Falken Ziex ZE950 Review
Falken set out to build a better all-season tire and didn’t let convention stand in their way with the creation of the Ziex ZE950 tire.
- Wet weather braking
- Long life
- Massive selection of sizes with over 100 fitments
- Surprisingly good winter traction
- Cornering turn-in responsiveness could be improved
- Tread life on some versions is quite short
The tire makes use of Falken’s Dynamic Range Technology (DRT) for both the tread compound and design. When it comes to the tread compound, this high-silica composition allows it to resist freezing in lower temperatures while still retaining its grip when its hot and when its pushed.
The tread design is certainly unique, favoring a larger centralized patch of tread blocks where normally you’d find two separate rows of treads. If you look closely you’ll see there is something resembling a center tread row, enabling stable highway driving and good turn-in responsiveness.
With three wide circumferential grooves on the tire, it still easily evacuates deeper water to prevent hydroplaning.
As for winter performance, this tire is more capable than most, with that complex center section working to trap snow in larger chunks, allowing it to grip against the snow on the road to provided added traction. Similarly, siping on almost all of the tread blocks raises this all-season tire’s snow capability above most.
With such a focus on inclement weather grip, the tire’s compound and large shoulder tread blocks ensure it still handles quiet well, making it an excellent all-season companion to everything from crossovers to sports cars, and in between. In fact, the tire is so versatile Falken offers it in more than 100 sizes for an extensive list of models.
Falken Ziex ZE950 Price
Pricing for the Falken Ziex ZE950 ranges rather broadly due to the large selection of sizes, with smaller 15-inch sizes starting around $100 with larger 20-inch versions at over $250.
Falken Ziex ZE950 Warranty
Falken backs the Ziex ZE950 with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty for H and V speed rated tires and a 45,000 mile tread life warranty for W speed rated tires.
Falken Ziex ZE950 Sizes
Is the Falken ZIEX ZE950 a directional tire?
No, the Falken ZIEX ZE950 does not make use of a directional tread pattern. The tires are asymmetrical, however, meaning there is an inside and an outside of the tire both of which serve very different purposes. The biggest advantage of non-directional tires is that you have more options when rotating your tires to maximize tread life.
How Long do Falken Ziex ZE950 tires last?
The Ziex ZE950 AS tire is designed to last for approximately 65,000 miles on H and V speed rated tires and 45,000 miles on W speed rated tires. This is a significantly difference so be sure to know which speed rating you are buying. In the real world, expect to achieve these numbers with proper inflation and rotation.
Is the Falken Ziex ZE950 good in snow?
For a tire that looks more performance focused, the Ziex ZE950 performs better in the snow than most all seasons. This is due in part to the silica-infused tread compound that resists freezing in lower temperatures (while not wearing prematurely in warmer ones). At the same time the “3D canyon sipes” (zig zags) in the tread blocks work to trap snow against the tread and use it as a friction surface.