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I'm looking for some advice from the Rocky Mountain/Mountain West gang.<p>The stock Continentals are shot (thank god). I need an upgrade. Seeing as how I will run dedicated Winters next year, this choice is between a dedicated Summer tire or A/S.<p>Here's the catch: I spend a lot of time up in the mountains (year round). Typically I'll encounter <B>snow</B> as late as June and as early as September. Although, here in town, its typically very dry through the summer and fall. <p>I realize tire topics have been discussed here ad nauseam, and I've used "Search" to read over most of the archived threads, but I still don't think I've found what I'm looking for.<p>Any/all advice is appreciated.<br>Cheers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

I have a set of bridgestone A/S Potenza's that worked well for me through the winter. I went up snowboarding quite a bit this year. No they don't perform as well as winter tires but the few times that the roads are snow packed out here (thanks to the colorado sun) and if you don't drive to fast for conditions, they work good! <p>Good Luck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The performance difference between the all seasons I had/have and the summers I have is very noticeable. The best case would be having a second set of wheels and swapping out to the winter tires when you're going to encounter snow. That worked out well for me because I bought my car used with scratched up wheels, so I bought 18s for summer and performance tires, and use the scraped up 17s for winter. <p>I have Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position RE050A for summer and would recommend them. I have/had Eagle F1 All-Seasons for winter and would NOT recommend them. They got noisy and tread wore out after 13 months on my car, and weren't that great in the snow to begin with. I say have/had because they're still on my winter wheels but will be replaced before cold weather comes back. <p>Definitely go with the dedicated summer tire if you have winters available. All seasons are a compromise in all seasons.
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

First time I've heard of Mountain West outside of college basketball, lol. My school is a part of that conference so I think I count, right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><br>I have really enjoyed my Toyo T1-Rs, they are an awesome summer tire, and I used them for part of winter and they seemed to do ok. Like stated above, get a nice set of summer tires and have some dedicated winters. As long as you don't drive too crazy during your brief encounters with snow as late as June, you should be fine. I drove in over 6" of snow with my T1-Rs, which have a horrible rating in the snow, and thought they did very well. Of course, I also have the AWD so maybe that helped, but I don't remember if it ever kicked in or not.
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (Modernman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Modernman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have a set of bridgestone A/S Potenza's that worked well for me through the winter. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeh, I had a set of B-stone Pole Position RE960 A/S's once and didn't think their performance matched the money I spent. Don't get me wrong, they got the job done, but they seemed unwilling to be 'pushed' esp. in summer.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carreragt7</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I drove in over 6" of snow with my T1-Rs, which have a horrible rating in the snow, and thought they did very well.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Really?!?!? Holy crap! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> You're a braver man than I. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> After reading all the horror stories in the R-forum about the stock Rosso's in snow (or less) I'm a bit hesitant to test Summer compounds in the white stuff. But it sounds like you managed just fine.....with some cautious driving skills, I assume?<p>From here on out I'm going to use the stock 16" Clava's as my winter wheel. I'm looking to go with 17's or 18's for the remaining 3 seasons.
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

My potential A/S list.....was:<p>Yokohama ADVAN S4 <br>Pirelli PZero Nero M&S (wife likes Pirelli)<br>Michellin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ($$$$$ - sell my first born)<br>Goodyear Eagle F1 All-Seasons (mix-bag of reviews from SS)<p>I really want to go with dedicated Summers, I'll just have to take my chances with the late and early snow/ice. My 'better half' will just have to get used to it.<p>Modernman's right though: Thank god for the Colorado sun! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"><br>Thanks guys. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

FIERCE TIRES FTW!!!!! HAHAHA I love my tires they're awesome. <p>Anyway I heard that Goodyear Eagle GT are amazing all season tires. I have read and heard reviews of people using them in the snow and no problems with traction. So Ive heard.
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

I bought Yokohama S. drives and like em. Ill be buying winter wheels though for sure. So far they have done pretty well in our standard rainy season. I was going to get Parada Spec 2's but the wife convinced me not to <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (vsweede40life)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>vsweede40life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">FIERCE TIRES FTW!!!!! HAHAHA I love my tires they're awesome. <p>Anyway I heard that Goodyear Eagle GT are amazing all season tires. I have read and heard reviews of people using them in the snow and no problems with traction. So Ive heard. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>i have them and they are good. best as far as performance from a all season tire. they run a bit harsh tho. and are loud.
 

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Re: Conti's are dead....what next? (flying uittos)

I run Bridgestone Blizzak's in the winter and have ran Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ($$$$$) in the past and put on Cooper Zeon Sport A/S last summer. The Coopers have been great so far and are way cheaper than much of the competition.<p>All Seasons are great for the summer and are okay at best in areas that have a real winter like Alaska. Dedicated winter tires are AMAZINGLY superior for snow.
 
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