I'd say the Nokian winter tires are probably every bit as good as we've read and heard, if you can afford them. I got them used and cheap and I would rank them nearly as good as new Bridgestone Blizzaks, a little better than new General Arctic Altimax, a couple steps better than Firestone Winterforce, and quite a bit better than used Blizzaks. When it's time to replace them(should have one more winter on them) we'll see what my budget says. The Generals have been pretty good for us too, and they're usually much more wallet friendly.
To update this little review for the benefit of @96firephoenix
and anyone else interested in planning ahead for the next season's worth of fluffy white/slushy grey/frigid cold:
As good as this set of Nokian Hakkapallitas have been traction wise, they are extremely sensitive to anything above about 45-50 degrees F. I put nearly 10,000 miles on these tires each of the last 2 winters (apx 20000 total) and barely used 1/32 of tread depth off the front tires, nothing off the rears. During my 400(ish) mile road trip to Iowa and back when it was 50+ degrees that day? The rubber powder caked the outside of my front fenders when I got home. Almost 4/32 shredded off the fronts. I know that winter tires don't like warmer temps, but I don't know that any other major brand is quite that sensitive. As previously mentioned, I did get this set of tires used, so I don't know how the previous owner maintained them and if that would have anything to do with this. At this point I don't know if I'll be getting another set, we'll see what my budget is come October/November this year. Right now my focus is on finding wheels/tires for Spring/Summer/Fall.
Last edited by Fediej; 03-21-2019 at 05:23 AM.