Hankook Icebear W300

Dry Grip 76%
Wet Grip 64%
Road Feedback 77%
Handling 74%
Wear 71%
Comfort 70%
Buy again 65%

The Hankook Icebear W300 is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Car

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Tyre review data from 10 tyre reviews averaging 71% over 43,840 miles driven.

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Top Hankook Icebear W300 Review

Given 60% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 0 average miles
Two years on an 09 GTI, with no snow on the roads work well in the cold weather. In deeper snow trying to take off on a slight incline from a stop is impossible. Worse then most all season tires. Would not recommend and will not re-buy.
25 - tyre reviewed on February 8, 2013   

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Given 43% while driving a BMW 330d M Sport (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 8,000 average miles
A pretty poor tyre. Dry grip is ok but feedback limited and noise levels quite high. Wet grip is very weak, on a powerful car the back end is easy to step out in these conditions. Snow has not been an issue so far but in sleet and ice they have yet to inspire confidence.
0 - tyre reviewed on April 2, 2018   
Given 67% while driving a BMW Z4 3.0 (255/35 R18 W) on a combination of roads for 20 spirited miles
These came fitted to my 04 BMW Z4 3.0.
I had them on all summer and through most of the winter.

In the summer they were a good tyre and held the road well even on 30+ degrees centigrade days. They could be pushed to loose traction but it was very progressive in breaking away and did not snatch back. Lots of fun if not the fastest way from a-b.

Winter use, wet grip isn't amazing but they aren't a wet focused tyre so to be expected, I. The 255 section aqua planing a little at the rear would happen with some standing water.
The limit of traction could be found at very small amounts over what would be considered sedate driving in the z4.

Snow, used in North yorkshire. They handled snow and ice much better than an all year round/rain tyre. Noticeable improvement. Hill starts on half an inch of snow (no Tarmac) were pretty easy. It was still essential to drive to the conditions I.e atleast a third off speed 20-25 mph. Driving in this way sees good traction and no silly incidents getting stuck. The same hill taken with brand new cooper zeon sport tyres saw me going nowhere with the lightest dusting of snow.

Summary, a good entry level winter tyre that will keep you moving in bad weather all be it slowly.
1 - tyre reviewed on February 4, 2015   
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Given 60% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 0 average miles
Two years on an 09 GTI, with no snow on the roads work well in the cold weather. In deeper snow trying to take off on a slight incline from a stop is impossible. Worse then most all season tires. Would not recommend and will not re-buy.
25 - tyre reviewed on February 8, 2013   
Given 74% while driving a Volkswagen Scirocco 1.6 GT (185/60 R14) on a combination of roads for 20 easy going miles
After two years driving an old Porsche in the snow, it was a nightmare.
I bought an old Scirocco and a set of icebears.
The combination of a lightweight low powered car on very soft tyres is brilliant.
It stops on the proverbial sixpence in the deepest snow and howls around corners while the four wheel drive stuff trying to keep up just flies into the ditches.
These are brill.
Great in the wet too, but they come off in April because it looks like they wear rapidly when things warm up.
Seen them formular one drivers going through the puddles to keep their rubber cools?
That's me that is.

Very good but appear to wear rapidly, I think two years / ten thousand miles max.
Bloody fun miles though!

0 - tyre reviewed on February 2, 2013   
Given 41% while driving a Mercedes Benz E Class (245/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
Very bad traction on snow and ice. Extreme wear in 10000 miles, could use only one season and replaced them. Extremely sliding on snow and ice and nearly impossible to keep the car on the road.
1 - tyre reviewed on October 31, 2012   

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