Hankook Icebear W300 Review


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The Icebear W300 tire looks promising on paper, but drivers give it mediocre reviews for traction and handling on snow and ice, and for treadwear. There are cheaper and more reliable winter tires out there.

While some drivers are pleased with the performance of Hankook Icebear W300 winter tires, many reviews express disappointment with the traction on ice and in the snow. A Hankook Icebear W300 review at About.com cites an assessment by the Canadian Automobile Protection Association that claims this tire is not "optimized" for roads covered in winter-style precipitation. Reports posted at 1010 Tires seem to corroborate that conclusion, noting problems with road grip when temperatures dip below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, sliding when cornering on snow, and mishaps such as being stranded in deep snow. One driver shares a longing for the car's all-season tires after a post-snowstorm road trip with the Hankook Icebear W300s, and some owners fret that the tread wears out before even reaching 10,000 miles.

Other reviews, however, say traction is just fine regardless of weather conditions and icy hills pose no particular challenge. Hankook Icebear W300 reviews award this tire points for a quiet ride.

The Hankook Icebear W300 (starting at $186, Amazon) is a studless winter tire with a maximum speed capacity of 130 mph, signified by the letter H on the sidewall.

Based on user reviews, the Hankook Icebear W300 seems to perform well enough on dry and wet roads, but poorly when faced with the conditions it is meant to vanquish. Dependable performance on ice and snow is exactly what a prospective buyer wants in a winter tire. This model just doesn't cut it.

Jeremy Bender

Jeremy Bender is currently an editorial intern at Business Insider. Previously he has written for BuzzFeed and a host of blogs. He is constantly frugal, and finds every way possible to pinch the few pennies he has.

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