OBSERVE G3-ICE is Toyo's new studded tire. Suitable for both passenger cars and SUVs.
It is designed for optimal traction and braking on ice and snow. The stable performance of the tire throughout its life makes it ideal for use in extreme winter conditions.
Improved stud distribution, combined with Toyo's unique Microbit technology (natural micro-studs - walnut shell particles in the tread compound) provides superior traction and braking performance in the harshest winter conditions.
In addition to reliable grip on snow and ice, the OBSERVE G3-ICE tire also provides a high level of comfort.
The Toyo Observe Garit G3-Ice winter studded tire is one of the novelties of the Japanese tire giant, presented ahead of the new winter season. Compared to the previous model, the new tire offers a better grip on any winter surface. Like most competitors, this model features a V-shaped symmetrical directional tread pattern for superior performance.
Like any car tires from various manufacturers, Toyo Observe G3-Ice has its positive and negative sides.
- Good grip on ice and snow.
- High security.
- The tires are snow-stable and well-controlled.
- Virtually silent.
- High resistance to aquaplaning
Of the minuses, it is worth noting only low wear resistance.
Features of the tread pattern
Japanese tire workers preferred to use, perhaps, the most "classic" tread pattern with a V-shaped arrangement of elements. Their choice is logical and understandable, given the specifics of the application of this model. Despite the widespread use of the V-shaped tread pattern, the Japanese managed to apply several interesting technical solutions in its structure, which ensured the tire's high competitiveness.
First of all, it is necessary to note the clear division of the tread into the central part and the shoulder zones. Each of these building blocks performs a strictly defined range of tasks, thereby providing the required level of functionality. The central part of the tread is characterized by the location of the tread blocks at a significant angle relative to the direction of travel. In combination with the large dimensions of the blocks themselves, this made it possible to significantly increase directional stability, as well as reduce rolling resistance.
The shoulder areas of the tread also consist of a plurality of individual blocks, which are located at an almost right angle concerning the direction of travel. This arrangement is due to the desire to provide the tire with maximum efficiency during braking since it is this part of the tread in this mode that has the maximum pressure.
Excellent grip on ice
The Toyo Observe Garit G3-Ice features excellent ice grip thanks to studs and a large number of self-locking sipes. Compared to its predecessor, the novelty has an increased number of steel spikes that form 9 rows during movement. This made it possible to provide reliable adhesion to the icy surface. In this case, the "underwater" part of the spikes has the shape of a five-pointed star, thanks to which it was possible to provide a more reliable fixation with the protector.
Another important component in providing traction on ice is the S-shaped sipes, which are located in a huge number on each of the tread elements. At the moment of contact with the roadway, each of these sipes opens, forming an additional edge of adhesion to the road. At the same time, the S-shaped shape of the walls allows them to be tightly fixed to each other, thereby ensuring the high rigidity of the tread blocks. As a result, the tire is characterized by fast and precise reactions on any type of surface.
Also, it should be noted about the proprietary rubber compound for winter tires from this manufacturer. As with other models, the Toyo Observe Garit G3-Ice tread compound contains crushed walnut shells. As it travels, it forms countless additional grip edges to ensure reliable performance on the ice.
Key features of Toyo Observe Garit G3-Ice
- thanks to the optimized tread pattern, the tire has excellent grip on any type of winter surface;
- an innovative rubber compound with silicon-containing components, silica, and polymers provides excellent adhesion characteristics on an icy surface, excellent elasticity at low temperatures, as well as increased resistance to high-temperature effects;
- excellent directional stability in all conditions, thanks to the V-shaped structure.
Features and Benefits
- Improved spike distribution
The number of rows of spikes has been increased to 20.
The improved distribution of the studs over the tire surface provides excellent performance on ice and also reduces noise levels.
- Microbit technology
The crushed walnut shells are added to the rubber compound. Nutshell microparticles dig into the hard ice surface for extra grip. Natural material, environmentally friendly.
- Softer tread compound
The softer compound of the tread compound retains its properties at low temperatures, while the grip properties of the studs do not deteriorate.
- Star-shaped edging for cleat hole
Edge effect on snow and ice for added traction
- Special shoulder lug
Improves grip on snow
- Serrated tread block edges
Provides improved handling on ice and snow
The tire fully complies with the latest requirements of the Scandinavian Tire and Rim Manufacturers Organization (STRO), according to which, from July 1, 2013, the number of studs must not exceed 50 pcs / m2.