The new high-performance Nokian Weatherproof family of winter tyres will put an end to the tyre change roulette that bothers drivers each spring and autumn. These top examples of Nokian Tyres' revolutionary All-Weather concept combine reliable winter safety with the precise driving stability and firm handling of the Nokian summer tyres. Top-notch innovations from the world's northernmost tyre manufacturer ensure that the Nokian Weatherproof tyre range offers comfortable driving during all seasons.
The multi-talented Nokian Weatherproof product family is designed for drivers who require a safe option for the snow and slush but who also want to drive efficiently and effortlessly in the summer. The Nokian Weatherproof product family offers durable performance for Central European roads and streets, and it offers sizes for modern passenger cars, SUVs and vans alike. All of the sizes have the Snowflake symbol (3PMSF), which indicates that the tyres have been officially approved for winter use.
The comprehensive size selection for passenger cars ranges all the way from 13 inches up to 18 inches. The range that is tailored for heavier SUV use covers sizes from 16 to 18 inches The speed ratings for this modern product family designed for year-round use are T, H and V. A significant portion of the sizes is marked XL for the highest possible load capacity. The range for delivery vehicles and vans covers sizes from 14 to 16 inches (speed index N, R and T). The size selection of this new Nokian Weatherproof C has different tread models for larger vehicles and lighter loads.
The new Nokian Weatherproof family offers one of the most extensive product range on the market for All-Weather segment. The Nokian Weatherproof will be available at tyre retailers in the autumn of 2015. The most important market area for the new products will be Central Europe.
Safe in the winter, precise in the summer
The successful Nokian All-Weather concept from the world's northernmost tyre manufacturer is now being extended into the European market. The core of the concept is to offer a functional solution for drivers who want to say goodbye to the seasonal tyre changes but still want the best possible protection for snowy, slushy and rainy roads on every day of the year.
Nokian Tyres' expertise in tyre structure and rubber compounds can be seen and felt in the new product family. The innovative product development also required thousands of hours of testing at the test track of the world's northernmost tyre manufacturer in Ivalo, north of the Arctic Circle. The excellent summer characteristics received their final form after the Nokian Weatherproof underwent a strict testing programme on the high-speed tracks in Germany and Spain.
The versatile Nokian Weatherproof is a winter tyre with excellent grip characteristics. At the same time, it is also a summer tyre that rolls precisely during hot summer conditions. According to our tests, the Nokian Weatherproof product family is much safer and more versatile than the typical all-season tyres. The snowflake symbol also indicates that the tyre is suitable and officially approved for winter use, says Product Development Manager Olli Seppälä from Nokian Tyres.
Centre Block Channeling - Excellent grip on snow, effective slushplaning prevention
Every millimetre on the aggressive tread pattern of the durable and high-performance Nokian Weatherproof has a specific role. The steep surface geometry of the centre area, with its large tread blocks, has been carefully optimised to ensure excellent grip on snowy and wet roads. The axe-like V-shaped tread blocks firmly grip the snowy road. The heavy siping and the grading of the tread blocks add more gripping edges and further improve grip. The wedge-like rises between the centre and shoulder blocks strengthen the precise steering feel and the thoroughly tested, excellent grip on snow.
The deep and open channels on the centre blocks (Centre Block Channeling) increase grip under extreme winter conditions. The channels also operate at full power under wet conditions. They effectively push slush and water away from between the tyre and the road, which effectively prevents slushplaning and aquaplaning. The excellent aquaplaning properties are rounded off by the stylish polished grooves that accelerate the removal of water and slush.
Driving stability, grip and durability regardless of the temperature
Tests show that the Nokian Weatherproof rolls lightly and precisely even on sun-scorched dry asphalt. The stiff shoulder blocks offer driving stability even at high speeds and ensure, for their part, that the new product will stop easily and quickly even on rain-soaked roads.
The greatest challenge in terms of material development was the extreme temperature variations, from dozens of degrees below zero to scorching heat waves. The tread compound of the Nokian Weatherproof is tailored for varying conditions. It works wonderfully along a wide range of temperatures and can withstand harsh wear even in hot summer weather. Winter grip is excellent at temperatures near zero and slightly below it. The next-generation silica compound also allows for good wet grip and low rolling resistance, which reduces fuel consumption.
New Nokian Weatherproof SUV - tailored stability for SUV use
Several effective innovations support the thread of the sturdy SUV model. A special Stiffness Zone was designed in the shoulder area between the tread blocks in order to stiffen the tyre shoulder. The Stiffness Zone improves precision and calmness especially on dry roads. The new Nokian Weatherproof SUV can carry and manage its high wheel loads surely and firmly on ice, snow, bare roads or even the ever treacherous slush. The tread compound is even stiffer than in the passenger car model, which allows for an especially accurate steering feel.
The carefully selected and tested structural solutions make the Nokian Weatherproof a balanced mover. The tighter wrapping of the nylon belts on the shoulder areas stiffens the steel belt structure and reduces the movement of the tread blocks. This can be felt in the precise steering feel during high-speed cornering or lane changes.
Driving Safety Indicator - Exact information on tyre condition
The location and pressure indicators on the Nokian Weatherproof's sidewall info area improve winter safety and user comfort. The information area allows for recording the correct inflation pressure and installation location during tyre change. Safety is improved further by a new section that can be used to record the tightening torque of the wheel nuts for alloy wheels.
As before, the tread surface has the Driving Safety Indicator (DSI), patented by Nokian Tyres. The numbers on the centre surface of the tyre indicate how much of the main groove depth remains on the tread. The snowflake symbol of the Winter Safety Indicator (WSI) remains visible to a groove depth of four millimetres. Once the snowflake has worn out, the driver should purchase new winter tyres to ensure sufficient safety.
Nokian Weatherproof – Beyond four seasons
Superior on snow, excellent grip even on wet roads
Durable high performance throughout the year
Extremely stable and comfortable driving behaviour
Tailored centre area. Excellent winter grip. The steep surface geometry of the centre area has been carefully optimised to ensure excellent grip on snowy and wet roads. The axe-like V-shaped tread blocks firmly grip the snowy road. The heavy siping and the grading of the tread blocks add more gripping edges and further improve grip. The wedge-like rises between the centre and shoulder blocks strengthen the precise steering feel and excellent grip on snow.
Centre Block Channeling. Extreme grip, effective slushplaning prevention. The deep and open channels on the centre blocks increase grip under extreme winter conditions. The channels effectively push slush and water away from between the tyre and the road, which effectively prevents slushplaning and aquaplaning.
Nokian Weatherproof rubber compound. Tailored safety and durability. The tread compound is tailored for varying conditions; it works wonderfully along a wide range of temperatures and can withstand harsh wear even in hot summer weather. Winter grip is excellent at temperatures near zero and slightly below it. The next-generation silica compound also allows for good wet grip and low rolling resistance, which reduces fuel consumption.
Stiffness Zone. Balanced and stable driving. A special Stiffness Zone was designed in the shoulder area of the Nokian Weatherproof SUV in order to stiffen the tyre shoulder. The Stiffness Zone improves precision and calmness especially on dry roads.
Polished Grooves. Safety on wet roads. Polished grooves facilitate the removal of snow and slush.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Nokian Weatherproof tyre review
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13.09.2020 from Gary Quigley I purchased this BMW 118d to replace my ageing BMW 325 Sport Touring. When I initially purchased this car I expected BMW handling and precision and was shocked after driving the car a few hundred miles. The vehicle handled so badly I took it to my local garage to check the steering and suspension as I felt the cars handling was dangerous!!. My garage strangely found no faults at all but they did point out that the vehicle was fitted with run flat tyres. I was intending to travel from Colchester to Glenshee in Scotland for a skiing trip and was considering hiring another car. I purchased these Nokian Weatherproof tyres (Standard NOT Run Flat) and the tyre fitter drove my car into the fitting area and fitted the tyres. When he drove my car out of the garage and handed my keys I drove my vehicle to my home address. I had to get out of the car and check the number plate to make sure this was the same car. These tyres have transformed this vehicle into a proper BMW the difference it absolutely astonishing. I drove the car from Colchester to the Highlands of Scotland and these tyres performed superbly. Motorway and country roads it performed so well and I was staggered at how little diesel I went through during this 1100 mile drive.
I would definately recommend these tyres to family and friends. They have transformed the handling of my BMW and if anyone out there is driving or thinking of purchasing run flat tyres don't they are awful and pointless.
15.07.2020 from Phillip i have these fitted to all my cars and even had Tyre's removed from a new car to have these fitted in place.
fantastic in wet or dry conditions very low on Noise, and gives back a good grip feel to the road
10.05.2020 from Andrew Ireland Comfortable with good road holding
08.05.2020 from Mark I bought these just before the winter and as often happens in the UK it didn't snow this year (that being why I didn't want to switch between dedicated summer and winter tyres) but with these being nordic approved for winter use I wasn't worried about that; so the only real issue was how much dry/wet performance would be compromised. The answer is "not at all": these are much better than the original fit "mud/snow tyres" that they replace on my 3008, giving better braking and cornering confidence on both wet and dry roads.
So they aren't a dedicated sport tyre, and I'm sure you can get better for either dedicated summer or winter use if you pay enough, but as a compromise tyre to leave on all year in climates where you may or may not get snow these may well be the best available.