Winter is the most difficult season in driving because of the weather so that the road will be snowy, wet, icy and very slippery so it’s certainly difficult to conquer. Under such circumstances the tire companies vying to create a special winter tire innovation with extraordinary ability in the conquest of winter. In this article we will discuss the two tires of different companies that can be your choice of driving in winter. They are General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Michelin X-Ice X13.
General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. Tires specifically designed for winter offer performance that is undoubtedly on the road. Designed for coupe, sedan, minivan and crossover type vehicles, as well as pickup trucks; General grouping these tires into “family” winter tires is not only Altimax Arctic there are two types of tires that have functions and purposes similar to Altimax. They are Grabber Arctic and Grabber Arctic LT.
Designed in such a way by using technological innovations that can “hit” winter malignancy. Innovative compound and tread patterns for superior traction in low temperatures in wet, snow and / or ice conditions. The features applied to the Altimax Arctic have been well designed and researched to produce innovative technology that can make tires cross a wet road due to extreme cold weather.
AltiMAX Arctic Radials applies the General Tire’s All-Weather Dual Tread compound to improve tire capability in cold and wet traction. The compounds used by AltiMAX are formed not only can cross wet traction but also dry roads with water evacuation technology and hydropanning resistance on wet and muddy roads. Tread designed with Center Stability Rib and pattern directions to combine the straight-line stability.
Radial technology used by AltiMAX Arctic with 270 degrees rotation and high density on the tire surface increases snow traction when accelerating, cornering, or braking. Reactive Contour Technology that is applied in tire features makes the internal structure of the tire including twin steel belts above the polyester sheath make it react to different road conditions and maintain better contact with the road surface. lternating rows of optional metal studs can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard packed snow and icy roads.
How about Michelin X-Ice X13? See also: Goodyear: Wrangler vs. Michelin LTX. Michelin is a tire company from France and is also the largest tire company after Bridgestone and even bigger than Goodyear. Michelin is also famous for its Red and Green Travel Guides and also gained the trust of prestigious race tournaments such as MotoGP and Formula One.
Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is the third generation of the previous Michelin X-Ice which has been discontinued. X-Ice Xi03 is a band studleess ice and snow developed for coupe, sedan, family can drivers and small crossover vehicles. Designed for winter traction and also with predictable handling even in dry and wet areas. Cross Z Sipes Technology, Micro-pums, and Flex-Ice compound makes X-Ice Xi3 able to survive and cope with winter conditions and temperature extremes.
In addition, the Michelin FleX-Ice compound also offers firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while remaining flexible at lower temperatures to increase snow traction and ice traction. Directional treads that can help evacuate water and mud to improve hydroplaning resistance.
The variable angle Cross Z Sipes technology and the micro-pump located on the shoulder and intermediate tread block can increase the stability of the tread and shoulder block to produce traction on ice and snow covered roads. In addition Cross Z Sipes provide lateral and longitudinal rigidity that increases treadwear and precision driving on dry and wet roads. Designed for lasting winter performance, the X-Ice Xi3’s performance can last for 40,000 miles.
The technology used is MaxTouch Construction so that it maximizes longer and longer service life. Designed with superior technology, Michelin also adds features that have never been used by competitors. Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is designed to be environmentally friendly in reducing fuel consumption and CO2 gas emissions.
The X-Ice Xi3 also has a snow platform indicator or the same as the fuel indicator in the car which tells the driver when traction of ice and snow will decrease. So that the driver can predict whether the Xi3 X-Ice can pass thick snow or not. This indicator also confirms that Michelin takes care of every detail of the tire design so that there is no mistake in the future.
Thing to note before buying winter tires are tires must meet severe snow service requirements in the industry and is characterized by three peak mountain snowflake symbol (3PMSF). Fortunately the two vehicles meet the requirements.
Sizes and Price
Regarding the sizes available these two tires have differences in size choices. General AltiMAX Arctic only has a size with diameter rim 14” to 17 ”. While the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 has more choices of sizes from 14” to 19” diameter rim but specifications such as Eco Focus or environmentally friendly are only a few sizes available. Ask your local dealer and consult with them to get maximum results about the tire you will choose. Regarding the prices offered by the two companies, of course different. But it is unfortunate that General does not provide sales online so the official website does not mention the official price offered.
The General has granted distributor authorized rights to each local dealer in each city that has obtained official authority from the General. Access to purchases from Michelin is easier because it can be purchased online through official sites and official retailers imposed by Michelin. Michelin can also be purchased through a local dealer in your city. Michelin can also be found outside of North America so Michelin tires can be purchased through official and local sites in their respective countries.
Regarding the two tires’ warranty policies, they have different terms and conditions. General AltiMAX Arctic provides 45 days of service for trial tires which will be replaced with new ones if the tire is experiencing problems provided there is a serial number that reads General and D.O.T. Replacement for tires that have been purchased is not because the trial product will be replaced for 72 months or 6 years from the date of purchase of tire change can be replaced free of charge with a purchase period of 12 months or one year from the date of purchase if the one year limit is exceeded Altimax Arctic will notify you about the requirements for changing tires. Coverage with a warranty of up to 75,000 miles, but each country is different. For more detailed information about warranty information can be found on the official website.
Different from Michelin: X-Ice Xi3 has two choices of “Treadwear Limited” warranty with a distance of around 30,000 miles and 40,000 miles so that consumers can choose what warranty they want and the distance is not a problem as long as they follow the terms and conditions which has been enacted. The same thing applied by Michelin; if damage occurs due to an error during the manufacturing process of tires from the factory and the material used is not in accordance with the truth, Michelin guarantees a tire change with a period of six years from the date of purchase and in the first year the tire change will be free of charge from one year the purchase policy will be determined by Michelin. Ask local dealer to get more accurate information so that no errors occur.
General AltiMAX Arctic vs Michelin X-Ice XI3
|General AltiMAX Arctic||Michelin X-Ice Xi3|
|- Excellent traction performance and longevity at a snowy street thick.||- Excellent traction performance but not durable in the thick snow.|
|- Less size.||- Available sizes vary and more choices.|
|- Only on sale at a local dealer.||- Accessibility.|
The performance AltiMAX Arctic is more powerful than X-Ice Xi3 for durable traction despite heavy snow on the streets. As for purchases, Michelin can be obtained easily because it provides two types of purchases both through online and local dealers. Michelin can also be purchased in every country that has received an official distributor from Michelin.