Photo 3/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt packed Snow | For many of you, the idea of using a snow tire on a truck may not seem necessary. After all, most of you have four-wheel drive, some decent truck tires, and experience with driving in all types of weather conditions. That logic used to make sense to us, but after driving on a true snow tire designed specifically for trucks and SUVs, we realize what we’ve been missing all these years.
Photo 4/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt side Shot | The Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT is not only an amazing snow tire, it’s also a true diesel truck tire. With a 121Q load index rating (E load range, or 3,195 pounds apiece), these tires are up to handling the loads that 1-ton work trucks dish out.
Photo 5/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt snow Prints | During our tire test, we were stunned by how well the Goodyears grabbed hold of the snow and hard-packed ice. Here you can see how the tire’s features literally amplify the amount of surface area the tire can grip. The truck’s owner couldn’t get over how much more steering input and forward traction the Goodyears gave his Dodge. He said, “I can push the snowbanks back better than the bucket loaders now.” His competition has also taken notice. We were informed that after two storms with the Goodyears on this plow truck, his two friends have seen the Ultra Grip Ice WRT’s advantage and have purchased their own snow tires to use for the rest of the season.
Photo 6/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt driver Side Tire | The “WRT” in the Ultra Grip Ice tire’s name stands for “Winter Reactive Technology.” That’s basically Goodyear’s code for a series of features that make these tires better suited for the white stuff than any all-terrain or all-weather tire you’re likely to have on your diesel.
Photo 7/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt tread With Snow | The first key to the Ultra Grip Ice’s snow and ice traction is using the proper compound of rubber. These Goodyears feature a very soft rubber that stays pliable in freezing temperatures. The second key is giving that soft rubber as many biting edges as possible. Note the thin slits, often called sipes, in the face of the tire. These allow the tread face to literally envelope any friction-aiding texture found on the snow and ice to provide the maximum grip possible. This extreme tread face flexibility could potentially create a squirmy-feeling tire when braking and cornering, so Goodyear also incorporated a diamond-shaped tread-locking feature that connects the individual tread blocks together when needed. Finally, the Ultra Grip Ice WRTs offer a unique directional tread pattern to help direct melting snow and ice away from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning.
Photo 8/8 | 1104dp goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice Wrt tread Close Up | Goodyear Tire Ultra Grip Ice WRT