Both the tires are max-performance summer tires designed to provide excellent grip and a very optimized steering control, making them one of the most preferred tires in summer seasons.
Nokian Wetproof has a slightly higher contact patch making it good for dry areas with almost equally compatible performance on a wet track as well. However, its durability is low because of its low built quality and slightly higher rolling resistance.
T005 tires, on the other hand, possess a slightly higher void ratio with deeper sipes making the tire provide a higher aquaplaning resistance in rainy seasons. They also provide better wet traction because of more sipes with decent performance on dry surfaces as well. This tire is also considered more durable because of its better-built quality thereby providing higher mileage.
Nokian Wetproof possesses an asymmetrical design containing two ribs and one tread block column. The tire has one rib in the center while the other one is located alongside containing several diagonal interlocking sipes. It consists of lateral grooves on the tread column dividing it into separate blocks. It also consists of four large longitudinal grooves that are relatively shallower. The broad shoulders also possess lateral grooves along with the straight sipes.
T005 also possesses an asymmetrical tread design. The tire has three tread block columns with no rib. It consists of four circumferential grooves just like its counterpart which are faintly deeper. The lateral grooves cut the tread columns at certain angles dividing each column into separate blocks. The shoulders consist of several lateral grooves that are deep and are interconnected with the circumferential grooves.
Road Grip Comparison
Wetproof consists of a higher contact patch. The dry braking distance of the tire is 115 feet. This distance is minutely lower than its rival making the tire perform slightly better for dry grip. For wet conditions, due to the presence of slightly shallower sipes, its wet grip is a bit less than its competitor. The wet braking distance of the tire is 162 feet almost equal to that of its rival.
On the other side, T005 has a higher void ratio because of its lower contact patch in comparison. This makes the tire performance a bit behind its peer in terms of dry grip. Its dry braking distance is 116 feet marginally more than that of Wetproof. When it comes to wet grip, its performance is marginally ahead because of its deeper longitudinal grooves. The wet braking distance of the tire lies at 161 feet, slightly lower than its counterpart.
Handling Comparison of the tires
Design of shoulders decides the cornering or handling performance of the tire. The lateral grooves present on the bold shoulders are almost equal to its competitor enabling Wetproof to perform equally well just like its rival. Its dry handling speed is minutely lower than its peer for completing one lap. The wet handling performance of the tire is also slightly low besides having more sipes on the shoulders.
On the other hand, T005 consists of marginally wider grooves on the shoulders making its dry handling faintly better than its counterpart. Its average dry handling speed for completing one round is 59.5 mph.
The wet handling performance of the tire is also superior because of more deep grooves present on the shoulders than its competitor. It’s wet handling speed is 48 mph.
Comparison of Hydroplaning Resistance
Wetproof possesses a marginally low void ratio. This leads to slightly lower hydroplaning resistance of the tire. Also, the sipes are shallower in comparison making it face floating problems. Its average floating speed on a flooded road is 50.5 mph slightly lower than its peer, enhancing the chances of slippiness.
T005 possesses a slightly higher void ratio leading to high hydroplaning resistance. The average floating speed of the tire is 50.7 mph due to the presence of deeper grooves alongside marginally wider sipes allowing more water to wipe out of the tire, thereby decreasing the chances of slipping as well as any accident, compared to its peer.
Comparison of Rolling Resistance
The rolling resistance of the tire is dependent on its contact patch. Since Wetproof has a higher contact patch therefore it has higher friction with the road. More force is, therefore, required to overcome this friction. For this reason, it has a high rolling resistance when compared with its rival. The rolling resistance of this tire is 8. kg.t marginally more than that of its counterpart. The high rolling resistance leads to more consumption of fuel making it less fuel-efficient.
T005 possesses low rolling resistance due to its less contact with the ground. This, therefore, leads to low friction between the road and the tire, requiring less force to overcome this friction. It results in low rolling resistance. The value of rolling resistance is 7 kg.t. The low rolling resistance makes the vehicle consume less fuel, making it more economical in terms of fuel consumption.
Comfort and Noise Comparison
The narrow grooves (both lateral and longitudinal) present on Wetproof allow fewer molecules of air to be trapped inside them. This causes lower movement of the particles, making less sound. The noise produced when the tire moves at a high speed is 67 dB lower than its counterpart. The narrow grooves make it struggle a bit on an uneasy road than its peer.
The noise level generated by T005 on the other hand is marginally more than its rival when the tire experiences a high-speed ride. The relatively wider grooves allow more particles to settle down in between them, causing more movement in a back-and-forth direction thereby, producing more sound. The noise produced by this tire is 69 dB, higher when compared to its counterpart. However, wide grooves do allow it to perform relatively better on a bumpy road.
Durability and Treadwear Differences
Wetproof has a high rolling resistance because of its higher contact patch. This leads to more wearing of the tread when the tire moves forward. More wearing of the tread due to the slightly low quality of built-in material leads to a decrease in the durability of the tire. Less durability of the tire will lead to low mileage than its peer.
The low contact patch of T005 lessens the tread wearing. This is because less part of the tire makes contact with the road, therefore, decreasing the tread wearing. Moreover, its built quality is also better than its counterpart making the tire more durable. This higher durability causes the tire to have more mileage, prolonging its life.
Wetproof tires are slightly cheaper than its rival because of their low built quality decreasing their durability. Although the performance of both the tires is almost similar, high mileage and more durability makes T005 tire slightly more expensive than its competitor.
- Both the tires are high-performance summer tires.
- The dry grip of Wetproof is marginally better due to the low contact patch.
- T005 has a better-wet grip due to deeper grooves.
- T005 provides better dry cornering due to slightly wider grooves on the shoulders.
- The wet handling of T005 is also superior to its rival because of much deeper lateral shoulder grooves.
- The hydroplaning resistance of T005 is higher because of its comparatively higher void ratio.
- Wetproof is more comfortable for high-speed drives due to its low noise generation.
- T005 is more durable than its rival and provides higher mileage than its counterpart.
- Wetproof is slightly cheaper than its peer because of its relatively low built strength.