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I have been interested to see that Hankook have produced true all weather tires. My 2009 Forester X Limited has 225/55R17s fitted and Hankook doesn't have these yet. My question is 'would the 215/60R17 they do produce be OK for the Forester?

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Mac, go to the tirerack.com and do a search on size 225-55-17. You can pick out the tire based on performance, price or own preference. donaldd
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Mac, go to the tirerack.com and do a search on size 225-55-17. You can pick out the tire based on performance, price or own preference. donaldd
Thanks Donaldd, But I am specifically looking for All Weather tires, which apparently are only made by Hankook. However they do not make a 225/55R17 yet and I wondered if I could fit their 215/60R17 instead.
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There are several definitions of "all weather". What you may consider all weather up in BC probably would not apply down here in Georgia.

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You have 2 choices of Kumho. The Optimo 727 is a much better choice than the Ventus V4. But I would think the Low Rolling Conti is even a better choice as Conti is on a hot roll of superior products for 2 years now. I am assuming that you're a mature driver .... forgive me if otherwise. donaldd

ps. size 215-60-17 is cheaper, more availability and less than 2% smaller. Handling is no as sharp ... I would go for it.

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Thanks Donaldd, But I am specifically looking for All Weather tires, which apparently are only made by Hankook. However they do not make a 225/55R17 yet and I wondered if I could fit their 215/60R17 instead.
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Check Hankook Optimo H727(Standard Touring All-Season)
Size: 225/55R17

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There are several definitions of "all weather". What you may consider all weather up in BC probably would not apply down here in Georgia.
I'm using the definition that an All weather tire is rated as a snow tire (with the Snowflake symbol) which can be used year round.
Check out Now manufacturers are making ?all-weather? tires | Wheels.ca.
All Season tires don't cut it for winter snow use. It doesn't matter whether you are in BC or Texas - if you have to run on snow all seasons are not good.
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^^^ Nokia...

Is a phone, Nokian is the tire.

This "snow flake" symbol is Canada and Europe only, so far.

I've seen the Vredestein tire, as I have family in Buffalo.

There can't be more than 6 "all weather" tires, since they just came up with it. I doubt Bridgestone or Michelin will even dabble in an "all-weather" tire for years to come. Unless "winter tire" sales completely plummet.
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As a class, all-season/all-weather passenger tire is relatively well defined .... it's not a summer tire, not a winter tire and not a light truck/all terrain tire either. It suppose to be the second best in all department. Many subie owners have a second set of tire from the above choice.

As a tire manufactuer, Kumho is doing relatively well as they are very aggressive in both engineering and marketing. But the unfavor rate of exchange has errode the market share somewhat. donaldd
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^ This. Available in both "regular" and SUV. May be more money than the Hankook, but is a proven product. With our recent move from the Interior of BC to the Island, I am seriously thinking of buying a set of these for my '09 (SUV version). Another issues with them is that in Canada they are only available from Kal-Tire, so no competition for better prices unless you order on-line from the US, and that brings its own set of issues.

EDIT: to the OP, I just realized you do not say where in BC you live. If not the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island, I would not run any all-weather tire as my only tire. I would stick with a proper winter/3 season tire set up. I currently run Blizzak WS-60 as my dedicated winters as I lived 18 years in the Interior, with frequent trips on the Coq and up into the Cariboo, plus Northern Alberta. I would never think of using an all-weather tire for the kind of extremes I saw (-40 to +40 for example). And in the long run, there is no real saving is cost assuming you have separate rims for each set of tires.

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I went with the Cooper Lifeliner L/S. We live in northern Maine and get a fair amount of snow. These tires handled exceptionally this past winter (purchased them in November 2011). No complaints whatsoever.
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The OP is in Canada, where "All Weather" tire means a tire with the mountain snowflake certification that is usable all year around. The Hankook tire to which he refers is the Optimo 4s, which is not available in the US. Canadian Tire says it is the exclusive retailer. There are some video reviews on YouTube, as well as a Canadian Tire ad. The ad claims the inner part of the tread is designed for ice and snow. If it were available in the U.S. at a reasonable price, we consider it when out Michelin Exaltos wear out.
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I'm using the definition that an All weather tire is rated as a snow tire (with the Snowflake symbol) which can be used year round.
Winter tires carrying the "mountain/snowflake" symbol are readily available in North America. I use the Dunlop WinterSport 3D on my Forester; I don't think I'd use these tires year 'round.

There's lots of good winter tire info available on Tire Rack's website.

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