-zero days when you NEED soft rubber. Those of you who like me, aren't wealthy but enjoy fine vehicles and equipment should appreciate the low price and nice performance of these. October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Superb winter tire I purchased eight of these tires for two cars, because we live at the bottom of a hill, and up is the only way out. We used to have a 4x4, but no longer. I wanted to see if our little front-wheel-drive economy cars would get us through the winter. Well, these are amazing. The cars feel so much more stable and safe, and I have had no issues climbing the hills, even in the deep snow last winter. I put them on in December, and take them off in the spring. They do run a little noisier and harsher than the summer all-season-radials, but there is simply no comparison when it comes to winter traction. Starting, stopping, cornering, whatever - I'm sold! November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Second set of these! I purchased 4 of these for my 2009 Yaris hatchback in 2010 after sliding on the all terrain tires that came with the vehicle. These tires handle very well and give secure traction on wet, slushy and snowy roads--of course driving within reasonable speeds and with prudence. I did a fair amount of winter driving on them and just retired the first set this year, replacing them with a new set of the same tires. Slightly noisy but, they are snow tires. Great tires and a good price. November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Second pair , I would buy them again I live in Idaho snow country, And it not uncommon to drive on snow and ice. As I go skiing at lease two times a week starting elevation 4100 feet to 7100 feet. I feel very confident driving with these tire, as I been on some very nasty winding roads.So confident I have to remind myself to slow down. I just got 2015 Subaru out back because my last 2000 Subaru Out Back had the General - Altimax Arctic and handle so well it was a no brainer to buy General - Altimax Arctic for my new Subaru. Excellent traction on snow and very good to Excellent on ice. Ice traction is in enhance by the tire being sipe. It's also look like the tire so going to last. I would purchase this tire again. January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Performs Well First this is a directional SNOW tire, it is not designed to take off ramps at 50 MPH although it will you will not get much mileage out of the tire.Everything I put for the rating is based on a SNOW tire, it will get excellent traction on ice if you add studs.I have pulled out of lots with out removing snow that is in front of the car when people with four wheel drive could not and had to shovel some of the snow away.Doing highway speeds with my car with these tires are a breeze,I should mention I am a professional driver so snow does not bother me, and I run FOUR SNOW TIRES.As with anything there are limits which you can not go past based on your vehicle, driving experience and so forth.The reason there was only one tire purchased is because the tire was punctured when a spring broke.I have a set of summer tires and wheels and a winter set.The original tires still have more than half the tread remaining and they are five years old and I did not put the summer tires back on one year so they went a year straight. The noise rating is because once the tires start to wear they get noisy, at the beginning they are pretty quite for what they can do and when they start to wear down the noise increases a good amount, it is like a humming or whirring sound that changes with the speed of the vehicle. I do not mind the noise because the price of the tire and how they perform is excellent.If you want quite snow tires it will cost a pretty Penney and they will not perform any better than these.I should mention I have run BLIZZAK, GOODYEAR and so on, the cost of the tire and performance you get can not be beat.MY OPINION. December 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just as good as Blizzak Tire. They handles as good or better than the Bridgestone Blizzak tire I had and they ride smoother and are less expensive .Would recommend them to anyone for winter driving. October 8, 2014
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  • Tread Life Warranty: Varies based on speed rating
  • Uniformity Warranty: First 2/32 Even Wear, 1 Tire Permitted
  • Workmanship Material Warranty: 72 month first 2/32 Free Replacment
  • Manufacture's Hazard Warranty:
  • Test Drive Warranty: 45 Day Ride and Try
  • Manufacture's Special Warranty: Any Repair Voids the CTA Warranty
  • Warranty PDF: General_Warranty.pdf

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