The Blizzak LM001 is Bridgestone’s Performance Winter / Snow tire designed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans looking to maintain their vehicle’s appearance, handling and mobility during the winter months by providing traction on cold, dry, wet and snow-covered roads.

The Blizzak LM001 features an advanced tread compound to enhance cold weather traction. This compound is molded into a directional design for improved evacuation of water and slush, aiding in confident grip and braking traction in cold, wet and wintry conditions. The Lamellen edge effect and 3D sipes improve winter traction without resorting to traditional metal studs. This allows Blizzak LM001 tires to combine winter traction with H-, V- or W-speed rated capability.

Blizzak LM001 winter tires meet the industry’s severe snow service requirements and are branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

To help drivers know when it’s time to replace their winter tires, Bridgestone molds Winter Wear Indicators (also known as Snow Platforms) into the Blizzak LM001’s main tread grooves to identify when winter traction will be reduced due to the tire’s tread wearing down to the point where the remaining depth becomes less effective at digging through snow, gripping icy roads or coping with slushy conditions.

Install Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 tires in sets of four only.

Due to the traction capabilities of the Blizzak LM001, Bridgestone recommends using Blizzak LM001 tires in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.

SIZEUTQGMAX.
LOAD
Max. Inflation PressureTread DepthTire WeightRim Width RangeMeas. Rim WidthSect. WidthTread WidthOverall Diam.Revs. Per Mile
205/55R16
94V
None1,477 lbs50 psi11/32"20 lbs5.5-7.5"6.5"8.4"6.7"24.9"837
205/55R16
94V
None1,477 lbs50 psi11/32"20 lbs5.5-7.5"6.5"8.4"6.7"24.9"837
225/50R17
98H
None1,653 lbs50 psi11/32"23 lbs6-8"7"9.2"7.6"25.9"804
235/45R17
97V
None1,609 lbs50 psi11/32"22 lbs7.5-9"8"9.3"7.6"25.4"822
245/45R17
99V
None1,709 lbs50 psi11/32"24 lbs7.5-9"8"9.6"7.9"25.7"812
225/40R18
92V
None1,389 lbs50 psi11/32"23 lbs7.5-9"8"9.1"7.5"25.1"831
225/45R18
95V
None1,521 lbs50 psi11/32"22 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.9"7.3"25.9"803
225/45R18
95V
None1,521 lbs50 psi11/32"22 lbs7-8.5"7.5"8.9"7.3"25.9"803
245/45R18
100V
None1,764 lbs50 psi11/32"25 lbs7.5-9"8"9.6"8"26.7"782
255/55R18
109H
None2,271 lbs50 psi10/32"31 lbs7-9"8"10.4"8.5"29"718

6 COMMENTS

  1. I drive frequently from the NYC area to northern VT in the winter, often in snowstorms. That sometimes means going 150 miles in the rain, 100 miles on black ice and 100 miles in snow. These tires are great in each condition. I drive a 2011 WRX and with these tires and AWD, I can confidently pass when the left lane is super sketchy, zoom up hills on mountain roads when other cars are fishtailing around and stuck sideways. Jay Peak got close to 500 inches of snow last winter. If you love skiing in powder, guess what? You got to drive in it too. The Blizzak LM001 tires are beasts for fast long distance driving in variable winter conditions. When you’re going 350 miles you can’t go 35 MPH all night – these tires will get you up to normal highway speeds in all manner of hairy conditions.

  2. I got a set of 235-45VR-17 Blizzak LM001s to replace a set of brand new 225-50HR-17 Pirelli Sottozero 3s. The Pirellis were, for me, a bad choice.My winter performance tire criteria is that the car be able to perform a quick lane change maneuver (like dodging a deer on a two lane road with oncoming traffic, with a swerve back) in the dry without a lot of squirming, tail wag, or drama. Why in the dry? Because that is where winter performance tires spend 90% of their time. Here in the mountains of Colorado I drive conservatively in the snow. For me, any winter performance tire performs light years better in the snow than any summer or all season performance tire. So for me, it is how the tire handles the remaining 90% of the time (where I drive spiritedly) that is important. And by handling, I primarily mean steering response: does the tire do what I tell it to do without a discernible time lag? Is it precise? Does it tail wag a time or two when I quit steering? Some survey responses may be made by drivers who define steering response some other way, and that’s fine. Using my definition under spirited steering input, here is how these two tires handle in the dry:Neither the LM001 nor the Sottozero 3 are quick tires. Neither have great steering response. The Blizzak is fair to good, the Sottozero 3 is poor. When I make a spirited steering input (not the sort that won’t spill the milk coming home from the store), the Sottozero 3s just sit there; then they begin to move. I can actually feel the car accelerate laterally, its that slow. When I turn back, the tire unwinds and deflects in the opposite direction. When I quit steering, the wheels rebound over the tire patch a couple of times producing a tail wag or two. Lots of drama. The LM001s are much better versus the Sottozero 3s. Not summer tire lightning quick, but much more precise, yielding but half a tail wag when I quit steering.OBTW, both are awesome – and I mean awesome – on snow and ice.

  3. I am a driver kind of guy who needs the the best tirs money can buy due to my spirited and aggressive driving style. I also live deep in the country where roads are seldon plowed. This set of snow tires has exceptional deep snow traction with its lateral tread blocks. Large space betewwn blocks gives a strong bite going up steep hills and tread pattern hold the car stright then wheels spin to power up hills. On a subaru these tires are almost unbeatable. On my cruze there great. Not the best iv seen but the good ones that this year of tires has to offer.

  4. This is my fourth set of Blizzaks I have purchased. All are different, and went on four different company cars. I cannot remember the alpha/numerics for the four different sets but each set had its own characteristics. The LM001 XL I have now must be a latest and greatest. I went to the dealership for the first oil change (5500 miles) and had the set put on. I left, drove about a dozen miles to my next stop and had to get out and look around the car to see if the tire guys actually put the Blizzaks on. I could not tell the difference between the manufacturer All Season OEMs and the Blizzaks. Always I have noticed differences in ride, squirm and especially noise when the Blizzaks went on. Not this time. These even look somewhat more All Season then the ones I have had before.I have only had a couple of snows. With the first, I tried the tires out on the unplowed side roads. It was slick in general and only an inch or so of snow on the ground. I pushed it to see the limits, starting normally, stopping normally, etc. On the unplowed side road I did not feel invincible. Wheel spin on take off, sliding a few feet further than I wanted on stopping. But I pushed a little. Shifting from lane to lane was not bad, turns either. The worked main roads and the interstate were smooth sailing and at normal speeds once I worked up to it with these first time tires. I need a little more snow experience with the tires to accurately judge. I go back to not feeling like I could get through anything as I have in the past with different Blizzaks. Perhaps the noise and feel I did not get this time is a tradeoff, I do not know. We will see as the winter progresses. I am glad I have them and I feel better with them on to face the weather doing my work travels. I know they must be better but I need to see it.

  5. After 9 winters the Michelin Pilot Alpins on my 330i zhp were no longer safe in the snow. I only put 5k miles a year on this car. I wanted a performance snow from Michelin but they don’t offer one in my size anymore. I went with the LM001 after doing some online research. I’m very happy so far. 95% of my winter driving is on dry or wet roads. Steering feel, noise, and ride comfort are more important than ultimate snow performance. These tires have excellent feel for a winter tire. My wife’s X1 has WS80’s. They are much softer and noiser. The LM001’s are a good match for a sport oriented BMW.

  6. Given the price and very strong recommendation from the salesperson, I expected more. Positives: VERY quiet operation at all speeds for a snow tire; comfortable, non-jarring ride, good cornering stability. Disappointing at this price point: Dry grip doesn’t come close to other performance snows I’ve tried (Sottozero and Dunlop SP Sport); grip on ice (acceleration, deceleration, lateral) not noticeably better than less expensive snow tires. At this price, I expected these to either excel at snow and ice traction, beyond other less expensive tires I’ve tried, and/or have amazing grip on snow and ice, they didn’t. I drive on snow and ice nearly every single day in winter up here in Vermont, so I get to try these in various conditions, temperatures, and try them out often. They work really well up to their limits, but the limits are low, particularly in the dry – exit ramps are no fun compared with other performance snows I tried.. I gave these time to wear in and tried lots of different tire pressures before my evaluation. For highway cruising though, these are competent, quiet and comfortable.

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