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Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 Review

By: Carl Laron on October 09, 2017

Bottom Line

If your winter roads are consistently ice covered, the studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 is for you. With its built-in metal teeth, the Hakka 9 is one of the top performers when it comes to braking performance on ice, and is an excellent performer in the snow as well.

Pros

  • Unbeatable on ice
  • Good traction on snow
  • Improved noise level

Cons

  • Noisy compared to studless snow tires
  • Weak performance braking on wet pavement
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Breaking it down

Performance

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.

Comfort

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.”

Durability

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.

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