Hello again ,
This week i'd like to talk about tire compounds and how they effect our driving in more ways then most would think.
I've had plenty of opportunity to test the tires with just about 65'' of snow, 16 days of below zero readings , and only two days of 34 degree readings in the last 36 days.
Yesterday we had numerous accidents on our local main highway, it all started the previous day after some light snow was plowed they applied salt to the road ,the next morning the road moisture refroze causing black ice in the -15 to -20 weather. To be honest I didn't notice the roads being slick like everyone was talking about. I was able to safely get to work with no sliding.
This story brings me to my main topic , "tire compounds", Many people don't realize that a standard all season tire is made from compounds that begin to harden at around 45 degrees F .
This means the colder it is the less traction you'll have. The Hakka R2 stays amazingly soft and pliable even in temps well below zero thus retaining the functionality of the active siping these tires provide.
The Hakka R2 uses the new cryo silane based winter silica compound, rapeseed oil acts as the catalyst in the cryo silane compound developed for low temps. the proportion of natural rubber is higher and that keeps the tire more stable over a broad temperature range.
If you read more about this you can tell Nokian really researched this compound and didn't cut corners. When it comes to winter traction why settle for second best?
till next time , Keep your tires on the ice and the firewood burning!