The Goodyear Eagle RS-A is a tire that can be used all year round and even mounted on pickup trucks, giving it an unusually wide versatility for UHP tires. This is due, above all, to the use of advanced technologies and materials in its construction. The rubber is perfectly adapted for year-round use. Such technical and operational characteristics have been achieved through the use of a number of structural features, typical for both summer and winter tires.
- Good traction on dry roads.
- Responsive steering.
- Low performance in winter.
- Insufficiently good grip on wet asphalt.
When developing this model, the company’s specialists favored an asymmetric tread. It has versatile capabilities, due to the fact that it provides those performance properties that frankly do not match each other. This was achieved by dividing the tread into several separate functional zones. Each of them improves a certain set of operational properties. At the same time, many of them are the same for the functional zones, which allows further improvement of technical characteristics. As a result, this model simultaneously demonstrates a high level of comfort, excellent longitudinal traction, and excellent cornering stability.
The asymmetric tread pattern, which consists of a large number of grooves, provides the tire with excellent traction on dry and wet roads, as well as on snowy roads. Blocks in the shoulder area ensure safe cornering at high speeds and also improve the tire’s performance on snow. Four wide grooves in the central tread zone in combination with numerous slots effectively and quickly drain water and slush from the contact patch, improving steerability on wet roads. The original rubber compound used provides excellent traction regardless of the ambient temperature, making the tire extremely durable.
The tires are equipped with conventional wear indicators (rubber rods) that help drivers monitor tread depth without the need for additional tools. And since the tread depth directly affects the performance of the tire, the presence of indicators is very important. The minimum safe tread depth is 2/32 inches. When the tires reach the same level as the indicators, it is best to replace the tire.
Driving on dry, wet, and snowy roads
The stylish design fully contributes to the real performance of this model. It gives motorists confidence while driving, as well as increasing its safety. Tires were created with a special rubber compound that quickly adapts to both negative and positive air temperatures.
Special stabilizing ribs contribute to improved directional stability of the car. Diverting channels create a drainage system of the tread, quickly removing excess water from under the wheels of the car, which minimizes the probability of hydroplaning on wet roads.
The possibility of using this model not only in summer, but also in winter is provided by features in the tread design, both in its design and in the physical and chemical properties of the compound from which it is made. The tread pattern contains a large number of blocks. However, a large proportion of the traction edges are formed not by these, but by the sipes cut into them. This greatly improves grip on snow and ice. The tread compound is characterized by the fact that more than half consists of silica. This component gives the tire elasticity and, at the same time, improved traction characteristics on winter roads.
Deep cuts that saturate the tread pattern contribute to higher traction and grip qualities on snowy road surfaces. Goodyear’s advanced 5 ribbed tread surface structure helps it adapt more quickly to changes in weather and road conditions.
Drivers noted that the tires do well in urban winters, but under more extreme conditions, their performance gets worse. In addition, buyers say that these are not bad tires for SUVs, they are great for drivers who often go out of town for picnics, hunting, fishing, and other things. They don’t have a fantastic ride, but they’re good enough for most drivers.