Ford F-150/F-250: Winter Tire Reviews

Winter can be brutal, but are your tires up to the challenge? This article reviews five tires that are the talk of the winter tire community.

By Pizzaman711 - September 3, 2014
Contributors: hasteranger, AlaskanEx

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250, F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

For people who need to drive their F-150 or Super Duty on snowy or icy roads more than a few times a year, a good set of winter tires should take priority on your list of what to buy for your vehicle. Winter tires offer a good increase in traction and braking over other tire types. They are made from a softer rubber compound to obtain better grip, so during dry seasons they’ll wear out much faster on the road, which means you’ll need to keep two sets of tires on hand. The general consensus is to buy a second set of cheap wheels to mount them on, thus saving on cost of both having to swap the tires out twice a year and helping protect your good wheels from road salt.

Winter Tires Comparison

Bridgestone
Blizzaks
Michelin
Latitude X
Goodyear
Duratracs
Cooper
Discoverer M+S
Nokian
Hakkepeliitta LT2
Price $157 $139 $183 $178 $181
Looks Street Street Rugged Rugged Street
Weight 40 lbs. 36 lbs. 42 lbs. 28 lbs. 36 lbs.
Performs Best Deep snow, packed snow, ice Packed snow Packed snow Deep snow, packed snow, ice Deep snow, packed snow, ice
Thread Life Average Shorter Shorter Longer Average Shorter
Warranty None 6 years 40,000 6 years 50,000 Standard Limited None

Best All-Season Quality:
Goodyear Duratracs

Best Pure Winter Tire: Bridgestone Blizzaks

Information in this table based on tire size 265/65R17. Prices are an average.

Bridgestone Blizzaks

Price: $157
Looks: Street
Weight: 40 lbs.
Performance: Deep snow, packed, ice
Thread Life: Shorter
Warranty: None

Looking on any forum or review site, you’ll see the Blizzaks receive glowing reviews. Many people rank these as one of the best studless winter tires on the market. What makes them so popular is their strong performance in deep snow, packed snow, and ice. Blizzaks feature dual tread compounds consisting of outer tread cap and underlying multicell compounds that contain millions of uniformly distributed microscopic pores. These pores eradicate water that often develops on top of snow packed and icy roads so that the tire's biting edges provide more traction.The Blizzaks come in several different varieties, including LM-18, LM-20, LM-22, LM-25, LM-25 4X4, and LM-60. Each offers a different level of traction.

Nokian Hakkepeliitta LT2

Price: $181
Looks: Street
Weight: 36 lbs.
Performance: Deep snow, packed, ice
Thread Life: Shorter than average
Warranty: None

While you may have never heard of this tire, it’s definitely a top performer. Nokian has been producing winter tires since 1939, and they’re definitely doing it right. Multiple forum reviews rank these as some of the best non-studded tires available and right on par with the Blizzaks. The only knock on these tires is their performance during hydroplaning conditions, which occurred around 44 mph. Nokian doesn't seem to offer any manufacturer's warranty on these tires, so like the Blizzaks your warranty may be up to the local installer.

Michelin Latitude X

Price: $139
Looks: Street
Weight: 36 lbs.
Performance: Packed snow
Thread Life: Shorter than average
Warranty: 6 years/40,000

Unfortunately, all winter tires can’t be the best and this one falls into that category. The reviews on this tire are hit or miss, but most state they would try a different tire before these again. On packed snow they are on par with other snow tires, but in fresh snow and slush is where they begin to fall. People compare the traction on fresh snow and slush to that of using a normal all-season tire, but with quicker tread wear. The positive on these tires is that they last longer than most winter tires, so if you’re only driving in packed snow these could be right for you. In addition, you also get the Michelin 40,000 mile warranty.

Goodyear Duratrac

Price: $183
Looks: Rugged
Weight: 42 lbs.
Performance: Packed snow
Thread Life: Longer than average
Warranty: 6 years/50,000

Even though the Duratrac isn’t a true winter tire, it can definitely hold its own in the snow. While this tire is not recommended if you constantly have to drive in deep snow and on ice, this is a great tire for those who will see snow occasionally and don’t want to have to change their tires for the winter season. This tire is an all-around great performer for just about any condition. While it won’t perform as well as a true winter tire, the Duratrac won’t let you down either. The Duratrac also comes with a nice 50,000 mile warranty.

Cooper Discoverer M+S

Price: $178
Looks: Rugged
Weight: 28 lbs.
Performance: Deep snow, packed, ice
Thread Life: Average
Warranty: Standard Limited

The first thing you may notice about the Discover is that it doesn’t look like a winter tire, but it still retains the look of a truck tire. For those people where the look is just as important as the performance, this is a selling factor. These tires not only look good, but also offer great performance in both fresh and packed snow as well as ice. In addition to the off the shelf performance you receive, the tires are also studdable to offer even better performance. The downside to this tire is it’s definitely one of the louder winter tires on the market. The Discover is also eligible for Cooper’s Standard Limited Warranty.

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