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Buyer’s Guide: Cooper Winter Tires

Your Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Cooper Winter Tires

Cooper winter tires are designed with the highest quality standards for safety in winter’s toughest road conditions. They can handle Midwest snow, Great Plains ice storms, Rocky Mountain blizzards, and any condition in between.

Cooper winter tires can transform your vehicle’s wintertime performance and help you level the playing field during the most hazardous driving season.

We carry the full line of Cooper winter tires, including the Discover Snow Claw, Evolution Winter, and Discoverer True North, to give our customers the confidence they need in winter driving. Here’s a guide to help you decide which Cooper tire best fits your vehicle and winter driving circumstances.

Best Cooper Winter Tires 

Cooper Discoverer True North

If you’re looking for a “Jack of all trades” winter tire, the Discoverer True North could be the beginning and end of your search. It features an asymmetric tread design with contrasting outboard and inboard characteristics. The outboard tread’s wide circumferential grooves evacuate slush and water to keep the tire in touch with the road surface, while the inboard tread maximizes the tire contact patch for ice traction.

Cooper’s Snow Groove Technology utilizes winter’s natural traction advantages by trapping snow in the tire tread to create snow-on-snow traction. Snow “caked” in the tire tread adheres to snow on the road surface, promoting enhanced traction and handling.

High-density sipes across the entire tire tread boost traction in wet winter road conditions and snow and ice.

Indeed, the True North cuts through deep or shallow snow, fresh or impacted. It feels sure-footed in a straight line, driving and setting off from a stop. Any slides or traction loss, whether at the front or rear wheels, can’t be detected.

When you’re not battling wintry road conditions, the True North doesn’t require you to sacrifice comfort and cabin quiet for its specialized winter performance.

Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw

Designed for and tested in some of the harshest winter conditions in the world, the Discoverer Snow Claw takes on the look of a tough all-terrain tire that’s designed for deep snow and bitter cold. With prominent tread blocks and tread depths up to 17/32-inches, it resembles some of the well-known all-terrain tires in the Cooper lineup.

Like the Discoverer True North, the Discoverer Snow Claw also features Cooper’s Snow Groove Technology for maximum snow-on-snow traction, plus high-density sipes.

The Discoverer Snow Claw adds extra “claws” for every traction advantage in deep snow. And when deep snow becomes hard-packed or bitter cold leads to iced-over roads, the Discoverer Snow Claw is studdable.

Alongside its deep snow performance credentials, the Discoverer Snow Claw can be a real day-to-day winter workhorse. It is likely equal to or better than your vehicle’s factory tires and can haul or tow almost anything you’d like across frozen tundra. Overall, the Snow Claw is one legit hardcore winter tire, and it looks the part, too.

Cooper Evolution Winter

If the plow and salt trucks don’t come your way with great predictability or frequency, and you need to clear a path for your daily commute, the Evolution Winter is your type of winter tire. Its symmetric tread design and purposeful saw tooth circumferential center rib would clear the way and forge a path through deep snow where plow trucks have not.

The Evolution Winter rounds out its design features with multi-angle sipes, Snow Groove Technology, and strategically placed stud pin holes. 

In exchange for the added aggressive traction capabilities in deep snow, the Evolution 

Winter isn’t quite as quiet and comfortable as the Discoverer True North, and it doesn’t manage dry and wet winter roads with equal competence either. But if you seldom see pavement through the winter months, then these minor performance disadvantages probably won’t matter much.

Cooper doesn’t make tires for cars – they make tires for people. Cooper tires help you go to all the places you want and do everything you need to do.

Why Choose Cooper Winter Tires?

There are hundreds of tire brands currently on the market, so what are the highlights that make Cooper winter tires different and worth trusting other brands?

  • They excel in the toughest Nordic weather tests: All Cooper winter tires are severely snow-rated and bear by the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol. This symbol indicates they have met the rigorous winter driving standards in the ASTM F1805 driving traction test. To qualify for the 3PMSF symbol, tires must perform at greater than 110% of the traction of a reference all-season tire.
  • Great warranty coverage: Cooper offers both standard and premium limited warranties, with select products backed by a 45-day road test or mileage warranty to give drivers greater peace of mind.
  • Studdable winter tires: Cooper winter tires are the perfect fit if you live up north and you’re seeking studs. Tough enough to dig into the pavement, studs provide unrivalled traction in heavy ice and snow. They also feature modern cushion designs to quell road noise, so you can enjoy their top-notch performance without compromising comfort.
  • Excellent performance-to-price ratio: Reasonable price without sacrificing quality and performance is one of the advantages worth considering of Cooper winter tires. the brand 


Whether Discoverer True North, Discoverer Snow Claw, or Discoverer Evolution Winter, American-made Cooper winter tires are your ticket to enhanced winter driving performance, control, and confidence.

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