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MICHELIN X-ICE XI3 – High Grade Winter Tires

X-ICE XI3 Review
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MICHELIN X-ICE XI3When it comes to winter tires, the Michelin X Ice Xi3 is certainly one of the most impressive ones we have reviewed over the years. The Xi3s provide up to 10 percent shorter breaking distance on ice. This is a huge improvement over the average winter or all-season option when it comes to bringing you to a complete stop on ice. Not to mention, this winter set is designed to last twice as long as their next best alternatives on the market, so they will also save you money in the long run.

Those are only two of the many impressive features Michelin X Ice Xi3 have to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the other noteworthy features.

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Loaded with cutting-edge technology

These winter tires comes with optimized tread block technology that is combined with FleX-Ice compound, Cross Z Sipes, block edges, and micro-pumps. All these features work together to bring you unmatched stopping distance, even in icy conditions. Not even the X-Ice’s top rival the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 can make such a claim.

The Michelin X Ice Xi3 is designed to be the ultimate winter tire that you can safely use for many years. Each one is designed to give you at least 40,000 miles of winter usage. The average driver does not drive more than 5,000 miles during the winter months, so these could last you up to eight years, depending on your individual driving habits. This is not some baseless claim by the manufacturer by the way; each Michelin X Ice Xi3 tire comes with a 40,000 mile warranty.

You can thank the MaxTouch Construction technology that is incorporated in its design for its incredible durability. It works by distributing braking, cornering, and acceleration forces evenly around the tires when driving. That leads to less wear and tear on the threads in the long run.

The Michelin X Ice Xi3 is also very friendly towards the environment. When properly inflated, they improve the fuel efficiency of your car, saving you money, reducing your car’s carbon footprint. That’s something you are likely already familiar with if you have ever used products from the MICHELIN Green X family.

These are all a handful of impressive features that separates Michelin X Ice Xi3 tires from others on the very competitive winter market.

Now, now let us take a look at some of the other benefits users get thanks to the cutting edge technologies incorporated into the X Ice Xi3.

MICHELIN X-ICE XI3 Winter

How it all works

Earlier on, we talked about how the Cross Z Sipes technology helps them achieve shorter stopping distance, but the benefits do not end there. The Cross Z Sipes technology also makes these tires a lot more stable in wet conditions; a benefit we would all love to have on a freezing cold, wet day.

The sidewall edges of Xi3 have a block design that provides improved traction on ice and snow as it allows the tires to dig into the surface, rather than just skating on it.

Another noteworthy design feature is the micro pumps that are incorporated into the threads to allow for the quick expulsion of water as they spin down the road. That also leads to improved handling, and lower odds of your vehicle hydroplaning.

Of course, the material tires are made from is certainly the foundation of making a good set. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is manufactured from a silica-based composite known as FleX-Ice. While most materials tend to slide on ice, this compound sticks to ice or snow. You can arguably say this FleX-Ice composite plays the biggest role when it comes to the many impressive properties of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3.

These tires come in wide range of sizes, 33 sizes to be precise. All of these sizes are in the 14-18 diameter range.

Even though these are intended for winter use, you probably do not want to change your tire every time the weather improves. You will be glad to know the Michelin Xi3 performs as well as many all-season options on the market. It brakes and handles corners well in dry weather, and it is not as noisy as many of its competitors are when the weather is clear.

Despite the many impressive features of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, what really sticks out is how quiet and comfortable your rides are regardless of what mother nature has planned for the day.


Pros

  • Rides are quiet regardless of the weather
  • Rides are comfortable
  • The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 provides exceptional stopping and cornering performance in cold, wet conditions
  • Extremely durable
  • Comes with a 40,000 mile warranty

Cons

  • A bit pricier than competitors
  • Not an all-weather option despite decent dry weather performance

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