Nokian Outpost nAT vs Hakkapeliitta R5 vs WRG4 vs One

The new Nokian Outpost nAT claims to be an all terrain tire you can use in snow, but how good is it? Nokian invented winter tires, so they're pretty confident, so confident in fact they suggested we test it against the king of winter tires, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5, along with their much loved all weather tire, the Nokian WRG4 SUV, and their high mileage all season tire, the Nokian One SUV.

Before we start, it's worth noting that three of the tires are 3PMSF marked, which is the 3 peak mountain snowflake symbol, sometimes called "severe snow rating". The Winter, All Weather and All Terrain tires carry the 3PMSF marking, but the all season does not. The test size was 265/65 R17, and we used a Toyota Hilux for the test in RWD only mode.

Snow BrakingNokian Hakkapeliitta R5: 15.3 MNokian One: 23.88 M
Snow TractionNokian Hakkapeliitta R5: 4.92 sNokian One: 8.44 s
Snow HandlingNokian Hakkapeliitta R5: 89.6 sNokian One: 105 s

Snow Data

Snow traction is a difficult test for a tire, especially on an unloaded pickup, so it gave us the largest differences between the tires. The Winter was naturally the best, with the all weather around 18% slower in the acceleration test, the all terrain was 12% behind the all weather, and the all season another 11% behind the all terrain.

Interestingly while the order remained the same for snow braking, the extra weight over the primary axle helped the all terrain finish closer to the all weather, and significantly ahead of the all season.

While the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 was unsurprisingly the fastest around the lap, the real brilliance of a full winter tire came in the subjective handling - the confidence you felt on the Hakka R5 was unrivaled. The all terrain was close to the all weather in time, but the all weather tire felt more balanced around the lap.


1st: Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5
  • 265/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: yes
Snow Braking1st15.3 M100%
Snow Traction1st4.92 s100%
Snow Handling1st89.6 s100%
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 is totally joyful tire to drive on snow, and proof that a good winter tire can make anything fun in the snow as it made the test Toyota Hilux exceptional fun! Compared to the other tires it just had more grip everywhere, loads of front end grip on turn in, no understeer at all and loads of traction at the rear and when it was sliding it was controllable. This tire is one of the kings of snow performance, and it shows.

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2nd: Nokian WR G4 SUV

Nokian WR G4 SUV
  • 265/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: yes
Snow Braking2nd20.14 M15.3 M+4.84 M75.97%
Snow Traction2nd5.8 s4.92 s+0.88 s84.83%
Snow Handling2nd98.3 s89.6 s+8.7 s91.15%
Admittedly the WRG4 couldn't match the winter tire in the snow, but it's not a winter tire, it's an all weather tire so should be better in the dry and wet, but the grip is offered was predictable and safe.

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3rd: Nokian Outpost nAT

Nokian Outpost nAT
  • 265/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: yes
Snow Braking3rd20.72 M15.3 M+5.42 M73.84%
Snow Traction3rd6.96 s4.92 s+2.04 s70.69%
Snow Handling3rd98.65 s89.6 s+9.05 s90.83%
The Nokian Outpost nAT was way closer to the all weather than the all season tire, which is very impressive. It's worth reminding you that we're testing on very hard packed snow at around -17c / 0f!
Sure, the all terrain tire felt a little more like a blunt instrument, there was less feedback around the limit of grip and even coming out of the garage you could tell that it's a more solid tire, but considering you could do a weekend of winter offroading in the sunshine then drive back home through a where it's snowing and still be better off than everyone on their all season tires - it's a very impressive blend.

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4th: Nokian One

Nokian One
  • 265/65 R17
  • 3PMSF: no
Snow Braking4th23.88 M15.3 M+8.58 M64.07%
Snow Traction4th8.44 s4.92 s+3.52 s58.29%
Snow Handling4th105 s89.6 s+15.4 s85.33%
A lot of tire retailers are wanting to recategorise all season tires to "three season tires" to acknowledge their limited snow performance, but the Nokian One HT was surprisingly good, for its category. However, it's still nearly 20% slower than the winter tire around the lap and easily 100% less confidence inspiring. Traction as always was the most noticeable thing when comparing all season tires to full winters, , the small inclines on the track were taken much slower with minimal acceleration. Turning was fine at lower speeds but there was no reserves on the all season tire.

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