For those that live in areas that get harsher winters and lot more snow than the rest, need a good set of winter tires to survive safely the circumstances. While looking for a capable set of winter tires I came across the Cooper Weather-Master S/T2. These tires promise some very interesting things, they can be studded, have some nice features and specifications, and if anything the reviews say is true, then we have one of the best winter tires in our hands.
Main Features Of The Cooper Weather-Master S/T2
The company states that the Cooper Weather-Master S/T2’s are the company’s flagship premium studdable winter tires that are designed for passenger cars and deliver them great traction, especially on snow and ice. Well, that seems kind of promising to say the least, but what got my attention was the reviews of people that swore by these winter tires. So because of that, I decided to give them a test and see what are they capable of. Let’s get on with it.
Specs and Features
These tires are equipped with tons of features and specifications that make them at least on paper one of the best, but what matters is if they work well together or not, before that though, let’s check them out. When it comes to warranty for these winter tires the company offers a treadwear guarantee for the uniformity of the tire on the first 2/32-inch. On top of that materials and workmanship are covered for five years, and if anything happens during the first 2/32 inches of wear you get a free tire, which is awesome. I should state that these tires come in different sizes that are perfect for most passenger tires with rim diameters ranging from 13 to 18-inches in size.
The Cooper Weather-Master S/T2 is engineered and designed specially to deliver traction and handling on snow and ice, and it uses unique construction. Namely, a tri-polymer blended tread compound that is manufactured specifically to deliver better traction on wet and dry asphalt. That compound in lab testing showed that it can also perform excellently in terms of durability and treadwear life. It also has a deeper lateral and notched circumferential grooves, that are proven to deliver better performance on wet and rainy days, and also keep hydroplaning at bay.
One thing that sounds promising, is the company’s homegrown and exclusive Snow Groove Design Technology that significantly increases the number of biting edges, which in turn should help the tires get a better grip and traction on ice and snow. I liked that the company has used extensive computer simulations to deliver a better tread pitch sequence that translates in lower tread noise and better comfort. Moving on the twin steel belts should make the tires more durable overall. Before finishing this section off, I should state that this tire features a new stud pin hole design technology.
When these tires first arrived at me, I first noticed the tread block pattern and the depth, and I have to say that I am quite impressed with what I saw, but the deeper inspection should reveal the true story here.
I installed these tires on a Volkswagen Passat, which is a regular passenger sedan that performs adequately in terms of traction, I had no difficulty installing them on the car as well. The first spin around the block was made on a cold day, but no snow, and they felt good.
I have put a great deal of mileage on these tires from late November until April, about 15,000 miles, through snow, ice, rain, and whatnot. I think I can provide a viable answer and about the performance of these tires. The first thing I can say is that these tires wear pretty well and they can provide you with a lot of mileage, so you don’t need to worry about the durability since they deliver in that aspect. Also for a winter tire, they don’t make a lot of noise, at least compared to its competitors in the same category, and the comfort levels were sky high, in the dry, wet, snowy and icy pavement.
The Cooper Weather-Master S/T2’s may not be the first tire that comes to your mind when it comes to winter and snow tires, but I can say that they are marvelous and criminally underrated. They definitely will put to shame some of the bigger and more marketed brands especially in deep snow and cold rainy days with tons of ice on the road. I went on and on with these tires on the snow and I didn’t felt the need for studying them.
The braking distance was impressive and I didn’t feel out of control not even a moment. On rainy days it was one of the best tires I have ever tested delivering excellent traction and cornering grip, allowing you to perform emergency maneuvers with peace of mind. Well, I don’t recommend you to push your car extensively on winter and wet conditions, but it is good to know that the tire can provide you with much-needed performance.
If you aren’t living in an area that gets harsher winters, than these tires might be overkill, but then again I always recommend winter tires rather than all-season ones. It is better to have them and not need them, than not have them and need them. So regardless of the case, if you are looking for winter tires. the Cooper Weather-Master S/T2’s are here for a pretty affordable price.