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General Altimax ArcticStuddable Winter
The General Altimax Arctic tire is a studdable winter tire for cars, light trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Built with a special tread compound that stays flexible in cold weather and tread patterns that enhance stability and hydroplaning resistance, this is a tire you can rely on. General Altimax Arctic tires accept #12 metallic winter studs (optional) for extra traction and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.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 422reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by HondaTech 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 Ski_Coach 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 Xarchy 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 3 out of 5 by May Ms Very good on dry roads(exceeded expectations) , low noise on dry roads (definitely much less noise than mediocre all season tires), good handling and comfortable feel, good braking(for a snow tire on dry roads).Honestly I am unable to judge about how much better it is on ice or heavy snow(seemed to be average), may be I have unreasonable expectations from a snow tire- it didn't feel like it is considerably better than a good all seasons for snow/ice... ....the tire does skid on heavy snow and while braking on ice even at 15 miles an hour, it does slide.This does not necessarily mean it's not a good snow tire....just giving my impression.Besides since my vehicle is an AWD , the tire might be better appreciated with FWD/RWD cars.I'm giving a 3 star rating since my expectations out of a snow tire was much higher.Interestingly, in terms of performance I would have given in a 4+ had it been an all seasons tire! January 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by na Mtn man Great tires/super fast delivery -I use them for deep snow and icy back country roadsso far they have done what is needed November 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by LarryM Worst handling tire that I have ever owned! Initial handling is downright scary! It feels like you are driving with 4 flat tires. It does get better with miles driven, currently about 2,500 miles. Tires are quiet and have little impact on fuel economy. Dry traction (braking) is about 1/2 of the high performance all-season tires that I took off. Excellent wet snow/slush traction and with very good hydroplaning resistance. Wet traction on most pavement is only slightly worse than dry traction. However, on cold, wet, grooved concrete, traction is less than ½ of dry traction. In one instance, I thought I would never stop, it took over 300 feet from 60 MPH. Totally unacceptable. I drive 47 miles each way to and from work. Mostly back roads with some state highway and some city roads. Yes I drive hard. If I had purchased these tires from Discount tire, I would take them back ? they are that bad. I would estimate dry traction to be between 0.5 and 0.6 Gs. Wet/slush traction to be between 0.4 and 0.5 Gs. Wet traction on grooved concrete to less than 0.3 Gs. December 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by maine driver 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 None 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
- 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 Replacement
- Manufacture's Hazard Warranty:
- Test Drive Warranty: 30-day trial. Must purchase 4 and exchange for another set of 4 General tires.
- Manufacture's Special Warranty: Warranty replacements will be made with a comparable General-brand tire. Repair voids warranty.
- Warranty PDF: General_Warranty_2013.pdf