Writing about the Vredestein Wintrac Pro
Driving on a combination of roads
Great winter tires, needed a short period of bedding in but great in snow/ice plus good wet and dry performance, in a tire that you can still drive relatively hard with if you want. This is my winter tire so I accept that it's going to compromise performance for snow/ice grip so you have to decide whether you want to swap every year between summers and winters, if not I wouldn't run these all year round, they would wear out too quickly as they're seriously sticky for snow and ice. If you do need winters, look no further, for the price (they were almost the cheapest quality winter tires @ £91 each) they're quite a bit less than the competition and performed so well on snow/ice I can't recommend enough.
Bedding in period is around 50 miles or so where the wet grip was quite bad, I was starting to regret buying them, but after this they're great that's quite important to remember. Also they are quite a soft tire with a soft sidewall so I've found I can't use all the power (340bhp in my m140i because the rear of the car sqirms around and is quite unnerving. It will roll left to right until you back off. Its not the speed that is the problem, they're V rated to 150 mph so no problem they're, it's just the power or torque flexing the sidewalls I guess. If you don't have a powerful car like the m140i you'd probably never notice it, I can still accelerate quite fast, just not full throttle. At a guess I'd say up to about 260bhp you probably won't notice it and certainly not a reason to avoid buying these tires. If you're using winter tires you have to expect some loss in total performance, and I paid nearly half what something like a Michelin Alpin is, and around £30 per tire less than Bridgestone and Goodyear alternatives.
I was genuinely shocked at how good they were in the snow/ice. The road was Kirkstone Pass, it snowed over night and we went over the pass to see the snow and test out the tires. So many cars were getting stuck, turning around, and 1 even crashed and was waiting to get recovered. I watched for about 20 minutes while I decided if these snow tires were actually good enough as I didn't want to crash my new (to me) m140i! Didnt need to worry at all, going down first I was doing lots of brake tests to make sure I wasn't just sliding on ice and it stopped very well, no slipping. Then coming back up the steep hill it didn't even slip, I then slowed right down and accelerated gently to see if I wasn't just on the edge of the grip or something, still no slip. I had to really give push the throttle to get any slip, I definitely couldn't have made it slip without going over the top on purpose with the throttle, so impressed.
Using these from now on as Winter tires on my m140i which has Michelin Super Sports fitted in the summer.
One more thing specific to my car, it comes standard with 225 50 18 front and 245 35 18 rear (something like that), but for winter tires it's perfectly safe to fit 225 40 18 92Y all round, it even says that tire size on the sticker beside the drivers door, I was trying to figure this out for ages so for anyk e else wanted to know winter tire sizes for an m140i on standard 18's it's 225 40 18 92Y all round. 88Y load rating isn't good enough so don't buy those (I also read that somewhere).