Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Review


Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS80 Full - 660x550

15"
175/65R15
185/55R15
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/65R15
205/65R15
215/70R15
16"
185/55R16
195/50R16
195/55R16
195/60R16
205/55R16
205/60R16
205/65R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
235/60R16
235/65R16
17"
205/40R17
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/55R17
215/60R17
215/65R17
225/45R17
225/50R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
225/65R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
235/60R17
235/65R17
245/45R17
18"
215/55R18
225/45R18
225/50R18
225/55R18
225/60R18
235/40R18
235/50R18
245/40R18
255/35R18
19"
235/50R19
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The Good
  • Impressive snow and ice traction
  • Solid cornering in all conditions
  • No issues with hydroplaning
  • Delivers a soft & pleasant ride
The Bad
  • The specialized winter rubber compound only comprises 60% of the tread
Dry Performance85
Wet Performance92
Light Snow Traction96
Deep Snow Traction94
Ice Traction91
Comfort86
Treadwear83
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The Blizzak WS80 is Bridgestone’s studless ice and snow tire designed to see the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans safely through the winter. It’s also featured on our list of best winter tires.

These tires respond expertly to bad weather. They grip the road like crazy and deliver stability and control in dry, icy and snowy conditions no matter how aggressively you drive.

Winter Performance

The Blizzak WS80 molds Bridgestone’s special NanoPro-Tech multicell compound into a directional tread design that features 20% more block edges compared to the previous model, the WS70, for improved grip on all surfaces. This Multicell compound acts like a sponge and pulls water away from the surface as it grips the pavement, so traction when driving on slush, hard-packed snow and ice covered pavement is outstanding. Normally when the temperatures drop to near or below freezing, a tire’s rubber will harden and traction will decrease, but this clever compound keeps the tread surface flexible and sticky for unbelievable grip in cold conditions.

Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS80 Tread

You can typically expect to see 12,000 to 15,000 miles before wearing out the Multicell compound. When the Blizzak WS80’s tread is approximately 50 percent worn, you will know. A tread depth indicator lets you know that only 10 percent of the remaining tread is Multicell compound.

The Blizzak WS70 wades through water and slices through snow. The grooves on the tread are specifically designed to help channel water and snow out of and away from the tire. Also, there’s a zigzag siping pattern creates numerous biting edges for powerful traction. These tires allow you to drill right through snow.

On ice, the Blizzak WS80 remains controlled and composed. No quick breakaways or exaggerated sliding. Turn in and cornering stability is fantastic with little to no understeer. However, if they do let loose, they bounce back quickly and recover with predictable handling and braking.

Wet Performance

With the Blizzak WS80 on your vehicle, you don’t have to worry about hydroplaning on wet pavement. These tires navigate wet roads as if they were dry. When they do breakaway on wet pavement it’s easy to handle.

Dry Performance

Dry traction and handling is terrific. It feels like you’re running on all season tires. There’s no pull in the steering and in the corners they remain balanced and precise without rolling over too much on the sidewall.

In terms of ride comfort, the Blizzak WS80 produces no excessive road noise and they ride smoothly on all sorts of pavement.

Overall

Overall, the ride quality, noise level and traction on dry,wet,snow and ice covered pavement is outstanding. And they deliver an immediate feeling of security when driving on in foul weather

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is available in sizes from 15 to 18 inches and speed ratings of T and H.

Bridgestone recommend using them only in sets of four. This ensures the highest possible level of handling and performance from the Blizzak WS80.

Author: Cian Kelly

I'm a 23 year old driving addict, car fanatic and writer. I spend most my time rallying around the wet roads of the Irish countryside and producing engaging and informative content for local car dealers.

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