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Emmanuel Ortega

My Story

I've always been an enthusiast driver and usually travel with fine musical equipment and instruments. Main 2 reasons for having the best tires: Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV. I live in Perth-Andover NB Canada, this is a rural area with many types of roads and a weather that goes approximately from-35 to 4 Celsius during the cold season.

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Tire performance like no other

Three days before there was a short snow fall mixed with freezing rain. The temperature was oscillating around the freezing point and as a result the roads were covered with 3-5 centimetres of wet snow…

Tires pictures

Temperature has been around 2-3 degrees celsius and not much snow has fallen in New Brunswick Canada. I washed my Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV tires to take some pictures. Last season, I mounted them new. This…

Black ice for R2 SUVs...

After second snowstorm last week I could test the tires on black ice. While driving safely on town and on a short highway I couldn't feel any skidding at all. Then I went to a big parking lot I knew em…

Mounting my R2 SUV

Last week we had in New Brunswick Canada, a couple snow storms. The first one caught us off guard. I went immediately next morning to mount my Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV tires. I was really looking forward t…

Last snowfall?

Last week in western New Brunswick we had probably the last snowfall of the season. The wet snow turned into a fair amour of slush and again the Hakkapeliitta R2 SUVs performance was excellent. My over…

Ice and potholes

Snow is melting away and now lots of potholes are everywhere. Last week there was still some ice and water in the roads, making it difficult to clearly see the numerous potholes on the ground. Eventual…

snow-sleet and rain storm

A couple days before I drove 360 km with changing weather conditions. Storm started at night and early 6:00 am in the morning I started the trip. The highway was partially covered with a mix of snow an…

Snow and slush at 70km/hr

After 2 days snowing, with a few rain episodes, I drove early in the morning to work. This is a road along the St. John River in medium condition with a speed limit of 80km/hr. The snowstorm provided m…

SUV R2s over diverse road conditions

We didn't had much snow in Western New Brunswick for a few weeks. A few days before I drove nearly 400km at speed limit of 110km/hr, -10c. Along the trip I also went through secondary roads with differ…

R2 tread and amazing facts

Weather has been pretty stable here in town so I want to talk about the R2's tread. Since first time I saw it I liked it a lot. The pattern design looks so sharp and fine, and it is so soft. I saw the…

Are winter tires noisy?

Last week I drove around 160 Km on the highway at 110 km/h. Weather has been pretty stable on the last days with no snowfalls around -15 C so the road is dry and generally clean. I knew R2 SUV performa…

Steep Hill Sharp Curve Ahead

Ice rain came again last week leaving a thick layer of ice everywhere. I drove back home and I have to say that driving Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV felt way safer than walking on that ice. To get home there's…

-25C in dry weather

The famous snowstorm last week didn’t reach my town in New Brunswick. After 2 dry days around -29 Celsius (-20F) I did a 130 Km (80M) trip around 110km/hr (68MPH). That evening was -25 Celsius (-13F) w…

Ice Rain

Dec 23rd Weather brought ice rain this week. Minuscule sleet fell down for hours making a very sticky slush mixed with snow and salt. At night some secondary roads were covered by an irregular layer ar…

Farm’s Driveway

Dec 16th After the snowstorm last week, inches of snow have increased. I visited my friend’s farm on the other side of the reserve and when I left I wanted to test the tires traction over lots of snow.…

Snow Storm

Dec 9th The first snowstorm on the area came this week and I went for groceries before it hit. It was -12 Celsius (10F) when I went back and the roads were covered with 10cm (4in) of snow. This is a ru…

Black Ice in Perth-Andover NB

Dec 2nd This week we had mild snowfalls. Temperatures oscillated around the freezing point causing black ice to form over roads. Small amounts of snow kept melting and turning into ice throughout the d…

New R2 SUV for Toyota RAV4 AWD

Nov 25th. Last week I got the set of new tires. I drove back home on a 2-year-old highway. It was raining a lot with around 8 degrees Celsius (43.4F). A thick layer of water covered the entire highway.…