The revised V-shaped-tread design offers exceptional hydroplaning resistance by quickly evacuating water without sacrificing dry road handling or ride comfort. Those long strakes also enhance grip on slippery, snow-covered roads by filling and holding onto snow to capitalizing on snow-on-snow adhesion. Sounds counterintuitive, but trust us, it is better. We particularly dig the Visual Alignment Indicators (VAI), which help identify misalignment, and Replacement Tire Monitor Technology (RTM). The RTM reads "Replacement Tire Monitor" when new, but as the tire wears the indicator transforms to read "Replace Tire."