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Michelin X-Ice Snow provides maximum traction

The French company's latest winter tire is loaded with technology designed to increase driver confidence while reducing costs.

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Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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The Michelin X-Ice Snow is a next-generation tire that performs better and lasts longer than the competition. 

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This tire provides ample grip in a wide variety of winter conditions. 

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Michelin X-Ice Snow tires perform better than Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 tires, a respected competitor.

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The sipes run all the way down past the wear bars on these Michelins for added grip even when they're worn out.

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Deep snow and ice were no match for the X-Ice Snow tire.

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We also tested Bridgestone Blizzak tires, which, like the Nokians, didn't perform as well. 

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The Michelin X-Ice Snow tires will be offered in 123 different sizes. 

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That's a more aggressive tread pattern than its predecessors had, something that actually helps sell winter tires. 

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The Hakkapeliitta R3s look even more aggressive but don't seem to perform as well. 

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