Vehicles need tires to be able to walk on the surface of this earth. The world has a variety of seasons and of course the tires on our vehicles need to be replaced in order to “conquer” every challenge in each season. Winter is a season that is quite heavy to cross because in that season the weather conditions are certainly very cold and the roads are snowy, icy and very slippery to pass through. So every tire manufacturer around the world makes special tires for winter tires.
Bridgestone is one of the largest tire companies in Japan and even the world has produced special winter tires that can be used on snowy road surfaces due to winter. There are several brands of winter tires including WS60-WS80. Well, this time we will discuss about two special winter tires from Bridgestone Tire, they are WS60 and WS80. Who is the best of these two tires? Let’s find out here.
Bridgestone Tire: Who Are They?
As mentioned earlier, Bridgestone is the largest tire company in the world. Bridgestone was founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi in Kurume City, Fukuoka, Japan. The Bridgestone itself is transliterated into English taken from Japanese “Ishibashi” which means “Bridgestone”.
The Bridgestone Group has 181 production facilities in 24 countries in July 2018. As the world’s largest tire manufacturer, Bridgestone has developed tires of all types. Winter tires from Bridgestone are indeed undeniable that they have excellent capabilities and performance. Among the winter tires that have been produced are WS60 and until now have issued WS80.
WS80 itself is a substitute for WS70 but WS70 is still marketed so that the three tires from the “WS” brand can still be chosen by its customers. Well, you might be wonder which one is the best for you? We will give you the answer for that question. We will compare these two tires, which is WS60 vs. WS70.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 is the third generation of Bridgestone Winter Biter tires which are certainly designed to get maximum results on snowy roads due to winter. WS60 is Bridgestone’s winter Studless Ice & Snow tires developed for coupe, sedan, minivan and crossover drivers that feature the Tube Multicell TM Compound. This compound consists of thousands of tubes and microscopic cells which resemble the “Swiss Cheese” which functions as an evacuation of water formed between the tire contact area and the snowy road surface.
The grip of a tire that can control the tire so that it can avoid surprising events such as thick chunks of ice, slippery roads and small things that can disrupt your trip. This is due to the presence of flexible tread rubber compound. This unique tread compound is printed into a directed tread design featuring independent tread blocks with 3-D sip zigzag for spreading water from tire contact patches, which adds to the grip.
The result is increased hydroplaning durability and greater driving and braking forces on roads covered with snow and ice. Featuring UNI-T Bridgestone Technology, the internal structure of Blizzak WS60 includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally rolled nylon to provide high-speed durability and desired driving characteristics.
Blizzak WS60 also features tread depth indicator printed on the tread design allows the driver to know how many percent more tread left on the Tube multicell compound. Just like other winter tires that must have 3PMSF qualifications. Blizzak WS60 Studless Ice & Snow tires meet the industry’s severe snow service requirements and are branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.
What about its competitor WS70? Are there differences between them? As explained before that WS70 has been replaced with its successor, the WS80. But both are still marketed by Bridgestone. There is no difference between the two tires. WS70 is the fourth generation of WinterBiter which certainly provides winter traction and control that can turn the tire into its best performance on a road full of obstacles due to various conditions in winter. So what makes these two tires different? Differences may exist in the available sizes (discussed in the next session). WS70 is regeneration from WS60 which WS70 only “upgraded” the technology used by WS60. See also: General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Bridgestone Blizzak
Size and Price
As previously explained, WS70 is the fourth generation which means “sister” of WS60. WS70 is only a complement to WS60. Complementary here means that none of WS60 in WS70 actually the definition is not too true because currently the WS60 is even more complete than WS70. The sizes available WS60 consist of rim diameters 14 ” to 16 ” while WS70 only has one rim size diameter 15 “.
Bridgestone Tire manufactures tires by “regenerating” each production tire so that WS60 and WS70 have been replaced by WS80 which WS80 “fixes” the two WSs. It can be said that the WS80 was combined from WS60 and WS70 and a little more features and sizes were given so that WS80 became a complement of WS60 and WS70.
Regarding prices, they certainly have different prices. Unfortunately on the official website of Bridgestone WS60 the prices offered have no information available. But Bridgestone provides information that prices may differ depending on online retailers, local dealers, and countries that sell tires from Bridgestone. But from online retailer sites such as Amazon.com offering a price of WS60 around $195.50. The exact price can change according to the specifications and sizes available.
The price offered by the Bridgestone WS70 through its official website starts at $ 95.99 the price can certainly differ depending on local dealers, online retailers and official Bridgestone distributors in each country. Until this article was released WS70 is not available on Amazon.com.
If you are still in doubt about buying tires at an online retailer site, we recommend that you come to a local dealer in your city to get the certainty of the prices of both tires produced by Bridgestone.
Because of the same company these two tires certainly have something in common about the warranty policy imposed by Bridgestone. Bridgestone Blizzak also guarantees a “temporary use” or trial product that covers all tire changes if the tire has a manufacturer error so that the tire can be replaced with a new one.
It is not stated how long “temporary use” applies but Brigestone said that from the date of purchase up to the next five years the tire can be replaced with a new one but still the replaced tire is still charged provided that the percentage of used treadwear is multiplied by dealer then the current selling price for replacement tires.
Taxes, installations, balances, disposal fees and other appropriate service fees can be added to the replacement price. Tires may not be worn up to 2/32 inches (1.6 mm) or the original tread depth is less left (e.g., worn above the default indicator in the curve of the tread). If there is no proof of the date of purchase, Bridgestone provides a six-year warranty since the tire is under construction.
Performance of these two tires has extraordinary abilities. The technology used in both tires can make tire performance very good on snowy and slippery roads. The performance of the two tires has something in common but from reviews from consumers who use these tires, WS60 is preferred because WS60 traction is better in handling on snowy, wet and slippery roads.
Not only from Bridgestone’s official website about the reviews of these two tires, but also from other sites such as TireRack, which gave quite perfect scores with an average of 9.0 for WS60 while WS70 gave only 8.7. This assessment itself from a survey conducted by TireRack.com, we do not know exactly which of these two tires has a good performance.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 vs WS70
|Bridgestone Blizzak WS60||Bridgestone Blizzak WS70|
|- More experienced on snowy roads.||- Regeneration from WS60.|
|- Available sizes are more choices.||- Sizes are available only one option.|
|- Excellent traction performance.||- Pretty good traction.|
We cannot distinguish these two tires because they are both just “regenerating” from the production of winter tires produced by Bridgestone. If we follow the logic reason that WS70 is certainly a better performance compared to WS60 because WS70 “upgrades” technology from WS60. However, when viewed from a review of various sites that review these two tires, it states that WS60 gets better score than WS70. Now, the decision is in your hands. We recommend that you ask directly to the local dealer in your city to get more detailed information.