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Hakkapeliitta R2

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Best winter tire I ever had is an understatement

★★★★★ 5/5
steveaston
3 years ago
If you don't buy nokians you are crazy. Bought these tires last year for my Mustang GT and with the worst winter we have had in a while I NEVER got stuck ones with those tires on and I went threw some deep snow. Now I have bought these tires again for my Fusion.

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    Great snow tires

    ★★★★★ 5/5
    Astromax1
    3 years ago
    The performance on snow packed roads is UNREAL. The tires hook up so well, it's stunning. If I didn't live in an area with as much snow (Colorado) and take my kids skiing as regularly as I do, I would probably recommend a tire that was less committed to snow and winter driving and leaned more towards dry road performance. But for where I live and what I do on the weekends, these are doing exactly what I bought them for and have exceeded my expectations.

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      Best winter tire I've owned....

      ★★★★★ 5/5
      Jmatt
      2 years ago
      I've had them all ,, Blizzak, Michelens, Goodyear, Bridgestone. This is the most secure driving tire I've had. I drive an s80 Volvo and this has made a tremendous difference, Great handling on ice and snow. Great gripping when stopping . Back in November 2014 Ferrels Garage in Rochester NY recommended Hakkapeliitta R2's , and I took their advice. Glad I did. I don't even think about driving in winter now. One of out worst winters here in Western NY and I love the confidence these tires give me. Other brands come close but I'll never buy anyother snow tire. I just like the overall experience of them . Thank you Ferrels Garage thank you Nokian. I'd wish more people could experience them.

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        Amazing winter tire

        ★★★★★ 5/5
        BlackDiamond
        2 years ago
        I replaced another brand 'all season' tires with these last winter after repeatedly getting stuck. Night and day difference with these..they we're amazing even in 10" of snow on snow packed road under it. These were on a 2011 Taurus. Will be buying another set for my '14 Fusion.

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          Awesome

          ★★★★★ 5/5
          Riederer
          2 years ago
          We live in Wisconsin and drive a rear wheel drive MB C-Class wagon. We have used dedicated snow tyers for decades. Last year I bought a set of Nokian R2 snow tyres. They are simply amazing. Far better than any other tyre I have had. My rear wheel drive car feels as capable as our all wheel drive SUV and they are quieter than our all season (summer) tyres. I absolutely love these tyres.

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            The best tires I ever had!

            ★★★★★ 5/5
            mick
            2 years ago
            I live up a hill in the mountains of Stoneham Québec. I am very happy for having purchased those wonderful tires. They make absolutly no noise, they grip like magic on every road condition: ice, slush, snow and thick snow. I am fully satisfied. It is everytime a joy to ride my volvo this winter.

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              Best TIRE I've Ever had

              ★★★★★ 5/5
              Username
              2 years ago
              I just had my set of Hakkapeliitta R2's installed on my Nissan Versa hatch back, a vehicle that is good for almost nothing at all, but most outstandingly in winter driving. I have always run dedicated winter and summer tires, never all seasons. Just in time for a snow storm. These are probably the best riding tires I've ever had. Quiet, smooth, and the grip is beyond description, even in a vehicle that is known to be less than stellar when it comes to winter driving. WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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                Winter in New Hampshire...

                ★★★★★ 5/5
                OzMmac1
                2 years ago
                I have worked at a tire shop for over 12 years and have a large selection of winter tires at my disposal. This year I became a grandmother and have my daughter in law and grandson using my car daily, when the time came for me to sit and think about what I want to put on my car I talked to my store manager and he said that the Hakkapeliita R2 is the way to go in a non studded snow tire for my 2012 jetta.. Yesterday (12/9/14)was the test of all tests.. We had a nasty storm come through were we got rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain. Roads untouched by the time the last customer had left our shop and changed to freezing rain by the time I walked out of work in good old NH. My daughter in law and 2 month old grandson were in the car with me and here we go the 20 minute ride on a good day home... Up hills down hills unplowed untouched roads, cars off the road, cars sliding on the road and my jetta never once lost traction, speed or grip we made it safely home. I will HIGHLY recommend the R2's to any and all customers who come in for I know first hand how amazing these tires are.. Excellent product Nokian extremely happy and safe with these bad oscars!!!

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                  No More White Knuckle Driving!

                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                  atienne79
                  2 years ago
                  I am one of those people TERRIFIED of driving in winter! One accident made me afraid of snow and ice. Well, I put these tires on 2014 Malibu 2LT and I could have sworn there was nothing on the road! I'm in NW Pa.absolutely recommend these tires!

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                    Excellent choice for all around winter tire

                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                    Dougout2
                    2 years ago
                    Put these on our BMW wagon with AWD in a minus size 17". These tires are excellent on dry roads, not as quick in transient response as summer tires but very stable predictable and safe. They are excellent in rain, very stable at high speeds without the usual winter tire squirm too. In comparison to H rated high performance snows these dominate in all but dry cornering. Way better in snow than the competition, excellent ice grip at the level of the best ice tires and I've owned them all. If you drive in all conditions like we do you'll enjoy the stable and predictable character of these tires when they are broken loose like climbing a deeply rutted un-plowed road or in evasive maneuver when another car slides through a stop sign.

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                      Wow, Great tire with few compromises

                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                      TorsenTaxi
                      2 years ago
                      225/50-17 R2's mounted on chipped A4 Quattro to replace 245/40-18 summer tires. Reduced diameter to get more sidewall for winter ruts and pot holes. Located on the Tugg Hill in upstate NY (we get a bit of snow). The R2's behave better than expected on dry roads, even with taller sidewalls and new tread, little squirm, quiet, and no change in milage. I can't spin them with less than 3" of snow or a coating of ice on the road under full throttle acceleration. On the skid pad (local Wmart parking lot with snow), when pushed hard enough to break loose, they were very linear breaking free and recovered traction with just throttle reduction. There was nothing radical with the loss or recovery of traction on hard packed snow. If these tires don't inspire confidence in winter conditions, perhaps you should consider moving farther south (ie No Snow). They're very controllable on rutted dirt roads too! Thus far they have been extremely well behaved and they have the same rubber compound all the way through, not just the first half. They may not be the cheapest out there, but every test they participate in places them at the top of the pile.

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                        Excellent snow tire performance.

                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                        griffin2811
                        2 years ago
                        I researched a set of these for my sons 1999 Acura TL and am really glad he decided to buy them. Well worth the money. Great traction in the snow and on ice. We replaced a set of Michelin Alpin that were O.K., but these tires are great. I would recommend them for sure.

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                          Very Good, but...

                          ★★★★☆ 4/5
                          Jake
                          2 years ago
                          ...I would of liked litttle better lateral grip, but not a real big deal. Otherwise, I've driven on Blizzaks, Michelin X-Ice xi3, but the Hakka R2 is a better "all around" winter tire ! Maybe the fine Nokian engineers can find a way to improve the lateral stability.

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                            ice tires.. snow tires.. THE BEST TIRES

                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                            warrenbobrow
                            2 years ago
                            I'm fortunate to have the Hakkapeliitta R2 installed on my Volvo V-50 T5 AWD.. it's made my already safe car even more predictable and crisp in the ice and snow... I cannot imagine driving on my summer tires in anything below 40 degrees... so I install steel wheels and the Hakka's in the fall and remove them in the spring. This is 1000% better than any other winter tire I've owned and money is no object over safety! If you are even a tiny bit concerned about the ability to stop when the road surfaces are less than pristine, my recommendation is to purchase a set of Hakka's...

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                              Stock size not ideal for my car

                              ★★★☆☆ 3/5
                              Nate
                              2 years ago
                              I'd like to be able to write as glowing a review as everybody else, but I can't. I have a Maxima with stock width (245x45) tires. This must be my problem because here in SW Ontario where the roads are often covered with slushy or loose snow, these tires are like being on bowling shoes. If I could trade them for 2 sizes narrower, I would for sure. I have the non-R2 version on my wife's Murano, and those are fantastic. I've had Yokohama Guardex, Continental Conti-Viking Extreme, and Blizzaks on various cars, and they've all been better in the slush. For frozen roads or dry roads, I have no complaints, but when it's snowing, I don't have fun.

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                                Simply the best!

                                ★★★★★ 5/5
                                tekbis
                                2 years ago
                                Had a brand new set installed a few days ago to replace a 5yr old Goodyear Ultra Grip ice on my hybrid car as the older set of winters were starting to lose grip and becoming more noisy. Glad I did as I noticed the difference right away! The TC would always kick in on the old set and stability control would engage when I tried to maneuver aggressively but not on the Hakkapeliitta R2! TC rarely came on and stability control wasn't necessary as the vehicle would steer towards the direction of the steering wheel despite aggressive maneuvers! Never felt more planted, in control and safe on these tires! The low rolling resistance too is a bonus since I get better MPG vs the old set and much less road noise on these R2s! A bit firmer on the ride I would say but the benefits outweigh the firmness! I've also had experience with Firestone Winterforce tires years ago but these Nokian R2s are leaps and bounds ahead! For me these are the best winter tires!

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                                  2nd full season of rough winter use

                                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                                  Reality
                                  2 years ago
                                  Ok so now I have about 10 K of use during 2 very intense Michigan winters now . I cannot say enough good things about these tires . A little wear has reduced the almost unbelievable 1st season performance , but maybe 10 - 12 % . Not really that noticeable except to someone who is obsessed w/ tires as I am . I drive a lot for business under extreme conditions . These tires have NEVER let me down . I even try to push the car & tire to it's limits on bad roads . Audi A4 2014 Quattro . I have to really push it to make them break loose , even on ice .

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                                    The best tire ever for snow!!!

                                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                                    ferg67
                                    2 years ago
                                    Bought 4 tires for my 08' Civic Coupe EXL... I live in NE PA...amazing driving in snow and rain....deffinetly worth the $740.

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                                      Amazing!

                                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                                      wbthompsonco
                                      2 years ago
                                      My Ford Escort with no-name all season tires on it was unable to get out of my driveway on ice and snow, let alone climb the long hill I have before I get to the main road. I put these on yesterday, and have had no trouble at all with the hill or any icy or snow-covered areas! I even tested them in reverse, uphill, from a dead stop, and they climbed with no spinning at all. I wish I had known about these tires last winter.

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                                        From Texas to Colorado

                                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                                        LuvWinter
                                        2 years ago
                                        From Texas to Colorado without a problem. From rain in Texas to snow in Colorado, these tires behaved extremely well. Up the mountain and down, overtaking other cars and turning in packed snow these tires are AWESOME!

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                                          Year round use for me in Canada

                                          ★★★★★ 5/5
                                          Maxxo44
                                          2 years ago
                                          3 round trips to Florida in addition to driving in Canada and the tread remains capable of excellent grip in deep snow..etc. I drive a Hyundai Azera and plan to buy these Nokian tires for her car also..NHR2..5 stars

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                                            Climb snowy mountains with a 420hp RWD beast!

                                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                                            ISFDriver
                                            2 years ago
                                            I have a Lexus ISF, a RWD with 420hp, and coming up to the northeast US from the south with that car was a scary idea. I took a chance on these tires and mounted them on a set of cheap rims and I'm not a single bit disappointed. With some careful throttle feathering, I can even get up most hills and get from point A to point B with no fuss from the electronic nannies on the car. They aren't that bad when the roads are dry either. They can't offer the grip summer tires do when it's warm and dry but I just change the wheels out so I can drive more aggressively in the summer. For normal drivers, you won't tell the difference. I highly recommend these tires for vehicles that regularly drive through snow and/or ice, especially if you are carrying your families in them.

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                                              Awesomeness!!

                                              ★★★★★ 5/5
                                              jnfidaho1
                                              2 years ago
                                              Is that a word? Yea, it is!... and it aptly describes these snow tires. I live in the mountains of N. Idaho and they kept me from having to buy my wife an awd car. I put them on her Cube and that thing just climbs our driveway; thanks for such a great tire!

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                                                Great life span.

                                                ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                Packyjr
                                                2 years ago
                                                I bought these tires for my wife's Front wheel drive car 3 years ago as a dedicated winter tire as she had been born and raised in Sothern Arizona. They still have 3/4 life to them. We live in Montana and the roads are kept fairly clean. On any road surface they do very well. Starting, stopping, and emergency bracking are all well embraced. I run these tires November to March.

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                                                  2 Year, 30,000 miles, still have 9mm tread depth.

                                                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                  JeffHoefler
                                                  23 months ago
                                                  R2 SUV, 235/55 19, 2010 Dodge Journey AWD. Nokian has turned my SUV into a tank. I run these year round in NE Ohio. There is no situation that these tyres can't make better, excellent water handling capacity. I am going into my third winter on these tyres and so far they have worn well. I will need new tires in a year, and will look no farther than Nokian. My Flynn's sold and mounted them $100 cheaper than anyone else. Great combination.

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                                                    The best snow tire I've ever owned!

                                                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                    awswartwout
                                                    2 years ago
                                                    Absolutely the quietest best performing winter tire. Great on dry, wet or any snow or ice! Perfect for Colorado.

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                                                      Great Tires, Unreal Performance

                                                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                      harps08
                                                      23 months ago
                                                      I bought these tires (225/40R18) at the end of October 2015, for my 2015 Lexus IS 250 AWD. Living in Alberta, Canada it was only a matter of time until our first snow storm, and let me tell you these tires do not disappoint. Simply put, words do not do them justice, you have to try them to believe it. Don't be scared off by the price, the saying is true "you get what you pay for". As a hockey dad of two driving the roads this winter, what I get is a much safer ride for my family. I would also like to add that under normal driving conditions I found the tires to be very quiet and mounted on my factory rims they look great. Never before have I bragged about winter tires, but that all changed today.

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                                                        cornering stability & on the straight

                                                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                        sirjackiestewart1974
                                                        2 years ago
                                                        My 1990 toyota celica with no abs or Traction control was junk in the snow with all seasons. After I bout the R2 tyres. stupid of me but 125mph on the ice and snow on the highway. I trust this brand more then any other tyre manufacture.

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                                                          Excellent winter tire for a RWD family sedan.

                                                          ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                          bbskip
                                                          24 months ago
                                                          I needed new tires for my wife's Ford Crown Victoria. Normally we would buy All Season tires for this car but I wanted her to be safe in the winter. Since she has another car she can use in the warmer months I decided to go with winter tires. After researching online the Nokian Hakkapeliita R2 seemed very highly rated so in November of 2013 we purchased a set. We don't always get that much snow here and frankly when we do we can usually just stay home but one day it snowed about 5-6 inches. When my wife came home I asked her how the tires performed. She said the parking lot had not been plowed but she was able to get in her car and drive through it with absolutely no problem while every other car in the lot was either spinning it's wheels or sliding. Over the past two seasons she has reported that she feels very confident with these tires on both ice and snow. I've only driven the car once in slush but I also felt secure with the R2s. If you need or want a good winter tire for your RWD family sedan I recommend the Hakkapeliita R2.

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                                                            400 WHP more controllable than my VW Golf

                                                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                            grennekm
                                                            21 months ago
                                                            I currently own a VW Golg MK4, I have all season tires on it and I have always enjoyed how controllable it is. It isn't a heavy car and with a manual transmission I can call upon any amount of torque whenever I want to. It's not too (at all) powerful, so it is difficult to get into trouble in the snow. IN COMPARISON, I just bought a Pontiac GTO which comes with an LS2 engine making 400 WHP. I slapped the best winter tires under it (Nokians) and drove it in a blizzard down the highway and across country roads in very bad conditions. Slush, wet salt, powder, and deep snow, it didn't matter what the condition, the muscle car handled at least twice as well as my German auto. Thank you Nokian, these tires make any car a winter ride!

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                                                              Unbelievable winter performance in ALL conditions!

                                                              ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                              MajorWebUser
                                                              9 months ago
                                                              Over the past 40+ years, I've owned winter tires from Metzler, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Michelin, and Continental. Since retiring to northern Michigan over a decade ago, I've only owned Nokians. I've had several versions of their studless winter tires with the Nordman 5 being my past favorite. Nokians simply outperform every other winter tire, period. I switched to the Hakkapeliitta R2 on a BMW 535 xDrive wagon last winter. I can describe their performance in a single word — W O W! We drive in every winter road condition: deep snow, packed snow, slush, wet, black ice, and dry pavement. Further, we literally live in the middle of the woods at the end of a gravel road at the top of a steep quarter-mile long hill. Our driveway is another 2-tenths of a mile long with a very challenging entrance rise. I can count on one hand the number of times the traction control light came on over the past two winters. Simply put, the R2 has made winter driving an absolute pleasure. So the set of Nordman 5s on my 2002 BMW 330 manual transmission convertible finally needed to be replaced (yes, we drive it year round). Putting Hakkapeliitta R2s on this rear-wheel drive cabriolet has transformed it! I had always assumed that the R2s performed so well on the wagon because of the all-wheel drive setup. The 'grip particles' embedded in the R2s are no marketing gimmick. Though the 330 has enough power to break traction, if driven sensibly — even on glare ice — these R2s just stick to the road! Nokian's grip particles aren't the only advantage of the R2s. Nokian's rubber is like no other. Do the 'wet finger' test. Wet your finger then rub the tread of a Nokian and any other winter tire. You'll feel the difference immediately. Regardless of which model of Nokian you go with, they're worth every penny. If I could, I'd give the R2s seven stars. You'll be stunned at how much more relaxed your winter driving can be driving on Nokians.

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                                                                Awesome Winter Tires ever...

                                                                ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                BOSSMAN
                                                                23 months ago
                                                                Had them for one full season...driving thru Ontario & Northern Quebec absolutely the best WT I've ever driven on, bar none!

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                                                                  If you want the best, R2's it is

                                                                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                  JDMkswap
                                                                  23 months ago
                                                                  Picked up a set last winter and WOW. I live in toronto but commute up north frequently. I drive an ITR all year round with the R2's on from nov to mar. The technology in these things are amazing. Performs best on snow covered roads with excellent traction and stopping. Tried the other big names and hands down, I trust the inventors of winter tires...NOKIAN. Im now a believer.

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                                                                    buying a second set

                                                                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                    Sven
                                                                    13 months ago
                                                                    I drive a 2008 Outback and have always run dedicated snow tires in the winter months in Minnesota, November through April. My eight year old Hakkas have finally worn out after eight winters in Minnesota and ski trips to Montana every winter. I just ordered a new set of R2's. I wouldn't go out in winter without them. Combined with the all-wheel drive on my Outback, I try to get out on the road before the snow plow sometimes, just to have a little fun.

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                                                                      The Best, By Far

                                                                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                      djpenn3
                                                                      4 months ago
                                                                      I live in St. Paul MN and in addition to my commute and miscellaneous driving, I regularly drive to my cabin in northern Wisconsin, where the roads can be pretty sketchy. I bought my first set of Hakkas 25 years ago and loved them so much that I bought a pair for my winter bike too. Have tried running all-seasons year-round and a few other winter tires, and I always come back to Hakkas. I recommend them to everyone, and everyone who's tried them is amazed at their performance. Just got a new BMW X5, and the first accessory I sprung for was a second set of wheels and mounted Hakkas on them. Can't wait for winter!

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                                                                        Handled Black Ice Flawlessly

                                                                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                        mtwhite
                                                                        10 months ago
                                                                        This is our second winter with the R2s on our Outback and thay were just put to the test. We were driving up to Jay Peak (Northern Vermont) last weekend when towards the top of the pass the roads quickly turned to black ice with a dusting of dry slippery snow on top. One person coming in the other direction had slipped off the road and several people pulled off to the side because they couldn't get up the steep grade. We had no problem....traction control never kicked in. Going down the other side people were stopped in the middle of the road because they were afraid to go down the hill. The person in front of us got out of his SUV to check things out and literally skated back to his vehicle. He slowly moved into the left lane and began to descend around the cars stopped in the traveling lane. I followed and watched as his SUV with heavily lugged snow tires failed to keep traction and began sliding down sideways and rubbing the guardrail for a couple hundred feet. I followed slowly and never did I lose grip...I don't even remember the anti-lock breaks kicking in. I have had studded and non-studded Hakks in the past and was skeptical about the on ice performance of the non-studded R2, but after this experience I can say with confidence that Nokian is not overstating the performance of this tire in icy conditions. Performance in snow is also excellent!

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                                                                          Amazing tires!

                                                                          ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                          Markwhittenpainting
                                                                          22 months ago
                                                                          Living in Divide Co. I wanted my wife to drive without concern in bad weather, which happens a lot here during winter,not to mention the roads to our home are last on the list to be plowed. We have had two snow storms since buying these tires, and I am amazed by thier gripping power! My wife has confidence now,and I'm resting easier knowing she has the best tread available under her feet to get her to and fro from work,even in harsh driving conditions!

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                                                                            Awesome tires!

                                                                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                            laurie
                                                                            8 months ago
                                                                            I put these on my 2010 Subaru Forester and they are amazing tires! I thought being an AWD and a Subaru I'd be all set with all seasons, but no way. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta's made all the difference. I have no problem in my icey, hilly driveway in Vermont!

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                                                                              Best Winter Tire I have ever used - PERIOD

                                                                              ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                              VikingsfaninKenosha
                                                                              12 months ago
                                                                              After some "white knuckle" moments my first winter in Wisconsin with two bad sets of all-season tires, I decided never to be without winter tires again. I bought the first set of Hakkapeliitta R2s for my old Hyundai Veloster and it transformed that car from white knuckle ride to winter champion. My purchase of Hakkapelitta R2s was vindicated after a bad snow storm in 2014. There is an incline in the driveway out of the apartment complex I was living in at the time. The driver of a white Ford Fusion FWD could not get up the incline, just spinning the wheels with their all-season tires. I watched her three attempts to get out (and trying not to laugh) she gave up and let me give it a go. I just put the Veloster in first gear and easily drove up the incline with the traction control light only blinking once. That gal in the Fusion must of been seriously upset. When I got my Sonata in 2015, the first thought was getting another set of winter tires and without hesitation I bought another set of Hakkapeliitta R2s. I have always said that a good set of winter tires is cheaper than an insurance deductible and other effects of an accident.

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                                                                                I love these tires

                                                                                ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                TerryL
                                                                                9 months ago
                                                                                Right now my driveway is coated with ice. Pure 3 to 6 inches of ICE. Step onto my drive where it goes down and you will slide all the way (150 to 200ft) to the bottom. That said, I just drove up it in one try and didn't even slip. With the drive like this I have had to park at the bottom and spread sand. These tires are amazing. My GF drove it the other day and she is getting them for her car.

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                                                                                  amazing winter tires. worth the price.

                                                                                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                  pndf1998
                                                                                  22 months ago
                                                                                  I use these tires on my wife's 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. They are incredible. The van barely moved at all in the snow with the all seasons it came with. With the winter tires mounted, it never gets stuck. My wife was uncomfortable driving her van in the snow before we bought these tires. Now we both feel safe when she goes out in bad weather.

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                                                                                    Best tires ever

                                                                                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                    smoochy
                                                                                    12 months ago
                                                                                    Bought my tires 2 years ago I reside in the Interior of BC we can get some wicked snow here. Best tires ever I will be buying another 4 for my VW Golf TDI. Thanks for making a AWESOME tire

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                                                                                      Best winter tires.

                                                                                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                      lordvader
                                                                                      5 months ago
                                                                                      These tires really show how much of a difference winter tires make as compared to the OEM all season tires. Just fantastic grip and control. Even with traction control off, it allows for controlled drifts when pushed. On the plus side, these are the quietest winter tires I have come across. They are quieter than my OEM Good Year all-season tires. Don't know how but they are. It might be that they are studless as studs are generally noisy. On the plus side, you are also damaging the roads less with the lack of studs if you care for that kind of thing.

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                                                                                        Indescribably good tires!

                                                                                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                        AbbyAl
                                                                                        12 months ago
                                                                                        I drive on the Coquihalla Highway a lot, year round. I bought these Hakkapeliitta R2 as an extreme winter tire to run in Winter. Kaltire recommended them for the Coke, & they have not disappointed me! Last December, I found myself driving on a sheet of ice & these tyres had the same traction as if the road was dry! These tyres stick to the road better then snot does! Even under hard cornering, they eat ice & snow for breakfast, lunch, & dinner! But they also transition from one type of road to another incredibly smoothly! If the road is a marble color, striped with dry, wet, & thick ice or compact snow, even at fast highway speeds they transition very smoothly with little or no input to the steering wheel! These are the best Coquihalla tire ever! I don't really care what the road conditions are now, these tyres eat them all & spit them out! If the road is covered in ice, it is not a big deal! I love these tyres! Best tyres ever! The only way to describe these tires is to use them & see how truly awesome they are! Words just can't do it for such a wonderfully amazing tire!

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                                                                                          Best winter performance I've ever experienced.

                                                                                          ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                          jmatera
                                                                                          20 months ago
                                                                                          Just got them, and several deep snows and icy days have convinced me that the raves for this tire are justified. My 2010 BMW x-Drive Coupe, if it weren't for low ground clearance, could challenge any SUV. Standout stopping and turning performance - the most important for winter safety. Unexpected is the soft ride on the run-flat version. When I left the dealer I got out to check they actually mounted run-flats! Noisier than summers, of course; somewhat sensitive to crosswinds, but all around the best winter choice. If you need to get places, buy these.

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                                                                                            THE only tire to buy

                                                                                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                            KeetaLeeB
                                                                                            20 months ago
                                                                                            I bought a 2015 Prius and after having a 4x4 truck for 30+ years it was a major change. It was recommended I buy snow tires and tho I've had Hakkapeliitta's for years I did do some research and R2's were #1 on all inquiry's. I went to my regular trusty automotive repair place and had them put on last November. I LOVE them. I feel they are as good as my 4x4.

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                                                                                              Half a winter season of good tires

                                                                                              ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
                                                                                              petegrant01
                                                                                              6 months ago
                                                                                              Bought those tires as I was told they were the best on the market. First I really enjoyed them, they are amazing in water conditions and offer a good grip on snowy conditions. Only problem, is I started noticing the advanced deterioration of my front tires after only a couple months. Basically, yes they are grippy, but sadly I'll have to buy new winter tires for next winter. Will be looking for another brand that offers more durability.

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                                                                                                What took me so long?

                                                                                                ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                NickO
                                                                                                7 months ago
                                                                                                From previous experience with these tires on a VW Passat, I know how well they handled ice and packed snow. Yet, it is only this winter that I put some R2s on my Subaru Forester. Now it stops and starts like it was meant to, and goes around corners like it is on rails. A 100% improvement in every way over all seasons. Breaking is absolutely stunning, with no use of the ABS system (that my all seasons required).

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                                                                                                  AWESOME Winter Tire

                                                                                                  ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                  SafeDude911
                                                                                                  7 months ago
                                                                                                  Had these for 2 Michigan Winters on a rear wheel drive Chrysler 300. These babies grip like glue - if you drive like a mature, responsible adult on icy and/or snow covered roads. The rubber compound stays real soft and grippy in very cold weather and not too mushy at temps around 60F. DO NOT TRY TO RUN THESE IN THE SUMMER - get other tires for the non-winter seasons and these "Hakas" should get you through several winters.

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                                                                                                    Fantastic Investment

                                                                                                    ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                    CivicSi
                                                                                                    6 months ago
                                                                                                    Bought these tires in the fall to prepare for winter and they were phenomenal, to say the least. Upstate NY winters tend to be pretty bad and the tires handled it all, from dry pavement and rain, to heavy slush and over a foot of snow- they made my FWD Civic Si handle like a tank. Other SUV's were getting stuck, and these tires chugged along with ease. If you want peace of mind, I would look no further than these tires.

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                                                                                                      GET THESE TIRES!!

                                                                                                      ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                      amazed1
                                                                                                      10 months ago
                                                                                                      I'm not the type of person that usually writes reviews of products no matter what it is. However, I feel compelled to write one about my Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2's. I recently was searching the web for a set of Winter/Snow tires. I'm from the West Coast, so having to buy Winter/Snow tires is something very new to me. I read just about every Comparison/Review I could find as Winters in Wisconsin can be pretty dangerous to drive. I found that EVERY review site had one thing in common, (at least those that included the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 in the review), they ALL rated the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 as the BEST tire tested. So....I bought a set. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2's are UNBELIEVABLY good! My mechanic asked me how my Winter tires were because he had recommended a different brand to me earlier. I struggled to find the best way to describe what I was experiencing, but then it came to me. I explained it using the example of someone taking a plate and placing a thin sheet of water on it. Then placing a coffee cup upside down in the water. As we all know, a vaccum is formed when you do this. It's very easy to slide the coffee cup forwards, backwards, side to side, any direction, that is except being able to pick it up without breaking the vaccum that has formed under the cup. Well, I said, "that's what my car feels like". Like there's some kind of "suction vacuum" keeping my car glued to the road. Easy to move all over the place but with an overwhelming feeling that it's vaccum secured to the road. Does that make any sense to you? It's something that's hard to explain, but definitely easy to feel once you put on a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2's. Seriously. I am blown away by these tires. I'm sure that you will be too.

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                                                                                                        Unbelievable Tires!

                                                                                                        ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                        R9LesPaul
                                                                                                        9 months ago
                                                                                                        I live in Southern NH and drive 65k a year covering New England, Quebec, NY and the Maritimes. I've never owned snow tires. I installed the exact OEM size that came on my 2017 Passat SE Tech after Christmas 2016. Bottom line - these tires are simply incredible. We've had several snow storms already this winter and I've had to drive on unplowed roads with no concern whatsoever. They give SO much piece of mind driving its amazing. I was pleasantly surprised driving on dry roads also - they are slightly louder and a little spongier than the stock tires, but nothing that bothers me in any way. I only wish I had done this sooner!!!!Great Great tires.

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                                                                                                          Totally Changes The Car

                                                                                                          ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                          HorsePower
                                                                                                          10 months ago
                                                                                                          Into my 2nd winter with these. I drive a performance car with performance street tires in the summer, but the summer tires are almost useless in the Colorado snow. The same car that can’t go up the snow covered hill to my house with the summer tires, now challenges even my 4×4 truck when these Hakkapelliitta winter tires are installed. Oh, I can spin them, but I am truly amazed at the difference these tires make!

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                                                                                                            Hands down the best ice & snow tire... ever.

                                                                                                            ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                            cyberranger
                                                                                                            10 months ago
                                                                                                            Coupled with our 2015 Jeep Cherokee 4wd system it is the best handling vehicle we've ever had. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado & have tried many different vehicles for ice & snow. Wow.

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                                                                                                              Amazing snow tire

                                                                                                              ★★★★★ 5/5
                                                                                                              holmeyer71
                                                                                                              10 months ago
                                                                                                              We live in Western Montana, and are about to purchase our second set of Hakkapeliitta R2s. Best snow tire I've ever driven on. We have them on a 2013 VW Passat TDI and drive A LOT of miles over snow packed roads. Great handling, superior stopping performance. This is my go-to snow tire !

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