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Driving Impressions. Michelin Defender LTX M/S


Michelin invited to the beautiful New England State of Vermont. We were hosted by the awesome team from Michelin Canada and Michelin USA. They brought their tire engineers, product managers, regional managers and public relations folks to introduce us to Michelin’s newest truck tire offering, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S.

In a previous article, I explained the rationale behind the new Michelin Defender LTX M/S. It’s now time to talk about what it is like to drive with these fine tires from Michelin.

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Michelin Introduces the Defender LTX M/S


Albertans love to haul stuff, whether it’s dirt, furniture or people. 80% of all vehicles sold in Alberta during 2012 were trucks, SUVs and minivans. This just so happens to be the target market for the latest truck tire offering from Michelin. The new tire is called the Defender LTX M/S. It’s an evolution of the LTX M/S2 that has enjoyed immense success for Michelin. The LTX M/S2 is the best selling truck tire they offer and it doesn’t even appear on any vehicles straight from the factory. The LTX M/S2 has sold on reputation alone. It comes with a 115,000 km warranty and many owners far exceed that distance, but that wasn’t good enough for Michelin or its consumers. The Defender LTX M/S has the same warranty and is expected to outlast the long lasting LTX M/S2.

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Review: Michelin Premier A/S All Season

I’m considered a minority when it comes to tires. I use winter tires in the winter, and performance summer tires in the summer. While people like myself make up of a very small percentage of drivers, most of our readers will agree that my summer tire choice is overkill for the average driver, and can be much better served by using all-season tires. Granted, performance summer tires will give you an edge at high lateral loads in dry weather, but realistically, those kind of tire performances are really not possible (or legal) in everyday driving.

With that being said, the number of people that rely on all-season tires are staggering. In the US, most passenger cars are fitted from the factory with all-seasons, and 97.5% of replacement tires are all seasons. While the numbers in Canada are lower due to drivers choosing to use winter tires in the winter (not to mention mandating winter tires in some provinces), the fact remains that all-season tires are the de facto standard in North America.

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Review

Every year, around October, the majority of Northern car enthusiasts are met with a dilemma. As the temperatures drop they’re forced to choose between leaving their summer tires on until it snows, leaving them stranded if caught off guard, or putting their winter tires on in advance, sacrificing performance and causing early wear. It’s a difficult decision, and one with no right answer, so Michelin is trying to help you avoid the issue altogether with their new Pilot Sport A/S 3 all-season tires.

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Michelin Unveils new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Calgary is a city that requires winter tires–like the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 we reviewed last year–there’s just no argument to be had for running one set of tires all year. This is exponentially more true if you’ve got a high performance car that can make use of extra grippy summer tires. The problem with climates like ours is that the weather can get cold long before it snows, this means that, despite dry roads, those summer tires are still hockey pucks.

You’ve got the choice to keep rolling on summers, albeit with limited grip, or put excess wear on your winters. The former seems to be the most popular option gauging by how many people get caught out by the first snowfall and can’t manage leaving their driveway, let alone a commute. But winter tires can be a significant investment, do you really want to have to replace them earlier than you have to? I think not, especially if you’re not even having fun with them.

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Review: Michelin X-Ice Xi3 – Driving Impressions

Every single year, beyond members gather online and debate the merits of winter tires, and compares what works best in our climate. Over the last 5 years, winter tires threads are by far the most popular winter discussions on our forums. We have a mix of the all season tire warriors, the winter tire nuts, and the crazies like myself that drive their sports cars in the winter trying to find a winter tire that’s actually manufactured in aggressive sizes. These threads must have garnered the attention of Michelin, as they have invited us to their unveiling of the brand new 2012 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 for review (don’t forget to check out the Xi3 preview for more pics).

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Preview: Michelin X-Ice Xi3

How do you improve on something as good as the Michelin X-Ice Xi2? Apparently, Michelin has found a way. This week, Michelin is debuting the all new X-Ice Xi3 winter tire at the Mecaglisse Ice and Snow track. Like it’s successor, it’s a dedicated snow and ice tire, which are very popular (and mandatory in Quebec) on our Canadian winter roads. How much better? The ice acceleration improvements stand out, delivering a whopping 17% shorter distances to get up to speed.

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