What's this? Overall score emphasizes safety-related tests, including braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. We scored performance on snow and ice more heavily for winter tires. Scores and ratings are held to a comparative standard within a tire category. For instance, the performance winter tire ratings in this report are not comparable to other charts or to previously tested tires.
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Summary:A studless winter tire designed for seasonal use. Comes in an R speed rating.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance winter tire
models like the Hakkapeliitta R2 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Snow traction reflects the distance our test car needed to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on moderately packed snow.
We tested ice braking on a skating rink from 10 to 0 mph.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Tread The tread is what makes contact with the road. Patterns vary to suit specific performance criteria including tread life, handling, traction, and noise. Tread patterns incorporate ribs and tread "blocks" that contact the road and "valleys" between ribs or tread blocks called grooves for evacuating water. Slits in the ribs or tread blocks are called sipes that provide biting edges useful in wintry weather.
I have my Hakkapeliittas mounted on dedicated 16 inch wheels, that came with my 2008 Mini Cooper. They are stored from early April until late October every year, since 2008. I live in a snow belt with about 150 inches average each year, and an average of about four significant snows per week. These tires have given superb grip in snow, ice and slush for six winters, only slipping on dry pavement when I treat my Mini Cooper as if it were summer on a nice curve. I recently noticed that they were manufactured in week 33 of 2005, so I need to replace them, even though the tread depth passes all the guidelines. I plan to get the same tire again. My car feels a bit like a street legal snowmobile with these. I've driven other Minis that don't have this tire and it's clear that this tire is amazing for a climate such as this.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By The Gitxsan
from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Winter in the north.
I find the Nokian tires to always have amazing performance when it comes to all weather and winter conditions. The Hakkapaliita R2's are easily the best winter tire I have used. Short of having a barely noticeable wet breaking issue, the R2's are confidence inspiring and excellent for traction and breaking in snow and ice. <br /><br />I will not use any other winter tires.