Friday, April 8, 2016

A list of "All-Weather" tires with the Mountain/Snowflake symbol and where to get them

Though the design and compounds have been around a few years now, it was surprisingly difficult to find tires that are truly All-Weather (good for every season) per Transport Canada standards and meet or exceed the Rubber Association of Canada performance requirements. Since my tires need replacing and I'm not looking for soft winter-specific tires, I have compiled a list of tires that have the mountain/snowflake rating based upon my search. Perhaps you'll find this list useful and that it saves you time.

Nokian pioneered this class of tires and was the first to market but there are now a number of brands with a limited selection.

These makes include: Kumho, Toyo, Falken, Michelin, Vredestein, Hankook, Yokohama, and Nankang, Michelin, Multi-Mile, and Muteki.  Additionally, some are exclusively sold at certain retailers.

Tires that have the 3PMSF icon and are all-weather capable
Manufacturer Model Retailer Size Limits/ Tire diameter
Nokian Nordman WR & WR SUV Kal Tire (Exclusive) Smallest size: 155/70R13 = 21.5", Largest size: 225/55R17 = 26.7"
Nokian WRG3 & WRG3 SUV Kal Tire (Exclusive) Smallest: 175/65R14, Largest: 255/40R19,
SUV Smallest size: 235/75R15 = 28.9", SUV Largest size: 275/40R21 = 29.7"
Nankang SV-2 Kal Tire Smallest size: 175/70R13 = 22.6", Largest size: 235/75R15 = 28.9"
Kumho The Road Venture SAT (KL61) Mopar Dealers (Dodge/Jeep/Fiat),
OK Tire,
Smallest size: 225/75R15 = 28.3", Largest size: 265/50R20 = 30.4"
Kumho Solus HA31 Mopar Dealers (Dodge/Jeep/Fiat), Smallest size: 145/80R13 = , Largest size: 225/45R17 =
Toyo Celsius & Celsius CUV OK Tire,,
Smallest size: 185/65R14
Largest size: 265/50R20
Vredestein Quatrac 3 & Quatrac 3 SUV
Smallest size: 155/70 R 13
Largest size: 255/55 R 19
Vredestein Quatrac 5 2
Hankook Optimo 4S Canadian Tire (Exclusive) Smallest size: 175/65R14 = , Largest size: 225/50R17 =
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
Smallest size: 215/75R15 = Largest sizes: 305/55R20 = , 35X12.50R20 = 35"
Falken Wildpeak A/T3W Smallest size: 235/75R15 = , Largest size: 325/60R20 =
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A® KO2 Mopar Dealers (Dodge/Jeep/Fiat),
Smallest size: 235/75R15 = , Largest size: 325/60R20 =
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 Canadian Tire
Smallest size: = 205/55R16, Largest size: = 285/40R19
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Canadian Tire
Smallest size: 225/40R18 = , Largest size: = 315/35R20
Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 Canadian Tire
Smallest size: = , Largest size: = 225/45R17
Minerva Emizero 4s Smallest size: = , Largest size: =
Muteki Trail Hog Kal Tire Smallest size: 265/75R16
Largest sizes:
325/60R20 = 35.4",
37X12.5R20 = 37"
Multi-Mile Wild Country XTX Sport Kal Tire 275/65R20 = 34.1"
Nitto EXO Grappler AWT Kal Tire, Smallest size:
Largest sizes:
Nokian Rotiva AT Plus Kal Tire ?

With respect to other tire models that do not have the 3-peaked mountain/snowflake rating yet might actually deliver, however subjective, sufficient or excellent performance in diverse weather conditions including snow, they are not listed here but may be numerous.  Besides reading reviews, it's worth looking at Quebec's Bill 42 (an Act to Amend the Highway Safety Code) passed in 2008 and lists the following as acceptable tires for winter driving: Tires on which one of the following inscriptions appears: Alaska | Arctic | A/T or AT | Blizzard | Ice | LT | Nordic | Snow (but not Mud & Snow) | Stud | Ultratraction | Winter.  Note that after December 15, 2014, in Quebec, these inscriptions on tires were no longer compliant with the statute and only those tires that have the 3-peaked mountain/snowflake
icon are in compliance for winter driving.  
Of course, the class of winter-dedicated tires are probably compliant with Quebec's law but that is not the topic of this blog post.
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