while driving a
Ford Focus RS Mk1
(225/40 R18 V) on
a combination of roads
This was my second winter running these Falken winter tires. In comparison to last year, this ended up being a very mild winter, with no snow in my area at all, and temperatures often being above 7C.
On the few occasions that I drove in freezing conditions, with black ice on the roads, I found the tires again, excellent. They were grippy, predicable and confidence inspiring.
The rest of the time driving in mild dry and wet conditions I found the tires bearable but not ideal. When the weather is on the warmer side the tires feel extremely soft and are not particularly responsive to steering inputs compared to a summer tire. In warm wet weather lateral grip was somewhat unpredictable. Main problem areas were the slow speed slides around roundabouts, at speeds as low as 20mph. These arent really criticisms, as the tires were operating in conditions outside of their design, just observations.
The other area of comment is wear. They havent worn at all, very impressive considering the road conditions!