Toyo Observe G3-Ice Studdable

4.1

Price Range:  USD $67.76 to $292.79

Winter

Passenger Cars /Winter/Premium

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The Toyo Observe G3-Ice Studdable winter tire is designed for tough winter driving conditions combining excellent winter performance with driving comfort. Equipped with Toyo´s Microbit studless tire technology and an advanced directional tread pattern the Observe G3-Ice Studdable is ready to handle snow, ice or slush and offers superior ride comfort.

  • Improved compound with high levels of silica ensures tread blocks remain flexible at lower temperatures. Silica also helps enhance wet grip and traction.
  • Wide evacuation grooves for efficient evacuation of water, snow or slush.
  • Multi-wave sipes to increase tread block rigidity. Increased sipe density to increase ice traction.
  • Alternating buttress block design helps dig into snow and propel the vehicle through slush or snow rutted roads.
  • V-shaped centre rib with a horizontal Sipe offers stability at higher speeds. V-Shape design improves water or slush drainage. Horizontal sipes improve braking and accelerating.
  • Large u-shaped tread blocks with saw toothed edges designed for added aggressive grip on snow or slush. Saw-toothed edges further improve cornering and braking ability.
  • Gear edge design increases edge effect for better traction during cornering or braking with or without studs installed.
  • Optimized stud hole placement increases scratch effect (road contact) with less studs for better traction and reducing ride noise.
  • Microbit Technology In Compound : Crushed Walnut shells embedded in the tire tread compound dig and bite into the ice surface for improved ice traction.

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Overall 

4.1

Toyo Observe G3-Ice Studdable
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Dry
(3.3)
Wet
(4.3)
Snow
(4.3)
Handling
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Noise
(4.3)
Treadwear
(4.3)
Overall:
3.8
Dry
3.0
Wet
4.0
Snow
4.0
Handling
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Noise
4.0
Treadwear
5.0

It's a dedicated snow tire so dry handling is not its strong suit. The soft, rubbery, sipe-y tread squirm and blocky construction that makes a good snow tire detract, unsurprisingly, from a tire's dry-road potential. They're great at pumping water in the wet, leaving tracks behind that may well be dry for all I know. In snow or slush they're very good, giving surprisingly good braking and acceleration in adverse conditions. The tire can't overcome the pushy STI chassis in corners but a predictable recovery is a tap of the throttle away. On ice they impress less, perhaps merely average. They _are_ studdable though so if freezing rain is your game and studs are legal where you drive, there's no reason I can see to not get these above-average snow tires. (I've only had them for a few hundred KMs now and can't vouch for treadlife...)

Size: 245/40R18

Vehicle: 2010 Subaru Impreza 4 Dr Hatchback WRX STI with 500 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 11/15/2019 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
3.8
Dry
3.0
Wet
4.0
Snow
4.0
Handling
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Noise
4.0
Treadwear
4.0

Mustang still struggles to get grip on snow, not the best on ice. Should probably studded the tires. I don’t believe the micobites technology actually works as advertised. On dry, car has tons of body roll, and little traction. Would looks else where in the future. Disappointed with the tires, had high hopes.

Size: 275/40R19

Vehicle: 2019 Ford Mustang 2 Dr Coupe GT Premium Performance Pkg. with 2000 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 11/6/2019 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
4.7
Dry
4.0
Wet
5.0
Snow
5.0
Handling
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Noise
5.0
Treadwear
4.0

Amazing traction on wet and icy surface.. much better than Bridgestone... on par with Continental I would say but much quieter!!! Not sure about treadwear yet but so far, I am loving it!

Size: 225/55R18

Vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi RVR 4 Dr Sport Utility GT with 1000 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 12/10/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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