Michellin is one of the most well-respected brand names in the tire industry. Their Uniroyal line is an affordable set of entry level tires that refuse to sacrifice performance just to save a dollar. These tires are often consumers first choice for affordable entry-point tires in situations where safety is key. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the entire line of products offered, to help you decide which ones are right for you.
Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ Review
The GTZ line of tires is a step above what you’d put on your typical corolla. These are high speed tires designed for performance vehicles. Whether you’re driving a souped up civic or a mazarati, these are the economy tires you need to get the most performance from your vehicle without hindering them like other affordable tires would.
These tires are basically made for dry conditions. They maintain a firm grip with the road, allowing users to experience ultra tight handling and very little slipping. One of the main areas they excel in is braking performance. This is essential when you’re driving an Audi, BMW, or other vehicle that has very high horsepower. These tires will allow you to stop on a dime, without tailing out or losing grip with the road.
No matter what month of the year it is, there is always a chance that you’ll encounter some unexpected rain. These tires have directional vanes that allow water to be pushed beyond the tires, reducing the chances of hydroplaning. This is not incredibly common with a high performance tire, making them much safer than competing brands.
These are summer tires, designed for sports vehicles. Their snow performance is quite poor, and we do not recommend driving them in winter conditions.
Comfort & Noise
This is, by far, the most comfortable and smooth ride of any tires in the Uniroyal family. They have a small tread pattern and very soft sidewalls. This allows them to reduce road noise by a significant margin, without having to soften the treads. This combination of hard treads and soft sidewalls gives them above average wear, making them an excellent buy for summertime use.
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow Review
Although the Tiger Paw line contains one of the most popular all season tires on the market, those of you who live in extreme climates know that this simply won’t do. In this part of the analysis, we’ll be focusing on the Ice & Snow version of the tire. This is specially designed with an aggressive tread pattern, designed to keep you moving even in deep snow or slick ice.
It goes without saying that the deep grooves and high level of contact this tire makes with the snow makes it ideal for dry driving. It maintains tight traction even on dirt roads, or wtih loose gravel. That being said, this isn’t a replacement for a summer tire. It’s made from a much softer rubber so that it doesn’t harden during icy temperatures. If you’re running this tire in warm weather, you’re going to drastically reduce it’s lifetime.
Performance in wet conditions is a bit of a mixed bag. In cooler weather, they do very well. They are excellent in deep slush, and maintain good grip in shallow puddles. This is due primarily to the large grooves in the tire. The one thing that this is missing is pathways that allow the water to flow out of the tire. This means that in very deep puddles, it is possible that you will hydro plane.
This is the one area where the tire really excels. It’s designed for deep snow, and despite it’s low price it’s one of the most well made snow tires we’ve used. Our inspection found that it didn’t lose traction even in deep snow, and it took quite a lot of force before the wheels would spin out. This is one of the key advantages of these tires. Most snow tires are designed to do well in all conditions, where as this is specifically an ice and snow tire. You aren’t able to run it all your round, but you’ll find that you’ll be able to get traction paralleled by tires that generally cost several times it’s price.
If you’re in an extremely icy climate, these tires are molded to accept #12 studs. These are the most aggressive studs that money can buy, and most dealers can fit them inexpensively. That being said, they’re not allowed in all jurisdictions. So you should check with your local laws before applying them. Generally, they’ll be alowed to use them in any climate that gets a lot of snow and ice, provided you remove them in the warm months.
Comfort & Noise
These are some of the deepest treads we’ve reviewed, but that also means that these tires are the most comfortable when they’re in the elements they’re designed for. When cold, the rubber is a little harder which allows it to grip into the snow quietly and efficiently. But if you’re using it in a warm climate or on dry ground, you’ll notice that they are a little louder than all season tires.
Tiger Paw Touring Review
The touring is Uniroyals “all around” tire for summer, fall, and winter. We went in-depth and reviewed this tire on it’s own. For more information, check out our Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring Review.
Final Uniroyal Tiger Paw Review
The Uniroyal Tiger Paw line is an accessible, affordable tire line that offers above average performance for a below average price. This tires are a great choice for anyone looking for a decent entry point into a new set of tires, especially if you’re not willing to compromise on safety.
If you’re looking for a reasonable set of all season tires that won’t break the bank, the uniroyal tiger paw touring is a great choice. But in our analysis, we found that the GTZ in the summer and Ice & Snow in the winter provides above average performance in both conditions, and still costs less than top-tier tires in either category. Overall, you’re getting a great bargain with these tires, and our review gave them a very good rating.