Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is a winter tyre for cars and SUVs. Designed to provide high levels of safety and reliability in harsh winter weather, it offers drivers control, confidence and peace of mind when driving conditions are at their worst.
A pioneer of the studless winter tyre, Bridgestone introduced the Blizzak range more than twenty years ago. Ever since, it has been a firm favourite of drivers living in climates with difficult winter conditions.
The Blizzak WS80 features Bridgestone's cutting edge Multi-Cell Compound. It allows the tyre to provide reliable handling and excellent grip on snow, ice and slush.
Firstly, this advanced compound works at a molecular level to keep the tyre flexible at very low temperatures. This means it continues to adapt to the shape of the road, thus providing maximum traction in cold conditions.
Secondly, Bridgestone has added bite particles to the Blizzak WS80's compound. They act as microscopic studs, meaning they help the tyre bite into snow and ice and consequently improve braking performance.
Finally, a hydrophilic coating helps to further reduce the risk of slipping. When driving on ice, the pressure can create water, which leads to increased slippage. The special coating on the Blizzak WS80 attracts water, drawing it away from the road surface and into the grooves and voids in its tread pattern to combat slippage.
At the same time, the Blizzak WS80's tread design has been optimised to provide the best possible winter performance.
The pattern features deep circumferential and lateral grooves, in addition to an increased number of block edges. These voids in the design help to effectively channel snow, slush and water away from the tyre's contact area, enhancing grip and control.
Moreover, 3D zig-zag sipes ensure lateral stability on snow, ice and wet roads by controlling block stiffness. These clever sipes are positioned in a way that prevents tread blocks from flexing too much, which not only increases stability, but also improves wear.
Furthermore, Bridgestone's engineers have artificially roughened the surface of the tread. This Micro-Texture Technology ensures higher levels of safety because it further strengthens grip and consequently shortens braking distances.
In addition to all of this, the Blizzak WS80 has an optimised footprint. It evens out the distribution of contact pressure, which ensures better stability and control. This then enhances handling performance in both wet and dry conditions.
Branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol, the Blizzak WWS80 meets the required performance criteria to be deemed appropriate for use in severe snow.
When the Blizzak WS80 is 50% worn, a tread depth indicator alerts the driver that only 10% of the remaining tread is the Multi-Cell Compound.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Features
- High level of steering accuracy
- Excellent grip on ice and snow
- True Nordic performance for extreme winter conditions
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Tests & Reviews
Bridgestone's legendary Blizzak range has been popular for many years and the Blizzak WS80 is an excellent winter tyre choice.
Customers have described it as offering a brilliant balance between price and performance. It provides a reassuring resistance to aquaplaning, shorter braking distances and excellent handling on snow and ice. In all, the Blizzak WS80 is an real all-rounder, providing a comfortable, quiet ride as well as performance and safety.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Images
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 Sizes
The WS80 is available in a wide range of sizes, for rim diameters of 15" to 18" and speed ratings H and T.
If you're interested in the Blizzak WS80, head over to our Bridgestone brand page to discover the company's other popular tread patterns.