Nokian Weatherproof: the new benchmark for all season tyres?
The all season tyre market is booming and Nokian has not escaped this current trend. Weatherproof is the name given to the Finnish tyre manufacturer’s new tyre which promises first class safety in all circumstances. So, let’s check it out.
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Keen observers will not have failed to notice the situation. The all season tyre segment is enjoying unprecedented activity. This category of tyres, previously shunned by certain tyre manufacturers, is gaining recognition: Pirelli Cinturato All Season, Firestone Multiseason are among the new tyres that assume a direct relationship with winter tyres, whereas the Michelin CrossClimate positions itself as a summer tyre... suitable for winter!
Therefore, it is not surprising that the tyre manufacturer, presented as the inventor of snow tyres, is positioning its Weatherproof as a winter tyre derivative.
Innovative technical choices
The Weatherproof uses structural elements taken from the new WR D4, such as its casing. The V-shaped tread blocks with wide channels are designed to store snow and open shoulders effectively push water away.
According to Nokian, its dual silica compound is one of the key elements behind this tyre’s versatility, which is announced as delivering high performance in summer and in winter.
Partially developed on the Nordic test track at Ivalo where we had the opportunity to discover it, this tyre has also been developed on high speed tracks in Germany and Spain. An approach that reflects the desire to offer a versatile product, adapted to seasonal changes.
The first tests show that this tyre has a competitive edge over its rivals. We will give you more details soon.
For whom? For what?
Even if the Weatherproof bears the 3PMSF symbol which indicates its real winter capabilities, it should not be considered as such. Like all other all season tyres it is designed for motorists driving in different conditions (dry, rain, slush) and who, from time to time, encounter snow. However, for frequent snowy conditions, it is best to consider alpine tyres, or even Nordic tyres.
Designed for Central European countries, it will be available in sizes ranging from 13 to 18 inches for passenger cars, from 16 to 18 inches for SUVs, and from 14 to 16 inches for vans.
It will be available on the market from autumn 2015.
The Weatherproof in pictures in our Flickr album:
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