General Altimax Arctic Review: Frosty Tourer


General Tires ALTIMAX ARCTIC Full - 660x550
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13"
175/70R13
14"
175/65R14
185/60R14
185/65R14
185/70R14
15"
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/55R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
215/60R15
215/65R15
215/70R15
225/70R15
16"
205/55R16
205/60R16
215/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
215/70R16
225/55R16
235/60R16
235/75R16
245/70R16
245/75R16
255/70R16
265/75R16
17"
205/50R17
215/45R17
215/60R17
215/65R17
225/45R17
225/55R17
225/65R17
235/45R17
235/55R17
235/65R17
245/70R17
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The Good
  • Biting action allows for great snow traction
  • Lots of grip while braking on wet roads
  • Nicely resists hydroplaning
The Bad
  • Delayed steering response at high speeds
  • 'Rubber-band' feel in warm weather
Dry Performance80
Wet Performance88
Light Snow Traction95
Deep Snow Traction93
Ice Traction87
Comfort81
Treadwear86
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In producing winter tires, most manufacturers focus on bringing to market, a product that meets the needs of commuters who struggle with icy conditions on their way to and from work. As our General Altimax Arctic review shows, this tire has a different target market in mind. This tire is particularly designed for touring purposes, applicable on passenger vehicles. If you decide on a road trip in snow driving conditions, then the General Altimax Arctic is your tire of choice.

Brute Strength Mated With Savvy Technology

So as to meet the needs of long distance drivers and hard core touring, the Altimax Arctic is available in an array of sizes in order to cater for both new and earlier model vehicles. The tire can be pinned with studs that give it an even higher traction level on snowy roads. This combined with a contemporary compound makes for unmatched chilly weather versatility and wet grip.

The tire also calls upon technological progression to deliver unmitigated ice traction. It boasts a multiple angled tread system. The treads interlock at 270 degrees, creating a ‘gnawing’ action that makes best use of grip in any rotational direction. This sipe design is complemented by Reactive Contour Technology (RCT) in which the tire outline interacts with varied road surfaces to allow for the finest contact.

Winter Specific

Though the total package is attractive, there are some demerits worth noting with the General Altimax Arctic. For starters, the tire seems to require relatively deep snow levels to adequately execute its duties.

While the biting edges of the treads offer excellent delivery in slush, they give a ‘floating sensation’ on dry stretches.

While the biting edges of the treads offer excellent delivery in slush, they give a ‘floating sensation’ on dry stretches. During high speed cornering this allows some emphasized understeer, though there’s never real loss of control.

Another setback is that they are most comfortable in the conditions that they were specifically designed for, snow. While it may be unfair to judge a winter tire on its off winter performance, it is not farfetched to expect some dry winter driving. In these instances, the Altimax Arctic falls short. The tire offers excellent delivery in deep snow, ploughing the driver out of the stickiest of situations. However in dry driving, it tends to be on the soft side, being rather soft or squishy, particularly while cornering.

Given that the General Altimax Arctic’s performance is dependent on how snowy the weather is, one may doubt the rationale of owning them as an extra set, just for one season. Hopefully these reasons will help clear things up.

The Verdict On General Altimax Arctic

  • The tire boasts an omni – weather double tread compound that remains flexible even in cold weather
  • It is adaptable to studs, making for increased traction in wintry conditions.
  • Makes use of Reactive Contour Technology that is adjustable to differing driving conditions.

Few tire manufacturers dare to take up the challenge of producing a winter tire that is expected to go the distance while delivering unsurpassed performance. The General Altimax Arctic is meant to break this barrier. With the Altimax Arctic you don’t have to stop enjoying the open road just because it’s winter.

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Author: Matt Taylor

A 28 year old car guy that used to work in a car repair shop. I used to talk about tires because I had to, now I talk about them because I want to.

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