Federal’s winter tire line – Himalaya is extended with a new member, WS2. With Federal’s latest winter rubber compounds, WS2 has consistent and excellent performance of grip in various winter conditions without compromising tread life. Stud on tread greatly increases traction on snow/ice surfaces for confident driving. The intersecting main grooves provide strong grip and minimize noise emission. Specially designed random pitch arrangement delivers excellent braking. Directional V-shaped tread pattern strengthen stiffness of tread, which decreases uneven wear in high-loading driving. All season use (M+S). Please check with Federal’s sales for available sizes currently.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm. This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow. Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.
Federal HIMALAYA WS2 tyre review
Average based on 4 test results
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Braking in dry conditions
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01.06.2015 from brickley Excellent tyre for driving in the snow and ice
09.07.2010 from Perry Debell I expect two more winter seasons from these tyres.
20.01.2010 from Vic Gregory This tyre started to impress straight out of the tyre fitters right into heavy falling snow and slush temp 3. Its quiet good grip with little or no understeer on slush laiden roundabouts, good high speed stability.