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All-weather vs All-season vs Winter Tires


All-weather tires are Canada's year round tire, while 3-season tires (formerly called All-season tires) are perfect for spring, summer and fall. For serious winter driving, you guessed it, winter tires are the way to go.

Winter Studded Winter Non-studded All-weather 3season-small
Severe service emblem N/A
Weather Conditions weather-severe

Harsh winter conditions with lots of snow, ice, and freezing water on the road.


Harsh winter conditions with lots of snow


Milder winter conditions with heavy rain, snowfall that melts quickly and slush


Warm, dry and mild wet conditions

Season for Best Performance

temp below 7°C

temp below 7°C

temp above & below 7°C

temp above 7°C
Wet Ice               
Rough Ice                 
Soft Snow                 
Hard packed snow                
Wet Asphalt (5°C)               
Stability on Asphalt                 
Rubber Compound Designed to stay soft in cold temperatures for ultimate grip on ice. Best choice for heavy snow and black ice Designed to stay soft in cold temperatures for ultimate grip on snow Designed to stay flexible in temperatures above and below 7°C. Provides excellent grip on snow, slush, wet roads and bare asphalt Generally, a harder compound in order to get longer tread life, which loses traction at 7°C and lower
Tread Pattern winter-studdedSurface has holes with metal studs pressed in that grip icy roads for braking. Aggressive tread design and siping (fine slits in the tread) grip snow and ice and push away slush winter-non-studdedAggressive tread design and siping provides stability by biting snow and pushing away water and slush all-weatherAggressive tread design and siping provides stability by biting snow, pushing away water and slush. Also provides sensitive handling in warmer conditions all-seasonTread pattern designed to reduce noise and provide a comfortable, low rolling resistance ride during warm temperatures. In winter, snow and slush clogs the channels creating a slippery, unsafe surface for winter roads


Which All-weather Tire is Right for Me?

Almost a decade ago, Kal Tire introduced Canada to all-weather tires with the first Nokian WR. Since then, more tires and offerings have entered the market. This year, we’re proud to offer you a choice of six exclusive all-weather tires.

Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

Canadians know winter well and we’re all too familiar with how snow and ice play havoc with our roads. Learn more about how winter tires can make winter driving a less daunting experience.

When Should I Put On Winter Tires?

Thanksgiving? November 1? First snowfall? These are common guesses people give when asked when is the best time to have their winter tires installed, but they’re all wrong. It’s all about temperature.

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