Many years ago when the clouds cleared and the heavens sang, the most devote auto enthusiasts heard the word Nokian. Shortly afterwards of course, the clouds gathered once again and hit everyone with what locals to eEuroparts would call a ‘Wicked Nor’easter’ and buried them all in a 20in of wet snow. Fortunately, with Nokian tires this was not a problem, and soon Nokian would have the best reputation for quality snow tires in the entire industry. The Finnish company is based right around the arctic circle, so being good in the snow is one of the top demands for day to day life. However, while many of the enthusiasts clamor about how the Hakkepeliitta R2 is the best snow tire they’ve ever driven on, they might not realize that Nokian, now in 2017, has a huge variety of thoughtfully designed tires to keep you riding safe and comfortable no matter what the season. Nearly all these tires are also available for SUV’s, with special reinforced aramid fiber sidewalls (that’s Kevlar without the ®) for heavy duty motoring.
Nokian Tires has something for everyone
Snow, Rain, Slush…these are some of the hardest conditions a tire can cope with, but what about when the sun is out and the asphalt is hot? How about when you plan on traveling to the Cleveland outskirts for a wedding in July, and you are about to put some serious miles on? Nokian tires has something for your needs, and now that we have partnered directly with them, our devout enthusiast customer base can now buy them through us!
*Note* before we begin I want to mention a word you will read a lot, that’s the sipe or siping. Siping (psy-ping) is the very fine slits in the tread that was actually invented in boat shoes (fun fact for the day), and are instrumental in the evacuation of water and snow. Generally the more siping, the better the grip in inclement weather such as snow and ice.
With over 850 new part numbers added, here’s a look at what we have going on:
-Summer and Touring Nokian Tires-
Nokian zLINE A/S and zLINE A/S SUV
Replacing the outgoing zLINE performance summer tire, the zLINE A/S maintains great dry traction and sharp handling characteristics while adding in features that allow it to provide safety in inclement weather. This is Nokian’s flagship UHP (Ultra High Performance) all-season tire, with a fantastically strong carcass complimented by long tread life, soft ride, and silent tread design (you can see the golf ball-like dimples between the treads). For the performance side, the proof is in the proverbial pudding, as zLINE A/S tires are installed on the MX5 race cars that live at Lime Rock Park. With as much time spend on these as the previous zLINE generation, the longevity and grip is even BETTER than the bespoke summer tire it replaces. In several thousands of miles of track torture, the zLINE A/S exhibits as much as 80% better treadwear, with excellent resistance to chunking and chipping.
Several of Nokian’s main innovations have gone into making this the go-to tire for a high performance car to handle whatever the world can throw at it. Excellent water evacuation properties are presented by a variety of different siping techniques, and cooling edges on the sidewall add surface area to cool the tread carcass for longevity and grip in hot weather and a heavy right foot. Available for cars and SUV’s, the latter of which feature an aramid fiber reinforcement to help the sidewall do double-duty in the safest way possible.
Nokian eNTYRE 2.0
The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 is made to be a comfortable touring tire with specific features to make it a fantastic choice for commuters and roadtrippers. Able to handle well in warm dry weather, rain, and even light snow, these tires are capable of handling an entire (get it?) range of diverse situations on the road. With a UTG of 720/A/A for 55 series sidewalls and up, and 580/A/A for series 50 and lower, these are made to do long miles and outlast the competition, and are available in a huge number of sizes. If you are looking for a comfortable touring tire that will increase MPG’s, be nearly silent, handle great in the wet, and wear like iron, and be supremely cost effective…The Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 is your best bet! Also available in SUV sizes within the same product line.
-Winter Certified Tires-
Nokian was the original inventor of winter tires in 1934, when standard tires weren’t cutting it through the endless snowey Finnish winters. The world’s northernmost tire producer now prides themselves in making some of the best snow tires money can buy. They are so good that our local Ice Racing chapters in upstate New York and surrounding areas have made Nokian tires standard for some racing classes. Yes they may be pricey, but trust us when we say if you’ve never experienced a Nokian snow tire, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out this listing in Consumer reports, where Nokian earns top pick in multple categories.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (Hakka 8) and Hakka 8 SUV
The all star contender, the Nokian Hakkapeliita 8 is the current world class computer designed snow tire available in studded trim at eEuroparts. Earning numerous test wins in motoring magazines all over the world, the Nokian Hakka 8 has intricately designed tread siping, a proprietary silicated formula, and Nokian’s patented Eco Stud 8 adaptive stud system. The name Hakkapeliitta comes from a 15th century battlecry that roughly translates to “Hit them hard”, and to the competition it’s no wonder why. This system uses a variety of Nokian innovations including the design of the anchor stud, flange design, and eco stud cushion to provide extreme levels of grip while maintaining soft and quiet stud surface contact for absolute comfort out of a studded snow tire, even on glaze ice. This tire also features special reinforcement in key areas of the tread block that allows the stud to provide maximum grip in braking situations. Don’t drive in fear of what you might find on a snowy and icy road, check out the Hakka 8. Also available in non-studded, but we recommend the R2 if you don’t want studs.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 (Hakka R2) and Hakka R2 SUV
The king of the sipes. If you’re looking for deep snow traction without studs, Nokian has the R2. The R2 is a high performance studless winter snow tire that combines nearly a century of snow tire technology into a supremely comfortable tire able to handle the worst winter weather planet Earth is capable of. Where the Hakka 8 is designed specifically around the studs, this tire goes in the opposite direction. Utilizing a number of different types of sipes, alongside a Cryo-Silane and Cryo-Crystal tread compound, the R2 is designed to perform excellently on surfaces from deep snow to wet glaze ice and icey gravel. The sidewall is a key area to ensure strength, so instead of having water and slush evacuating treads located there like many other tires, the R2 features pump sipes that suck up the slush and water and store it until it can expel the contents. The treads along the sidewall feature jagged edges to add traction, Nokian calls these areas “Slush claws“. This is in addition to what Nokian describes as “Grip claws” which live between the dense siping and tread blocks and make the grooves effective tread areas as well. Available for cars and SUV’s. Check out this tire shootout with the R2 on Car and Driver
Nokian Nordman 5 and Nordman 5 SUV
Excellent tire traction in the most extenuating weather conditions can come at a price, but if your wallet just can’t handle the brunt of a set of state-of-the-art Nokian Hakka 8’s, Nokian still has something for you in their Nordman line. Utilizing decades of experience designing and manufacturing the highest quality snow tires in the industry, Nokian has adjusted to come out with the budget friendly Nordman series of tires. Available in studded and non-studded trim, the Nordman 5 will still be light years ahead of all-season tires , and certainly as safe as any other top of the line winter tire could ever claim to be when you find yourself traversing a winter wonderland. Available for passenger cars and SUV’s.
-All-Weather Nokian Tires-
Most car guys are ok with putting on different sets of tires when the snow starts falling, but Nokian realized that the average user prefers to forgo the inconvenience. That’s why they have a line of tires that they consider All-Weather. Nokian All-Weather tires are idea for generally colder climates and places where you can be caught out by the stray snow storm in spring and fall months. Where all season tires err on the side of dry warm weather cruising, Nokian All-Weather tires are designed to be more like snow tires that won’t chunk apart and suffer in the summer months. They carry the snowflake to signify they are officially certified for winter use, but will have reduced noise and much better durability than a dedicated snow tire when the asphalt heats up.
The Nokian WR G3 (successor to the Nokain WR A3) is an all weather tire available in two tire tread patterns dependent on sizing. Smaller thinner tires will get the symmetrical groove style, where the larger sizes will be the asymmetrical style to the right on the illustration above. These tires are an advanced, new generation of tires that have the siping and silica content to make them safe in snow and slush, while maintaining the durable compound, low rolling resistance, and speed ratings of an all season or summer tire. Think of it this way: All season tires will always be a compromise, and generally that compromise makes for a safe and comfortable tire on a dry road, with the ability to survive through a light snow storm depending on the setup of the car. The Nokian WR G3 is more like a snow tire, that can make it through the summer without wearing down due to the soft compound and fragile small sipe grooves. These tires feature 3D self-locking sipes that will still soak up water, slush, and snow, without being too squishy. That means these will handle in the dry and feel much more supportive than a standard snow tire.
-Light truck and SUV-
Nokian Rotiiva AT and Rotiiva HT
Nokian specializes in making heavy duty tires for extreme duty applications, such as 18 wheelers (or should I say Lorries), construction equipment, and even APC’s and other military vehicles. Now, most of that is generally on the European side of the pond, but if you have a light truck or SUV that sees some work, Nokian Tire has something for you with the Rotiiva line. There are two types of Rotiiva tires available: The Rotiiva AT which is designed for all-terrain expeditions in demanding conditions (our Land Rover customers would appreciate these greatly), as well as the Rotiiva HT which stands for Highway Tread. As you can guess, the HT is more focused on the haul, and has features such as low rolling resistance, an aramid reinforced sidewall for large loads, and quiet tread technology. However this tire also has features that allow it to go off road, in case it were to ever end, such as reinforced shoulders and stone ejectors to keep the tread clean of unwanted debris. The AT all-terrain tire is designed to be excellent on asphalt, but also have exclusive features to help when the road goes away.
Rotiiva HT (Highway Tread):
Rotiiva AT (All-Terrain):