- Excellent snow and ice traction
- Very good wet handling
- Tough and durable tire
- Treadlife is a little shorter
- They are a bit heavier than others
The weather gets nasty sometimes, but getting to work on time is always a priority for most of us.
If you think about the winter that is well on its way, you will realize that some words could mean more than music to your ears.
Worry not, as getting around this winter will not be a problem, well not after you hear this.
No chains, no studs and no white knuckles – this is what I am talking about.
Here to keep you on the move in all kinds of winter conditions ranging from a few inches of snow to the grueling packed ice on mountain tracks is the famous Blizzak from Bridgestone.
What is Bridgestone Blizzak W965?
The Bridgestone Blizzak W965 is a winter/snow tire that is specially engineered for medium, heavy and commercial light trucks.
It can also be used with 4*4 SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler and the Ford Everest. This great tire combines the loading capacity of the trucks it targets with strong winter capability.
Bridgestone developed the W965 with specially formulated soft tread compounds that provide the grip and versatility that make this a great winter tire.
- Tube Multicell tread compound that combines microscopic pores and circumferential micro channels
- Deep, independent block tread design that employs zigzag sipes to provide multiple biting edges
- Two steel belts reinforced by spiral-wrapped nylon to provide a higher level of tire uniformity
- A polyester cord reinforced casing provides strength and durability while enhancing ride quality
The first thing you will notice with the Blizzaks on dry pavement is a rougher and noisier ride. The tread compound is softer and thicker but thing like highway expansion joint are clearly perceptible with these tires.
The traction is nonetheless excellent even with the small rocks that occasionally get caught within the groove. There is a significant oversteer when the truck is light so be sure to load up.
The Blizzaks seem to be in love with wet roads, especially those greasy winter roads with water, salt and sand all mixed up.
The high torque churned out by most SUVs and trucks does not cause any wheel spin, even when there is no load. The soft tread compounds in the Blizzaks give them excellent traction in the wet.
This is where the Blizzaks earn their popularity. Unlike most tires, the Blizzak does not channel out water laterally. Instead, the water is given room to exit from within the footprint, allowing the tread blocks to grip on the road surface.
The siping does not only absorb water but it also gives more surface area and biting edges which enable the tires to get a stronger grip in icy conditions.
The Bottom Line
The Blizzak W965 belongs to a lineup that is perhaps the most accomplished when it comes to snow tires.
Despite its slightly undesirable road noise in dry conditions, the W965 is an unimpeachable performer in winter conditions as it lets you plow through snow with no problems at all.
It comes at a friendly price too, I highly recommend that you get yourself a set of these. Winter is coming!
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