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Federal’s winter tire line – Himalaya is extended with a new member, WS2. With Federal’s latest winter rubber compounds, WS2 has consistent and excellent performance of grip in various winter conditions without compromising tread life. Stud on tread greatly increases traction on snow/ice surfaces for confident driving. The intersecting main grooves provide strong grip and minimize noise emission. Specially designed random pitch arrangement delivers excellent braking. Directional V-shaped tread pattern strengthen stiffness of tread, which decreases uneven wear in high-loading driving. All season use (M+S). Please check with Federal’s sales for available sizes currently.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
HIMALAYA WS2 tyre review
Average based on 99 test results
Grip in dry conditions
Braking in dry conditions
Grip in wet conditions
Braking in wet conditions
Grip in snow
Internal noise level
01.06.2015 from brickley Excellent tyre for driving in the snow and ice
09.07.2010 from Perry Debell I expect two more winter seasons from these tyres.
20.01.2010 from Vic Gregory This tyre started to impress straight out of the tyre fitters right into heavy falling snow and slush temp 3. Its quiet good grip with little or no understeer on slush laiden roundabouts, good high speed stability.