Linglong Crosswind A/T
There is a wide range of SUV tires on the market. Some models are more expensive, some are worse - in general, there is plenty to choose from. The question is - are there any tires that will be inexpensive, but at the same time will be of really high quality and provide optimal handling both off-road and on high-quality road surfaces? It turns out that there are such tires and we will talk about them in this short review.
So, we present to your attention Crosswind A / T - tires that will make your car more passable off-road and safer in everyday use.
The Crosswind tire range is a product of the Chinese company Shandong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd. Linglong Tire is the largest Asian tire manufacturer in the budget price segment. Crosswind A / T tires are manufactured on modern equipment using the most advanced technologies and high-quality materials.
Each production stage is automated to the maximum. Moreover, quality control has been introduced in production. That is why it is almost impossible to buy these tires with a manufacturing defect today. And maybe that's why the manufacturer gives a guarantee for 40 thousand miles of run.
So, judging by the manufacturer's statements, Crosswind A / T is a very high quality, durable and inexpensive SUV tire. It remains to be seen how good these tires are to use and if they are really good, then why not buy them instead of more expensive products from more famous brands.
About Crosswind A / T
Crosswind A / T is an off-road tire designed for all-season use. The "A / T" index indicates that it belongs to off-road tires, which stands for All Terrain. Indeed, this Crosswind model does a good job of driving over rough terrain and on public roads.
For good all-season passability, the tire has a tread with a strongly pronounced aggressive pattern, consisting of large blocks and deep grooves. A complex system of lateral and longitudinal tread grooves provides acceptable grip on the road surface. In addition, these grooves actively wick moisture away from the contact patch, thus minimizing the likelihood of aquaplaning.
The listed features make these tires truly safe. Due to the lack of aquaplaning, the tire is unlikely to fall into an uncontrollable skid. And thanks to its good grip, the Crosswind A / T demonstrates a short braking distance, which is important when driving off-road and just as important when driving on public roads.
- Model name: Crosswind A / T.
- Manufacturer: Linglong Tire.
- Country: PRC.
- Purpose of tires: universal tires for off-road vehicles.
- Seasonality: all-season / all-weather.
- Tire type: tubeless.
- Tread type: asymmetric non-directional.
- Tread height: 12.7 mm.
- Design features: a radial combined frame and reinforcement with metal belts are used.
- Maximum air pressure in the tire: from 290 to 350 kPa.
- Sidewall design: completely black; the black version with white letters.
Advantages and disadvantages
Crosswind A / T tires are distinguished by many advantages, we will list the most important ones that directly affect the operation of the car.
Acceptable off-road performance. The Crosswind A / T tires were originally designed as off-road tires, so it comes as no surprise that they have good cross-country ability.
Thanks to the pronounced tread, the tires confidently ride not only on soil and gravel embankments but also on the sand and even soggy mud.
Excellent wet handling. Crosswind A / T is an all-season tire and therefore provides excellent handling not only on dry but also on wet roads. This is due to a special tread pattern that effectively disperses water from the contact patch with the road to the sidewalls of the tire. As a result, the likelihood of aquaplaning and the threat of uncontrolled skidding on wet roads is minimized.
Optimal balance between on-road and off-road performance. It is no secret that tires with optimal off-road performance on asphalt roads usually do not have good handling. Conversely, what drives well on the road does not overcome off-road well. By designing the Crosswind A / T, the manufacturer has achieved the optimal combination of off-road handling and on-road handling. Therefore, the Crosswind A / T can be considered a truly versatile tire.
Self-cleaning tread function. When driving on gravel and mud, stones will sooner or later get into the tread. If the stones are not cleaned out promptly, they destroy more than elastic breaks of rubber in the depth of the tread grooves. Aware of this problem, the developers of Crosswind A / T have implemented a self-cleaning function in the tire design. The technology is simple but very effective. Due to the special relief of the grooves, the stones do not linger in the tread but are thrown outward using centrifugal force. Clean tread - durable tire!
Dynamic acceleration without slipping at the start. Most all-season tires are slightly stiffer than regular seasonal tires and therefore have less traction. The tread of Crosswind A / T tires, on the other hand, is elastic, and therefore the grip on the road is sufficient to start at high speeds without the wheels slipping. This is an important advantage if the SUV is used in city traffic, among other things.
Short braking distances. As previously stated, the Crosswind A / T provides excellent traction. Therefore, the braking distance of your car will be slightly shorter compared to other all-season tires. By the way, these tires have a shorter braking distance not only on dry but also on wet surfaces. This advantage ensures safety both when driving in city traffic and when driving on rough terrain.
The durability of operation. As already mentioned, the manufacturer's warranty for these tires is 40,000 miles. This once again proves that Crosswind A / T is reliable and durable. Reliability and durability are ensured by reinforced tire construction and high-quality manufacturing materials. Considering that, in combination with long service life, these tires are not too expensive, their choice seems to be a very practical, and therefore very attractive solution.
Are there any disadvantages?
Given that all all-weather tires are a compromise to some extent, the Crosswind A / T is not the best choice for extreme weather conditions. For example, if the heat melts asphalt, these tires, like most all-season tires, will soften, leading to more wear and tear. If the road is icy and the temperature is low, the tire may not provide the same excellent grip that studded winter tires can provide.
However, if you think about it, all this is not a disadvantage. Rather, it is a feature of the all-season rubber, which is what the Crosswind A / T tires are. Well, if you compare the disadvantages with the numerous advantages and, in addition, remember the affordable cost of these tires, you will inevitably think about the need to purchase.
And so that the disadvantages of all-season tires do not affect the operation in any way, we recommend using Crosswind A / T, like other tires from Linglong Tire, in the temperature range from 77 to 23 F. In this case, the running and performance characteristics of the tires are no worse than those of seasonal tires.