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Jason Goodall

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winters snow nearly gone and a farewell !!

Well all that remains of our mild winter is some snow along the roads and shaded areas of the woods. This will be my final blog !! I sure will miss these Hakkapeliitta R2's  The VW Jetta will be go…

12 days of snow and 40"+ snowfall for April

Although it's not a record for the month many thought it was a April fools day joke when April start this year . We had accumulating snow everyday this month and temperature s down to -12 F. This month…

April Snow showers bring ? May snow piles !

Well April came in with more winter weather , over 7 inches lately with almost just as much expected over next few days. The Hakkapeliitta R2 tires continue to keep me safe in all weather conditions…

St Patty's day snow !

Well we had a 9 day break in winter with temps 20 plus degrees above average . Our snow pac melted alot, but if you lived downwind of Lake Superior you'd know that is subject to change especially  this…

Early spring break up in the Northwoods

After below zero temps in the first week of March the weather did a 180 and now we are sweltering in 20 to 30 degrees above average!  The roads are quickly thawing and it's turning into a mess on dirt…

March in the Lake Superior region

We have had a mild winter overall but it still looks like winter in the Northwoods. Last few mornings were -19 -17 -7 F so not warm for many. Our snow has settled to a compact 24" and typically is 36…

Slippery Roads

Well its been a mild winter so far but we did have some colder weather lately. Overall the pattern has been mild with a major snow deficit. Last year we had over 150" so far and this year only about…

Hakkapeliitta R2 review after 550" of snowfall

Well this is my 3rd winter on these great tires and they are still going strong!  They have nearly 20k miles on them and over 550" of snowfall under their belt. The wear has been quite even and I also…

Life Downwind of Lake Superior !

Starting last night we got a synoptic storm system with a wrap around wind off lake Superior . Whenever the wind comes off the big lake it snows and sometimes it keeps snowing and snowing till everyone…

-10 degree ice traction

Well I've had Internet issues so my apologies for my absense. Winter is still holding on in the Northwoods . Since November I've been driving on snow covered back roads in the high terrain of the nor…

Early Winter Storm

After a mild start to winter we are finally starting to get on track with more normal temperatures. Recently we got 8 inches of snow, The Hakkapeliitta R2 Tires did great on the unplowed roads.  Even…

White Christmas traction

Well after being nearly 50" of snow below average we narrowly escaped not having a white Chritsmas. Its only happened twice since 1961. The tires continue to grip well and haven't failed me yet after…

Snowy Trails

After getting alot of Rain it finally changed over to Snow and made for rough travel on the Morning Commute today. The El Nino winter has left us in a -36" snow deficit so far this season. The Hakkap…

Slushy travels

Well El nino is really making its presence known in the Lake Superior Region. This has been the mildest start to winter in Many Years, Most aren't complaining up here. Myself I want the Most snow a…

Thanksgiving in the Northwoods

Many reflect on Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful for Family,friends, and great food. These are all great but lets not forget great tires! Although Thanksgivings are typically white up here, howe…

ICY Roads vs. Hakkapeliitta R2

It sure has been a mild November for us. It seems we are lucky when we get a 1" of snowfall here and there this month. Yesterday we had mid 30's in the afternoon then moderate snow followed by a flas…

November Gales

Well with a mild Fall on hand we finally managed to get a little snow since October . Last year at this time we had nearly 50" for the season. We are well behind average for snowfall to date but many…

Ready for Winter with the Rugged Hakkapeliitta R2

  '' I'm back in the saddle and ready for year 3 on my Hakka R2 tires". After 2 previous seasons of excellence in the Lake Superior North land I expect the same this season. We've had 2 previous sn…

final season review of the eNTYRE 2.0

The colors are in full swing after being about one week behind schedule with mild temps. We finally had nearly a week of night temps in the 20's and some snow showers forecasted end of the week. Winter…

Copper Country Vacation with the eNTYRE 2.0

With summer in the rear view mirror its time to start thinking Fall Colors and cool temps. With a very mild September this year the colors are about a week behind. We had this trip planned for a mont…

summer blues

         Nothing more to cure the summer blues then to take a road trip!   We packed up the car and headed south to the other side of the state to visit some family. The eNTYRE 2.0 tires have bee…

Mid Summer review on the eNTYRE 2.0

It's been a very comfortable Summer so far and great weather to enjoy test driving the Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 Our temps have been from the lower 30's to mid 80's a few days. I got a real good chance to te…

Enjoying the eNTYRE 2.0 !

Its been a while since I last blogged. The summer has been slow to get here with several frosts and some snow late May. That hasn't stopped the tire testing at all. I've been very happy so far, the t…

The eNTYRE 2.0 two week review

The last bit of snow melted on May 11th and now the blackflies are out followed by the mosquitos. Soon it won't be too enjoyable outside but that doesn't stop tire testing. I'm very impressed how qui…

The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 first Impressions

  Spring has arrived in the North Central U.P. Yesterday was 73 degrees ! , warmest since Sept 27th 2014. This season change means time for the winter tire change over. I just got the Hakka R2 tire…

Earth Day Snow!

Happy Earth Day!   Today we were just reminded where we live. Anywhere from 2-8" fell across the west and central U.P. The roads were covered with ice and snow but the Hakka R2's handled like a dre…

"The return of Winter" 4/10/15

After a mild period earlier in the week the weather changed quickly. Yesterday we had freezing rain in the morning followed by rain and 33 degrees. by evening it began to change to snow. During the ear…

April and the Freeze thaw cycle

This Weekend We decided to take the long way to town and do some hiking on the rock hard 2' snowpack. The previous day we had 60 degrees ! the next day was only in the 20's. This make for some rough ro…

Spring in the U.P. Northwoods

Where the southern boreal meets the temperate forests one thing is for sure ,Never count on a quick transition to spring. After -16 F a few mornings ago the weather has warmed up and brought some hea…

Mixed driving conditions for the Hakka R2

We went from -27 to +59 in 4 days, Our robust start to Winter in early November quickly diminished by early February. We continued in a cold dry pattern till 9 days ago when the weather quickly turne…

Sloppy Roads & Warmest day since Oct 28th !

Today we hit 47 ! this was the warmest day since late October, this made for a mess on the roads with alot of standing water. The Hakka R2's always resist hydoplaning very well, the tread pattern spe…

The snow drought is over!

Well we finally got about 3" today , we've been in a cold dry weather pattern for a few weeks now. We got most of our heavy snow in November and December and since it's tapered off. Recently I Talk…

Snow packed roads and cold temperatures

As the northeast continues to get record snow we are falling well below normal. To most 154" would seem like a record unless you live in the north central U.P. Our side roads I drive on have been sno…

Cold and snow brings out the best in the Hakka R2's

With over 150" of snowfall this season, our landscape has been covered since November 7th. This is the second season testing these awesome tires, they continue  impress me daily. I will leave you w…

Meet the newest member of the Nokian Family

We have a new second vehicle in the family , A buick Lucerne Fwd car. It had Goodyear all season tires on it and to be perfectly honest I'm not sure how anyone in a snowy climate could actually feel sa…

A Hakkapeliitta Thanksgiving !

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on things we are thankful for . As Everyone I'm thankful for family and friends, among other things this includes great Snow tires. We've continued to have snow but no…

A brief thaw and slushy roads

after 53 inches of snow and sub zero temperatures this season we received our first Thaw since November 7th. we had two days of above freezing temperatures in which it turned the roads to slush I marve…

More Snow and Sub Zero Traction

With just over 50" of snow for the season we are off to a great start for tire testing here in the Northwoods. We had -4 F on the 15th and -5 F this morning . On average the all season tire hardens whe…

The calm after the big storm

I wasn't going to blog again but I figured to share some pictures of the recent driving conditions. The highest snowfall report I seen was 42" . We are off to a great start for that 250"+ winter. I dro…

ASTRO Storm who? meet the Hakkapeliitta R2

Winter is definitely here to stay , we"ll be lucky to see grass now till April or so. This Storm Named ASTRO  moved in Monday early afternoon and still continues dumping lake enhanced Snow over the are…

freezing out the competition with the Hakka R2

It appears winter May be here to stay, Our average established snow cover to stay all winter is third week of November. Last year it was about the 17th. All week we've been getting a little snow almost…

October Lake effect snow with the Hakka R2 tires

[gallery link="file" columns="1"] The last day of October brought Gusty North winds ,cold Temps and 4 to 8" of snow off Lake Superior. The Friday morning commute was very treacherous. we initially had…

Hints of Winter and testing the Hakkapeliitta R2

This Morning Brought clear roads and a heavy frost with 19 degrees. Over the last week we've Had a combination of rain , Lake effect Snow showers and dry roads. The tires remain quiet since last year,…

Back in the Saddle with the Hakka R2's

  well fall is here and that means it's time to put the hakka R2s back on. I'm glad to be back testing these awesome tires for another season here in the Northwoods. I hope you'll join me this season…

One more snow and the final review

Well we got 4'' of snow to wrap up the last days in April, Some light snow showers since. I was reluctant to remove the tires as last year brought us over 4" in May. I'm taking a chance but the worst i…

Slushy roads and hints of spring

Over the last few days we got around 3'' of snow . The temps were hovering around the freezing mark so it was very slushy on the roads but still slick in areas. I got up Thursday morning and brushed ov…

The Calm ''AFTER the storm

Well winter doesn't give up easy this Year. We had 2 mornings in a row with below zero readings. I awoke on the 16th to -8 F which broke a record low. We ended up getting just shy of 10" of snow yester…

Back to winter

Well you might say "it's April" it's spring time" well in the U.P. you never know. I must say when I got up this morning and seen -2 F I did question that it was mid April. We had some spring weather a…

April Fools'

It's been a cold winter and most are tired of Winter, Myself I don't mind at all. Recently We had mostly dry roads except melting snowfall running across roads etc. This was the first time I got to tes…

how to beat winters grip

That's a simple answer , First dress warm , and two compliment your vehicle with the best traction available in the North Country. Let me introduce you to the most versatile Winter studless tire availa…

A brief warm up and a 81 degree temperature swing

Well not to much to speak of  besides a little light snow and temps ranging from +54 warmest since Oct 14 2013  to -27 F for the month of march. The Hakka R2's handled the temperture swing with perfect…

4 Month review of the Hakka R2

Well it's been about 4 months now and the R2's are holding up nicely. We've continued cold and just a few days ago We had -30 and reports up -41 in the area. Our snow is around 130" which is below avg…

Tracks of agility

Since my last post We got about 6" and 3-5" expected today. It's been plenty cold with around 50 days with readings at or below zero. Many ask me what I like most about the tires. I tell them the agili…

Nokian ! the no flat spot tire

Well this morning graced us with temperatures as cold as -31 F . Being a heavy Equipment mechanic this means job security. As a yooper you just have to fight the cold with a nice warm Chuke and a pair…

The frozen chosen

Well it's been quiet here with little snow. Our total is up over 105" but that's below average here. Our "well" Lake Superior is vastly frozen now which doesn't happen very often. This ice bridge shoul…

Putting a new spin on winter tires !

As the saying goes '' you can't reinvent the wheel" ,However nobody said "you can't reinvent the Snow tire" ! This is exactly what Nokian has continued to do! I've driven on numerous snow tires but out…

Keeping it Finnish at the Heikki Lunta winterfest

Besides being Finnish the second best way to go to a Finnish winterfest would be driving up on some Finnish made Snow tyres ! Heikki Lunta is the embodiment of the Finnish snow god character, who orig…

Conquering the polar vortex the NOKIAN way

Well since my last post the main story for us has been the cold. Anybody up here waiting for a thaw has been waiting since before thanksgiving We've had 26 days so far with below zero readings. With La…

Inspiring Confidence and Safety after Every Curve

Since my last blog on fuel economy we’ve had some winterConditions return.  This has allowed someBreak in miles on the tires and it really shows in the siping. The siping and tread have become more pli…