2021 Nordic Studded Winter Tire Test

We're a little late posting this so there won't be much commentary, but hopefully someone will find it useful in 2022! In 2021, Moottori performed an excellent studded tire test, and included 8 of the best studded winter tires, including the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 which goes on to win the test, with the Michelin X-Ice North 4 also performing really well. 

If you spend some time analysing the data, you'll see the winner of the test actually might not be the best tire for you. The test winning tires are all the best tires in the snow and ice, the trade off is dry and wet performance, so If you live in a "milder" extreme winter climate, think carefully about what you want from the tire.

As always, tires are a trade off, and extreme winter performance nearly always hurts how a tire grips in the dry, so think about how you use the studded winter tire before picking the right tire for you.

Here's the data. Enjoy!

Dry

Wet

Snow

Ice

Environment

Results

1st: Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking4th+1.8 M94.47%
Wet Braking5th+1.35 M96.37%
Wet Handling5th+0.7 s98.36%
Snow Braking6th+0.37 M97.58%
Snow Traction1st100%
Snow Handling1st100%
Ice Braking2nd+0.29 M97.68%
Ice Traction1st100%
Ice Handling1st100%
Noise5th+2.6 dB96.29%
Overall rating 9.2. Features on ice and snow- Excellent traction and braking grip- Excellent bow grip in curves- Entertaining driving characteristics. Properties on asphalt- Safest in extreme situations- Logical driving behavior

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2nd: Michelin X Ice North 4

Michelin X Ice North 4
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking5th+2.02 M93.84%
Wet Braking7th+2.68 M93.05%
Wet Handling8th+1.24 s97.12%
Snow Braking2nd+0.22 M98.54%
Snow Traction2nd+0.12 s97.48%
Snow Handling2nd+0.13 s99.85%
Ice Braking3rd+0.6 M95.32%
Ice Traction2nd+0.22 s94.99%
Ice Handling2nd+1.16 s98.15%
Noise8th+2.8 dB96.02%
Overall rating 9.0. Features on ice and snow- Easy manageability in all conditions- Excellent snow and ice grip- Logical driving behavior on snow and ice. Properties on asphalt- Long braking distances in the wet- Poor lateral grip when wet

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3rd: Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2

Goodyear UltraGrip Arctic 2
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking7th+2.14 M93.5%
Wet Braking1st100%
Wet Handling1st100%
Snow Braking5th+0.34 M97.77%
Snow Traction4th+0.18 s96.27%
Snow Handling4th+0.78 s99.09%
Ice Braking1st100%
Ice Traction4th+0.83 s83.4%
Ice Handling3rd+2.19 s96.56%
Noise4th+2.1 dB96.98%
Overall rating 8.9. Features on ice and snow- Best braking on ice- Good snow grip- Variable driving behavior. Properties on asphalt- Excellent lateral grip on wet- Shortest braking distances in the wet- Precise and conscientious

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4th: Nokian Nordman 8

Nokian Nordman 8
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking6th+2.09 M93.64%
Wet Braking8th+2.95 M92.4%
Wet Handling5th+0.7 s98.36%
Snow Braking4th+0.29 M98.09%
Snow Traction3rd+0.15 s96.88%
Snow Handling6th+1.26 s98.53%
Ice Braking4th+0.94 M92.86%
Ice Traction3rd+0.61 s87.24%
Ice Handling6th+5.97 s91.16%
Noise7th+2.7 dB96.15%
Overall rating 8.6. Features on ice and snow- Good longitudinal grip on ice- Good longitudinal grip on snow- Overdrive basic operation. Properties on asphalt- Poor wet grip- Moderate lateral grip on wet- Good lateral dry grip

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5th: Continental IceContact 3

Continental IceContact 3
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking8th+2.88 M91.44%
Wet Braking4th+1.24 M96.66%
Wet Handling2nd+0.02 s99.95%
Snow Braking3rd+0.23 M98.48%
Snow Traction7th+0.31 s93.75%
Snow Handling3rd+0.63 s99.26%
Ice Braking5th+3.2 M79.25%
Ice Traction6th+1.72 s70.8%
Ice Handling7th+6.58 s90.34%
Noise2nd+1.1 dB98.4%
Overall rating 8.4. Features on ice and snow- Safe driving on snow- Stops effectively on snow- Moderate ice grip. Properties on asphalt- Excellent lateral grip on wet- Weakest dry grip- Weakest extreme behavior

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6th: Gislaved Nord Frost 200

Gislaved Nord Frost 200
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking2nd+0.53 M98.31%
Wet Braking6th+1.9 M94.97%
Wet Handling3rd+0.25 s99.41%
Snow Braking6th+0.37 M97.58%
Snow Traction6th+0.29 s94.13%
Snow Handling7th+1.77 s97.95%
Ice Braking6th+4.34 M73.79%
Ice Traction5th+1.69 s71.16%
Ice Handling5th+5.34 s92.02%
Noise3rd+1.2 dB98.25%
Overall rating 8.3. Features on ice and snow- Good traction and braking on snow- Medium traction and braking on ice- Basic behavior of logical sub-control. Properties on asphalt- Very good lateral wet grip- Poor wet grip- Good longitudinal dry grip

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7th: BFGoodrich G Force Stud

BFGoodrich G Force Stud
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking1st100%
Wet Braking3rd+0.91 M97.53%
Wet Handling4th+0.6 s98.59%
Snow Braking1st100%
Snow Traction5th+0.23 s95.29%
Snow Handling5th+1.23 s98.57%
Ice Braking8th+6.15 M66.52%
Ice Traction7th+2.85 s59.4%
Ice Handling4th+5 s92.49%
Noise1st100%
Overall rating 8.2. Features on ice and snow- Excellent braking performance on snow- Poor longitudinal grip on ice- Good lateral grip on ice. Properties on asphalt- Logical driving behavior in wet conditions- Shortest dry braking

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8th: Sava Eskimo Stud

Sava Eskimo Stud
  • 205/55 R16
Test#Difference%
Dry Braking3rd+1.09 M96.58%
Wet Braking2nd+0.45 M98.76%
Wet Handling7th+0.79 s98.15%
Snow Braking8th+0.76 M95.14%
Snow Traction8th+0.43 s91.54%
Snow Handling8th+2.76 s96.84%
Ice Braking7th+5.91 M67.4%
Ice Traction8th+3.43 s54.87%
Ice Handling8th+10.27 s85.7%
Noise5th+2.6 dB96.29%
Overall rating 7.5. Features on ice and snow- Poor ice grip- Steep grip limit, leaves surprisingly slipping- High understeer behavior. Properties on asphalt- Short braking distances in the wet- Short dry braking distances- Slippery cornering in wet conditions

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