It won't be long before 2022 gives way to 2023. For those in the northern latitudes, that means your daily commute will soon become snowy and slippery. And that means it's time to start thinking about the best tyres to keep you on the road instead of stuck in a ditch next to it.

For that, we turn to our friend Jonathan Benson at Tyre Reviews for a look a seven winter tyres designed for extreme snow/ice conditions. Moreover, these are studless winter tyres because studs aren't allowed in many locations. As per usual, the testing is extremely thorough with evaluations on snow, ice, wet roads, and dry conditions. Handling and braking performance is considered, and to give the results a bit more context, a leading studded snow tyre and a moderate winter tyre are tossed in for good measure.

The tyres used in the test include the Continental VikingContact 7, Cooper Weathermaster S100, Federal Himalaya ICEO, Michelin X-Ice Snow, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5, Pirelli Ice Zero FR, and the Yokohama Iceguard IG53. The reference tyres are the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 with studs, and the Continental WinterContact TS870, a studless winter tyre not specifically designed for ice.

The general takeaway from the test is that all the brands handle snow and ice well, but some certainly do the job better than others. On rough ice, the Federal was the slowest while the Continental delivered the fastest time. However, Benson noted that the Continental was more prone to sudden loss of grip, leading him to prefer the Michelin for overall grip and confidence. Surprisingly, on rough ice (yes, Benson tests on multiple ice surfaces) the studded tyre had a similar performance to the studless. On smoother ice, however, nothing compares to tyres with studs.

In snow, all the tyres were very similar in performance. The top four tyres had results within one percent of each other, but the Nokian was the fastest of the bunch. Yokohama tyres yielded the slowest results, but we're talking about a difference of approximately three seconds from worst to first. And as we've seen in previous tests, snow tyres vastly outperform all-season tyres.

The video walks us step-by-step through the comprehensive testing procedures, which even includes wet performance in cold temperatures to simulate a winter day just above the freezing point. There are too many details for us to mention here, but Benson highlights the Nokian, Continental, and Michelin brands as being top choices. Check out the video and for a thorough rundown of all the categories and results.