Bridgestone WeatherPeak Review: Is It Worth Buying?

dry
92%
wet
90%
snow
88%
comfort
90%
noise
85%
treadwear
90%
overall
89%

This is our detailed Bridgestone WeatherPeak review in 2024.

I’m a car enthusiast with a keen eye for quality. And I’ve tested these tires to see how they handle wet roads and snow. Do they work as well as promised? Or do they fail when the roads get slippery?

And I found the WeatherPeaks grip great in the rain and snow, and handle quite nicely. 

Keep reading this review to learn about the key features. And see how these tires performed in different conditions. 

We’ll also talk about noise, tread life, and value. This will help you decide if the Bridgestone WeatherPeak is the right tire for your vehicle.

Bridgestone WeatherPeak Overview

Do these tires deliver on Bridgestone’s promises of superior traction? 

Before we can delve into answering this question, we first have to examine the various features that make it a great all-season tire. 

TYPEGrand Touring All-Season
LOAD INDEX82 – 111
(1047 lbs – 2403 lbs)
SPEED RATING– H: Up to 130 mph
– V: UP to 149 mph
TREAD DEPTH10/32″
RIM DIAMETER15″ – 20″
WARRANTY70,000 Miles

Key Features

Tread Design: The WeatherPeak has an asymmetric tread pattern optimized for wet and winter traction. It uses independent shoulder blocks, 3D intermediate sipes, and a continuous center rib. This provides a balance between dry handling, wet/snow grip, and stability.

Advanced Rubber Compound: Bridgestone’s NanoPro-Tech polymer compound adds silica for wet traction and winter grip. It stays flexible in cold temperatures for snow/ice adhesion.

Cooling Fin Technology: Small fins between the tread blocks dissipate heat to resist irregular wear. This enhances high-speed stability and longevity.

Circumferential Grooves: Four wide main grooves channel water away to prevent hydroplaning. They extend the full tread depth for rapid water evacuation.

Enhanced Siping: Complex sipes and biting edges across the tread improve road contact, traction, and block stiffness. Zig-zag sipes flex and maintain grip.

Severe Snow Service Rated: The 3-peak mountain snowflake symbol indicates that WeatherPeak meets Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for traction in harsh winter conditions.

Performances

The Bridgestone Weatherpeak tire delivers impressive performance in various road conditions. Here is how it performs in different aspects:

Dry Performance

The WeatherPeak is responsive and provides grippy handling on dry roads. It was almost like riding on actual summer tires, if not for some slight sticky feel when it’s really hot. 

I found the steering input to be quite precise and with minimal wandering. And thanks to the stiff sidewalls and asymmetric tread, my Toyota Prius Prime was quite neat around the corners. 

Braking distances are short in dry-stopping tests.

Wet Performance

It’s often been said that all-season tires are not ordinarily what the name suggests. At least in regions that experience true seasonal variations. 

Well, I found out that Weatherpeak is not your typical all-season tire. 

These Bridgestone grip better than most of the dozens of other all-season tires we have tested, thanks to its open shoulder slots.

WeatherPeak’s water-clearing properties shine through to provide good hydroplaning resistance. You see, the zigzag sipes help the rubber flex over wet pavement without getting stiff. 

These open and close depending on how hard you turn or brake.

And since the sipes go all the way down, they create mega suction to drain water out from under the tires. Any leftover water gets sucked out by the sipes. 

WeatherPeak’s four evenly spaced grooves move water away quickly so you can stomp the pedal in puddles without losing traction. 

It’s these grooves that link up with notches on the sides of the tire to flush water out of the tire fast. And because the rubber is soft and flexible, it makes a ton of suction to flush the water away in a jiffy. 

In short, the tire design allows it to act like a pump. It suctions water from underneath and pumps it out for good road grip. 

Winter/Snow Performance

The rising of the garage door reveals tonnes of snowfall on the driveway. One thing comes to mind – backbreaking shoveling. Then, the second thought is on the new all-weather tires. Will they fail like the last set? 

Well, it turns out WeatherPeak is no slouch when it comes to plowing through winter slop. That’s why it’s got the 3-peak snowflake badge and the M+S stamp of approval.

After clearing some of the snow dumps from the driveway, I backed up the Prius onto the main pavement. It didn’t hesitate. Even though these are not true winter tires, they exude some confidence in deep snow. 

And as I drove down the street, I came across a snowbank several feet high. A plow had been around the main roads and had blocked my exit.

Often, I’d plow through it, maybe skid a bit, and get to the other side laboriously. But this time, something was different. 

I carefully drove into the snowbank and stopped. A foot on the throttle was all it took for the WeatherPeaks to find some traction. I was impressed! 

Bridgestone has finally set the bar too high for all-season tires with WeatherPeak. 

On inspection, the tread has a ton of space that scoops up snow like a shovel. 

This lets snow fill the grooves, so you get snow-on-snow traction, which sticks better than just rubber on ice.

Plus, all those little sipes help bite into packed snow and ice instead of just sliding over it like a dog on a wood floor.

The rubber (thanks to advanced rubber compound) stays flexible when it’s cold, and doesn’t turn hard in freezing temps. This gives the tread lots of wiggle room to adapt to slippery surfaces.

So while the WeatherPeak may not grind snow like a Zamboni, it’s got the chops to conquer crusty roads when Old Man Winter starts nipping at your nose. 

In packed snow, the WeatherPeak grips well for an all-season tire. Deep snow traction is enhanced by the tread design to scoop and pack snow. Light snow handling is confident, with some understeer at the limit. Braking is stable on snowy surfaces.

Noise & Comfort

Rolling on these WeatherPeaks, you’ll notice a humming sound that gets loudest around 25 mph. It’s still there at highway speeds but blended into the wind and road noise. 

Is the hum unbearable? Nah, but if you want whisper-silent tires, look elsewhere. There’s some noise compromise with the WeatherPeak’s tread design. Probably. 

When the road gets wet, the hum gets a tad louder. Probably has something to do with the water interacting with the tread pattern. Well, we can’t always get the best of both worlds. 

Other all-season tires we’ve tested are quieter, especially in summer heat. You’ll notice some sound in tight corners. 

So, is it something to worry about? 

Well, in most cases, you’ll have your AC humming, your music playing, and your windows up. That means you’ll probably not notice any of this road noise. 

So while it may struggle to provide library-quiet cruising, the WeatherPeak’s hum isn’t a deal breaker. You can live with the moderately louder drone in exchange for the improved rain and snow traction. A small price to pay for extra grip when roads get slick.

Treadwear & Longevity

Drivers report achieving around 50,000 miles on a set. The tires resist irregular wear thanks to CoolFin tech. Rotations help maximize lifespan. 

The 70,000-mile treadwear warranty indicates long-term durability.

The WeatherPeak is considered a “mid-range” touring tire, meaning it falls somewhere in the middle of Bridgestone’s lineup. Prices range from around $166.99 to $266.99 per tire, depending on size.

Compared to budget tires that can start around $65 per tire, the WeatherPeak costs almost twice as much. However, you’re getting significantly better wet/winter traction, ride comfort, and longevity.

The WeatherPeak is competitively priced with other mid-tier touring all-season tires from brands like Michelin, Continental, Goodyear, and Pirelli. Expect to pay 10-20% more than a basic highway all-season tire.

While real high-end touring tires can run $200+ per tire, the WeatherPeak offers around 80% of that performance for 75% of the price. It’s a great balance of value and capabilities.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Excellent wet weather traction and hydroplaning resistance
  • Confident light snow handling for an all-season tire
  • Responsive dry handling and braking
  • Comfortable highway ride quality
  • Durable tread compound and long tread life

Cons

  • Higher cost than standard all-seasons
  • Some minor tread noise, especially on wet roads
  • Not a full winter tire replacement

Alternatives

While the Bridgestone WeatherPeak tires certainly offer impressive wet and winter traction, it’s essential to explore some alternative options to determine which tire best suits your specific needs. Here are some alternatives to consider:

Michelin CrossClimate 2

This tire is also a 3PMSF certified all-season tire. It offers excellent performance in dry, wet, and snowy conditions. Its V-shaped tread pattern can handle water and slush and can adapt to temperature changes. It also has a long tread life and a low rolling resistance for improved fuel efficiency. Compared to the Bridgestone Weatherpeak, the CrossClimate 2 may have a slight edge in snow and ice traction. But it may also be more expensive and less comfortable.

Pirelli P7 AS Plus 3

This tire is an all-season touring tire. It provides a smooth and quiet ride, as well as good handling and braking in dry and wet conditions. It has a silica-enhanced compound that resists wear and improves grip. And its four wide circumferential grooves prevent hydroplaning. It also has a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is the same as the Bridgestone Weatherpeak tire. But the Pirelli P7 AS Plus 3 is not 3PMSF certified. This means it may not perform well in severe winter conditions.

BFGoodrich Advantage Control

This tire is another 3PMSF certified all-season tire. It has a symmetrical tread design with interlocking sipes and wide lateral grooves. This unique design enhances traction and stability on dry, wet, and snowy roads. It also lasts for a long time and has a 75,000-mile warranty, slightly more than Bridgestone WeatherPeak. But it might not be as comfy or quiet and could have a higher rolling resistance.

These are other options instead of Bridgestone WeatherPeak. They each have their own good and bad points. So, compare them carefully and choose the one that’s best for your car and how you drive.

Conclusion

In our experience, the Bridgestone WeatherPeak tires grip better on wet roads than normal all-season tires. They also handle light snow really well.

These tires handle sharply but still ride smoothly. And while these cost more than basic all-seasons, you get premium performance for the price.

So, if you want maximum traction in rain or snow, the WeatherPeak tires are an excellent choice. They aren’t full winter tires. But they grab snow much better than regular all-seasons.

For drivers where it rains a lot, or you get some winter snow, the Bridgestone WeatherPeak is a great tire to consider. It works well year-round.

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Joel Allen

Joel is a passionate car enthusiast. He spends most of his time in the garage, not necessarily to fix things, but because it's where he feels most at ease; it's his sanctuary.
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