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Hankook Icebear W300 vs I'Pike W409

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careener wrote:
Feb 1st, 2008 9:51 pm
This year I picked up 4 Blizzak WS-60 from tirerack.
Despite the 100$ shipping + duty/brokerage I still ended up paying 60$ LESS per tire than buying them in the GTA.
You won't regret it. Blizzaks are always great, we've run them before.
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into canada all taxes no duty :) , incl exchange mounted balanced w lug nut set, 4 ipike 409's 215/60/16 mounted on MB 7x Alloy 7 spoke mag $800 CA, discounttiredirect.ca Savings over $470 over identical package in Canada

Just installed to 03 Maxima SE, I am surprised as what they are like so far, expecting snow soon where I live then will be real test. To date fairly quiet and alot less sidewall flex than I expected
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Got the iPike409 installed today. On dry road it's very grippy, much better than my old all season tires. The only complain so far is the noise. It's a bit louder(on city road) than my old stock Michelin all season tire. On highway at higher speed and RPM, it's even louder.

I guess all winter tires are louder than all-season-tires???
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hOrnizuka wrote:
Nov 21st, 2008 1:36 am
Got the iPike409 installed today. On dry road it's very grippy, much better than my old all season tires. The only complain so far is the noise. It's a bit louder(on city road) than my old stock Michelin all season tire. On highway at higher speed and RPM, it's even louder.

I guess all winter tires are louder than all-season-tires???
In general, maybe. I went from a loud all-season (Potenza A/S) to a performance winter (Falken HS439) and it was a bit quieter.

w409 are meant for deep snow, I would imagine the w300 is a bit quieter. Regardless, both great tires.
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bembol wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2007 2:29 pm
Just got a quote from tires23 for the iPike W409.

Just looking for more reviews on these.
LOL So a year later, I sold my iPike for Ice Bear.

Just got home from tires23, as much as I hate Snow I can't wait to see how the W300 compares.
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A little off topic, but to give my 2 cents I had the ipike 409s on alloy rims on an 03 Maxima SE, they were very very good in snow, decent in rain and dry, decent on black ice. A tad louder than stock but well worth their cost

I just placed an order yesterday for 4 x 225/55/17 Falken Eurowinter HS439 V rated w 4 Alloy rims for my 08 G35x. Price was $778us shipped to my WA address, I add 22% ( a bit high) on which will be total Canadian cost incl exchange and pst/gst. I also ordered a second set of rubber only w TPMS rebuild kit for my 07 RDX, $515us Hankook Ventus AS RH07 235/55/18 shipped, again add 22%. I opted for these tires over Yokohama Parada Spec X which were about $100 extra

Total cost in Cnd $1577, thats stellar for 8 tires and 4 rims , discounttiredirect.com is just flat out awesome!! The combination price to buy this same rubber and similar rims locally in BC at 1010.com or Volco brick and morter is near $23-2500~ ca, savings of near $1G

I strongly considered just going with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus offered at $715US - 70MIR on my AWD G35 but due to elevation and a steep driveway I am not willing to gamble that I may have issues without a true snow tire, but I guess it all depends how our winter plays out here.... Come mid summer 2010 I gotta replace the shatty Goodyear Eagle RSA's on the 35x, uggh
I can't wait to see how the W300 compares
From what I have seen your 409's were better...but its preference and type of driving you do
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hey hey, someone used the search function on the board and found an answer! :D

My dad uses the 409s, they're studdable, and great in deep snow. I recommended he get the 300s because his driving is mostly highway, but not to say the 409s are worse. But BOTH great tires! Great value!
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Had them for a month in usually warm november weather in Toronto.

They don't grip as well as my 18' all seasons but I wasn't expecting them to. They are loud but I don't care about that since my engine drones a lot at 130-140km/h. Quite squirmy above 7 degrees but solid at lower temps.
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Wanted to see if anyone has an update on how their 300s and i409s did last year? I'm looking at both - though think the limited snow we had last year is kind of driving me to the 300 since the roads were dry a lot of the year. Any input would be appreciated.
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Downtown wrote:
Oct 1st, 2010 9:35 pm
though think the limited snow we had last year is kind of driving me to the 300 since the roads were dry a lot of the year.

You may regret thinking that if we get walloped this winter. Not saying that the W300 is a bad winter tire, it just has slightly different priorities.
Deal with it.
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bembol wrote:
Dec 4th, 2009 1:42 pm
LOL So a year later, I sold my iPike for Ice Bear.

Just got home from tires23, as much as I hate Snow I can't wait to see how the W300 compares.

Please share. I'd love to know what the difference is just because of our GTA winters that are very mild. But it could be a very rough winter this year.
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To those who got the iPike - studs or not? I live in Montreal but plan on skiing often this year. I don't do much highway driving, mostly city. And my car is AWD. My plan as of now is to get the 409s and stud them. I just don't know if it's worth the extra cost/noise. :)
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PascalT wrote:
Oct 21st, 2010 9:29 am
To those who got the iPike - studs or not? I live in Montreal but plan on skiing often this year. I don't do much highway driving, mostly city. And my car is AWD. My plan as of now is to get the 409s and stud them. I just don't know if it's worth the extra cost/noise. :)

Are you allowed to have studded tires in Montreal/Quebec?
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