It’s getting harder and harder to find reliable all-season tires which don’t require you to shell out a significant chunk of your paycheck.
This is why I like the Kelly Edge A/S All-Season series so much. It was marketed as a series where the available tire sizes will fit about 80% of all vehicles in the market today.
While some people might complain that they want a tire to be more suited for their truck or SUV, this tire isn’t meant for the discerning kind. It’s intended for less-than-serious driving enthusiasts who occasionally take to the great outdoors.
If you think you’re one of them, congratulations, you’re in luck.
Kelly Edge All Season Review 2019: Why Should You Buy This Product?
Value for Money
If you’re not a tire aficionado and you just want one that works and is inexpensive, it doesn’t get better than the Kelly Edge. Thus, these tires have been marketed as having above average performance at a below average price.
The most common sizes fall in the $80 – $100 range and are suited for virtually every car on the market. As long as you are doing less than 150 mph, these tires should be fine. If you want better performance, there are a few premier models too.
Performance in Dry Conditions
All-season tires should first and foremost provide excellent performance in dry conditions. What’s good about the Kelly Edge A/S is that the biting tread block edges help get a grip on the road. This keeps handling and traction right where you want it to be.
I had no major complaints with the performance, as I didn’t get stuck anywhere on a very gravelly road, nor did I face any problems of burnout while braking. It was pretty smooth, and the tires responded to my steering wheel perfectly well.
In my opinion, the performance will depend on your vehicle, though to a certain extent. If your car is smaller and more fuel-efficient, these tires will offer excellent performance. Heavier vehicles are much more demanding and will put considerable strain on them.
Performance in Wet Conditions
These tires performed extremely well in wet and damp conditions. The stellar performance can be attributed to the solid tread block design along with the directional grooves. The highly functional tread design definitely scored a lot of points in my book.
These grooves allow the vehicle to maintain contact with the ground while I pushed it through puddles. I was pleased to see that water gets expelled from the contact area, and there was little risk in hydroplaning. The handling and traction remained consistent throughout.
Don’t worry about losing traction and skidding off the road. These are all-season tires for a reason, and they’ve been designed and tested to ensure that they do not skid no matter how slippery it is.
The Ride Quality
To me, this is the most important aspect of judging a tire. I do not want to feel like churning butter while I drive down the road in my car, which is why stability is of absolute importance.
These tires are pretty soft, which makes for a comfortable and smooth ride. The ride felt airy enough, and the tires weren’t making me overly conscious of the road, which is a problem in many budget tires.
I felt the rolling resistance was a little on the higher side, though. So if you have an electric car which needs low rolling resistance to make up for motor inadequacy, then these tires might not be the right choice. But for the most part, I’d say it was a pretty enjoyable and smooth ride.
Considering how cheap these tires are, I didn’t really have high hopes for them in the durability department, which is also why you can just forget about the tread warranty.
Softer tires as a matter of general practice offer a smoother ride, but they do wear out faster. However, I would definitely say you could get about 50,000 miles out of these tires, as long as you keep it on the road, more or less. And if they go bust, just get another set as they’re not that expensive!
What Could Have Been Better?
Let me just say it: all-season tires aren’t meant for snow. Granted, there are a few exceptional models out there, but most of the ones on the market are pretty underwhelming.
These tires don’t do well in the cold as the rubber hardens up and becomes smooth, which means you lose traction. They are also really problematic in deep and thick snow. Nevertheless, they brake pretty well, even on ice. The groove on the outer tread blocks makes it pretty easy to start and stop on ice.
If you live in a place where it snows occasionally and isn’t a seasonal deal, you should be okay to keep these tires on all year round. But if you live somewhere which is very cold and snowy for a significant part of the year, you should definitely get yourself a set of dedicated winters.
- Highly Affordable
- Biting tread blocks give excellent traction
- Water gets expelled on contact
- No hydroplaning
- Smooth and airy ride
- Performance on snow could be better
- More suited for less demanding vehicles
I would mostly advise people to stay away from tires in this price range, but there are few hidden gems out there. I was pleasantly surprised to see that these tires offer more than adequate performance.
They may not be as smooth as a set of tires which are double the price tag, but they offer decent performance all year round, and I think they are a pretty good deal for most people.