What every best Snow Tires has:
- Strong grip on snow and ice.
- A comfortable ride.
Maximum grip. For years, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta series has been unbeatable on ice in rigorous professional tests, and the Hakka 9 continues in that tradition. Canada's Automotive Protection Association calls it “A Nordic snow tire for deep snow and poor winter road conditions, coupled with good ice traction." But on clear roads, studded tires aren't so great. Their metal teeth skitter over bare pavement, and on wet and, especially, dry roads braking suffers. Studded tires really work best for drivers who battle constant ice and deep snow conditions.
Better manners. The biggest downside to studded tires -- aside from the potential damage they do to road surfaces -- is that they are known for having an uncomfortable and extremely noisy ride. However, experts note that new construction technologies have yielded a significantly better behaved and quieter tire. Kelly Taylor at Canadian automotive site Exhausted.ca notes that the studs on the Hakka 9 have a “soft layer behind the mounting flange that allows them to be compressed into the tread when contacting hard pavement, reducing both road noise and wear and tear to the road surface.”
No treadwear warranty or durability ratings. None of our sources tested the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 for durability, and we couldn't find any large owner surveys for this tire, either. Like most snow tires, the Hakkapeliitta 9 carries no treadwear warranty.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 finishes in third place among studded snow tire in testing by the Norwegian Automobile Federation, though it’s the highest rated tire that, as tested, is available in the U.S. Performance on snow and ice stands out to the site’s reviewers. It’s also less noisy than most studded tires. Performance on wet surfaces is “more average,” and braking distances on dry roads is on the long side.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 is among the winter tires that are Top Rated by the APA. The tire is called expensive, but it's a top performer for “deep snow and poor winter road conditions, coupled with good ice traction.”
Kelly Taylor looks at the improvements made to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 compared to its predecessor, the still available