I used to own the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires on my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. They came stock on the vehicle. I have been impressed for most part with higher-end Bridgestone tires, such as the Potenza line of tires. Therefore, when I first started using the Duelers, I thought they would be good tires... But it's interesting how terrible the tires were, and how terrible they made my SUV handle in wet and snowy conditions.
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Here's a little background on the tires... The Bridgestone Dueler H/T come stock on many different SUV's... They are all-season tires, so that means that they can technically be used in any season, but of course there will be compromises.
Here's what you should know about the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires...
The Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires are $109.00/each on TireRack.com (for my particular size, they do sell for around ~$86 at cheapest). Therefore, if you purchase a set of four tires, they will cost you $436.00. They are nearing the lower-end of the spectrum, where the cheapest tires (from General & Kumho) are around ~$90, while the more expensive tires are from Goodyear, Michelin, and Pirelli up in the $140+ range.
For what the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires offer, they not only are not worth the $109.00, but if you live in an area where it snows, and do not have dedicated winter tires, you should get rid of these as fast as you can.
The Bridgestone Dueler H/T have absolutely terrible tread life and overall performance in the snow. In the comparable price range, and may I add lower price range, there are far better tires. I ended up replacing the Bridgestone Dueler H/T at ~32,000 miles with the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S ($98.00/each) and Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow ($114.00/each) for warm weather and winter weather respectively. Before getting the Pirellis, I used the Bridgestone Dueler H/T in the snow.
The Bridgestone Dueler H/T are clearly blown away by the cheaper Yokohamas in terms of performance and quality in dry conditions. Also, I can not compare the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires to the Pirellis since the Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow tires are winter-only, and are not all-season tires. Nonetheless, I would trust the Yokohamas in wintry weather whenever Chicago throws a curve ball and get caught without winter tires on.
Overall, in regards to price. The Bridgestone Dueler H/T aren't very expensive, but aren't the cheapest tires either. Would I recommend buying them? No. I would go as far as to say that if you will encounter any wintry conditions without winter tires, I would mothball these tires as fast you can.
*DRY CONDITIONS* - I really can't complain about the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires in dry conditions. First let me say that I am not a very aggressive driver. I would characterize my driving habits as being "regular." Thus, I would like to add that I have never broken traction with these tires. They have held their grip throughout their life. Therefore, I found that when it comes to dry conditions, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T handle as they are designed to, and have absolutely no problems. When it comes to more spirited drivers, I do not know how the tires would handle. But overall, for most drivers, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T should provide sufficient performance when it comes to dry weather driving.
*WET CONDITIONS* - This is the area where the Bridgestone Dueler H/T had a difficult time. They were OK in wet weather. With careful driving, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T held their grip. When I pulled sharper turns, the car would skid a little bit. I also used four-wheel-drive when conditions were bad. Ultimately, since I was not pushing the car hard in wet weather, I do not know how much more the tires could've taken.
*WINTRY CONDITIONS* - I will never understand how Bridgestone managed to classify these tires as being ALL-SEASON tires. They were absolutely terrible in the snow. The tires would continously lose traction. I would lose traction even at the slowest possible speeds. I have had the ABS go off at under 10mph, and my car would be all over the street. I would also hit small bits of slush and the front of the car would start veering from side to side. I had so many near misses that I got rid of the tires once and for all...
Since Chicago sometimes can throw a winter storm here and there in the most unlikely times, I managed to go through snow with the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S tires. They performed very well without losing any traction. The Pirellis also never had any issues in the snow, but they are winter tires... But nonetheless, this comes to show that when it comes to driving in snow, there are tires that perform significantly better than the Bridgestone Dueler H/T, considering that tires like the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S tires are also all-season tires.
So to summarize performance in wintry conditions, not only are the Bridgestone Dueler H/T absolutely terrible, but I would also classify them as being dangerous. I will never drive, let alone ride in, an SUV that has Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires in the winter. I have had too many near misses, and the tires would break traction at ridiculously low speeds. This is unacceptable. This is even more unacceptable considering that these tires are all-season tires...
My advice is... If you're using the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires, and live in an area that experiences snow, there's three options.
A. Keep the Bridgestone Dueler H/T on your vehicle and hope that you won't crash the car due to a loss of traction in the snow.
B. Get rid of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires all-together, and opt for better quality all-season tires, such as the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S tires or other comparable tires.
C. Keep the Bridgestone Dueler H/T for dry and warm seasons, and use winter tires during the winter. While this may initially seem expensive, winter tires are like "insurance" when driving in wintry conditions, and they will also lower wear and tear on tires for the regular driving season.
Overall, I have been extremely disappointed with the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires when it came to wintry conditions. If you are looking to purchase new tires and will be using all-season tires during the winter, please skip on these.
I have never had a tire blow-out, and have never had the tires punctured. But, the tires only lasted around ~32,000. The warranty covers them for up to 60,000 miles, and the tread was dangerously low even before 30,000 miles. The tread pattern on the farthest extremity of tires was completely worn out on the front tires. This, as I was told, was the cause of poor winter performance. Well, they were pretty bad in the winter when I had them as brand new tires. But the poor tread wear wasn't helping the situation.
The tires wore out way too quickly, and this also prompted me to not replace the Bridgestone Dueler H/T with additional Duelers. If you're looking for a tire that will last you a long time, I would look elsewhere.
-Other Things to Consider-
If you like taking your SUV off-roading, you might want to see if the tires you use are up for the challenge. I never took the Bridgestone Dueler H/T off-road, and with the kind of winter performance they had, I would be hesitant to take them off-road.
I would also like to reiterate the fact that if you live within the snow-belt, you should just consider using two sets of tires. I experienced everything from mild to extreme winter conditions with the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires, and even if I used better quality all-season tires such as the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S tires during the winter season, a dedicated winter tire gives better all-around performance.
Secondly, I had the misconception that just because I had an SUV, that I would instantaneously be getting far improved winter performance. What's the key to good winter performance??? Tires... Tires... Tires... Remember, your tires are the only thing touching the ground. It doesn't even matter whether you're using a luxury SUV with bells & whistles on top of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires. Even if you have traction control, your tires can still lose traction, and your prized SUV will be in the ditch. I can honestly say that a sedan with winter tires would be far safer than the SUV with tires like the Bridgestone Dueler H/T. Therefore, before you go off thinking that your SUV will rock the road in the worst of conditions, make sure you actually have good tires for it. Otherwise, you may end up in a ditch like many SUV's do.
While the Bridgestone Dueler H/T offer satisfactory performance in warm and dry conditions, they are absolutely horrendous when it comes to winter driving. I do not understand how Bridgestone managed to rate these as all-season tires. They definitely will not handle effectively in the winter. Therefore, if you drive in an area with a warm climate and like Bridgestone, the Bridgestone Dueler H/T should be okay if you can put up with the poor tread life. If you live somewhere with snow, either switch to dedicated winter tires in the winter, or drop the Bridgestone Dueler H/T completely. They do not seem like long-lasting tires either, where I had to replace mine within half of the warranty period of 60,000 miles. For the money, you can buy much better tires for even less than these. I would not recommend buying them, and I would go as far as to recommend replacing them as soon as possible with better tires, especially if you may encounter snow.
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