The Best Snow Tires for Trucks – Our Picks
By: Discount Tire
It’s no secret that winter weather brings with it some of the most challenging driving conditions you may ever face. But you can make the trek a lot easier on yourself (and a lot less nerve-wracking for your fellow passengers) by making sure you have the best winter tires for your truck.
Even a quick internet search will show you that there are hundreds of great winter truck tire options out there to choose from, so we understand that it can get a little overwhelming.
To help you avoid the stress of digging through all those options, we’ve put together a list of our top truck and SUV snow tire picks with the help of Izzy Q., one of our resident Product Marketing and Development winter tire experts with 13 years of experience.
Check out Izzy’s recommendations below!
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV
Worrisome winter weather doesn’t need to stop you in your tracks when your truck is rolling on our first pick, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded snow tire.
Built to support the weight and payload of your vehicle, the Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV features a Cryo-silane compound that grips winter roads no matter how harsh the weather gets. Plus, the Hakkapeliitta 8 features Nokian’s proprietary stud design.
When you see studs, you may be concerned about noise or comfort levels, but that’s where the Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV shines.
Called the Eco Stud 8, these studs hold tight to ice-covered roads without compromising your comfort. How? It’s simple. The studs in the Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV are built with a flange design and backed by an Eco Stud cushion. This basically means these two technologies work together to dampen noise and vibration caused by studs while amping up your levels of traction.
This Nokian truck snow tire also delivers improved braking power on snow through its saw-tooth design on the back of its tread blocks, which dig into loose powder and help you stay planted through the entire winter season.
And to make sure you don’t get sidelined by any debris hidden beneath the snowbanks, the sidewalls are reinforced with aramid fibre. This space age tech helps the Hakkapeliitta 8 resist cuts, punctures and tears, so you can roll over any obstacle, worry free.
Winter weather may cause some drivers worry, but you can cruise without a care when you ride on the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tire.
Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw
Our second choice is a truck snow tire that’s ideal for the truck driver who craves boundless performance on ice and snow (as well as an aggressive appearance). That tire? The Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw.
Engineered with cutting-edge winter performance, (its name and design is inspired by the snow leopard) the Discoverer Snow Claw will give your truck or SUV sure-footed grip no matter how harsh winter gets.
And with Cooper’s Snow-Groove technology and Winter Grip tread compound, you can rely on the Snow Claw to hold fast to the path, whether you’re facing frozen, dry winter roads or whiteout blizzard conditions. To add grip when the white stuff has fallen heavy, the Snow Claw features alternating shoulder scoops, which dig into snow to propel you forward.
Concerned about icy roads? No problem. The Discoverer Snow Claw is pinned, which means you can add your own claws to it by having it studded. That means traction that won’t give up, even when you feel like you’re reenacting “Ice Road Truckers.”
In short, if you want to prepare your pickup or SUV for the worst winter has to offer, upgrading the rubber on your rig to the Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw is a very safe bet.
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Our final pick to give your truck a boost in winter performance (not to mention a rugged upgrade in looks) is the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2. You may know of the BFG KO2 as a mainstay in the off-roading community, but there’s a lot more to this tire than you might think when it gets cold out.
While it’s renowned for its fierce performance off-road, the BFG KO2 isn’t just a killer off road tire. With its tough exterior and aggressive tread pattern, the KO2 can punch up with the toughest weather winter has to offer.
And we’re not just saying that. The KO2 is so formidable in ice and snow that it’s backed by the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol. That means it meets the Rubber Manufacturer Association’s requirements for performance in extreme winter conditions.
Need more incentive to consider the KO2? It also features the M+S rating, meaning it’s approved for use in mud and snow. Off-road performance that can tackle the deepest powder and coldest mud? Sounds like a stellar upgrade for any pickup, 4x4 or SUV.
And if you’re concerned about toughness or load carrying capacity, get ready to let those worries go. The BFG KO2 is built with an incredibly durable tread compound and a reinforced construction, so any unseen debris in or under deep snow shouldn’t have.
Plus, the KO2 is built in C, D and E load ratings, so you can confidently take on the winter storms without giving up your ability to carry or pull a load in your truck.
While it’s not going to perform to the extent a traditional snow tire will in winter driving conditions, if you want to step up your pickup’s performance off-road, not to mention its grip on ice and in snow, then the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 is a strong winter truck tire option for you.
If you’re interested in saving time (and money) you can always build your own custom truck/SUV winter tire and wheel package. And if you want some inspiration before you customize your own set, check out our picks for the best winter tire and wheel combos.
If you’re ready to take the leap and get your pickup truck or SUV fitted up with new winter tires or you just need to changeover to your current set of snow tires, we can get you taken care of. Feel free to schedule an appointment or just visit our store nearest you and we’ll get you back on the road in no time.