Hello and welcome to my Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S review.
Falken is one tire manufacturer whose products are worth every penny and recommended by experts around the world. If you happen to be an automobile enthusiast like me, you have probably heard about Falken and how they use technology to enhance the tires and thus the experience of the people using them.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S is no different. It is a phenomenal tire which is available in multiple sizes and fits almost all the sedans, vans and crossovers. Recently, a gentleman brought in his Honda Accord which had a pair of Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S fitted as front tires which gave me an opportunity to study, experience and review them.
Falken has been selling Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S as a high performing, high durable tire with an ability to run smoothly on any kind of surface. First look at the tire and you will realize that this tire has everything that it needs to run on a dry road, maintain traction on a wet road and even cut through icy spikes on the sides during the extreme winters.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S has 4 strips running around its circumference and each one of them different from the other. However, all the strips work together when the tire is in motion to provide the traction and the control that a driver needs while on busy roads. The asymmetrical nature and arrangement of the strips also ensure that the skid is minimized and the tire throws the water away from itself in the most efficient way.
Also, another impressive feature in the structure is its outermost strip that cuts through the snow and ice efficiently when needed and otherwise sticks together in the dry conditions improving the performance. Having said that, I am not sure about the life of the tire since the potential customer will be using it adverse climatic conditions which can really impact the material and the design.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S are anything but cheap. However, given the fact that they are highly durable and can be used in all seasons ensures a high return on investment. While they are a bit costly, they are still not as costly as several other competitors available in the market that provide a similar performance. I would recommend this tire to anyone who is looking for a ‘somewhat’ premium set of tires that can be used in any season and on any kind of a road while compromising with a little on the life. However, the compromise is only made if you drive several miles in adverse climate conditions. Other than this there is no downside to buying a set of Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S for your sedan or crossover.
Falken calls their Ziex ZE950 A/S as a tire that can withstand any driving condition; but, I am not the one who trusts a company just because they say it. This is why I waited to get my hands on a ride fitted with these tires before writing this Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S review. Personally, I have recommended Falken to a lot of clients because of their performance but if you are an automobile fanatic, you will understand that every tire is different and therefore even if they are from the same company, they might not have the same performance. Anyway, I took the liberty of taking the customer’s accord around the city and check for myself how the tires behave on different road conditions.
I would be honest, this tire is made to glide and slide through ice and this is one reason why I wasn’t expecting much from the Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S on dry roads. But to my surprise, the tire was smooth on the dry roads. It kept hold of the road and not for once did I feel them skidding or slipping. The traction, smoothness and control were totally in place.
As I entered a wet road in the city, I was not looking for a better traction as Falken is known for its high tech engineering that pushes the water away from the tire. A few meters on the water and I was confident that like other Falken tires, this one too stands out on the wet roads. You would be able to feel a good amount of control while driving on wet roads which make it one of the best tires for people who live in regions where it rains a lot.
These tires love cutting through the snow. They boast of a sculptured groove wall which ensures that the tire cuts through the ice and the snow and sticks to the ground as it should. I limited the test on snow since I did not mean to ruin the tires but at the same I drove it enough to say that these babies belong to the snowy roads.
Comfort and Noise
Irrespective of the road and riding conditions, you can expect the Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S tires to be comfortable and under control. They do not skid or make you feel uncomfortable. But, the noise in some cases can be a big turn off. Especially during the dry conditions; these tires are definitely anything but silent. Having said that, it is bearable and can be accommodated.
Wear and Tear
While I totally believe that these tires will suffer a good amount of wear and tear in a short period of time but given the durability and thoughtful engineering that they carry, I would not worry about the wear and tear very much.
The Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S is an amazing tire. It is an all-round performer. It provides high amount of traction and grip and ensures maximum comfort. These tires are perfect for any sedan and if you can live with a little bit of wear, noise and short life, this is going to be the best investment you will make on your sedan. I would recommend getting a tire insurance to make the deal a little less headache for yourself.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this review of Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.