Continental Viking Contact 7 Review

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Overview

The Continental Viking Contact 7 is a premium studless ice and snow winter season tire with a unidirectional tread pattern. The tire features 3D Trapez Sipes that guarantee a winter tire with a firm grip on snow and ice without the added hassle of metal studs. The siping pattern on the Continental Viking Contact 7 features drainage capabilities that secure your vehicle in slushy, wet winter conditions by irrigating water directly under the contact patch The custom Nordic compound with active grip silica rely on canola oil to enhance the tire’s performance overall winter terrain.

Some of the featured technologies for the Continental Viking Contact 7:

Continental VikingContact 7

Continental Viking Contact 7 Features

Contiseal™

Contiseal™ works to seal the tires to protect them from punctures. In the event of you driving over a nail or other sharp object, the seal prevents the air escaping from the tire. Continental claims this technology is effective in sealing 80% or punctures, meaning you don’t have to worry about stopping on the roadside in bad winter weather to fix a flat tire.

ContiSilent™

ContiSilent™ is the technology that makes these tires as quiet as possible. The noise reduction mechanism works with an inner tire absorber made of polyurethane foam that adheres to the inside of your tire. According to Continental, the foam has the capacity to reduce noise by up to 9 decibels and will withstand any temperature.

Self Supporting Runflat (SSR) System

Here is another function to minimize stress in the event of acupuncture. The SSR system that continental developed which means you never have to carry a spare tire. If you encounter a puncture, the tire prevents the sidewall from being run over and damaged and stops the tire from coming away from the rim. Continental points out that the reduced weight from not needing a spare tire not only frees up space in the trunk of your vehicle, but will also save you money on fuel by reducing the weight you’re carrying.

Pros of non-studded tire models

Noise

Because of the metal parts in the wheels, studded tires make more noise than studless tires. While this is mostly confined to exterior noise, many drivers still find the additional sound pollution inconvenient.

Cost

On the whole, studlesss tires are less expensive than studded tires. If your studs are fitted at your local garage rather than at the tire factory, they might cost less. However, this kind of fitting may make your tires louder, adding to the noise problem.

2 sets

While it’s recommended to switch to summer tires when the snow melts to preserve your winter wheels, studded tires can make this change feel urgant and stressful.

Studded tires do not guarantee improved traction

In snow and ice, studded tires help anchor your vehicle. But in wet conditions such as slush, heavy rain, or treated roads, studded tires do not improve grip. 

Tread pattern

If you look at a tire, you will notice the tread pattern (the grooves in the rubber) is either asymmetrical (the inner of the tire will have a different pattern to the outer edge), or symmetrical. The symmetrical tire is referred to as unidirectional which means the tire is supposed to roll in one direction. These tires will have arrows printed on them to indicate how they should be mounted.

How do they handle winter terrain?

The Viking Contact 7 has excellent grip and control over many winter driving surfaces. These winter tires have a high grip in snow and are easy to handle when driving over ice, both smooth and uneven. The specialized tread marks are optimized to provide good, steady handling over both wet surfaces and dry roads. The tread on these winter tires is designed to maximize the wheel’s contact surface area in the snow. The sipes are angled to provide biting edges on all sides of the tire to maximize grip. The tire sides feature narrower, sharper tread marks to cut into snow, securing the tire as it moves forward. The deeper grooves in the middle of the tire compact and collect snow, storing it in the tire itself to create snow on snow adherence. The increased snow traction also means this winter tire’s breaking capabilities are excellent.

How is their noise level?

The Continental VikingContact 7 provides exceptional comfort to their users. The ContiSilent™ technology minimizes the interior noise production for the drive while the absence of metal studs also guarantees minimal exterior noise on clear roads. The sturdy polyurethane foam inserts guarantee consistently quiet products that continue to provide optimal comfort even as the tire wears down.

Customer reviews

The Continental VikingContact 7 tire is exceptionally highly reviewed, with customers highlighting the exceptional noise level of these winter tires along with their impressive grip on snowy and icy surfaces. The tireas boast excellent control on both even and uneven surfaces. The Nordic silica compounds reduce hydroplaning and enhance your handling. On dry roads, customers report the tires have good dry handling and dry breaking, meaning the tires will continue to provide excellent stability as the driving surfaces change from one season to the next.

Tire sizes available

15″

  • 145/65R15 72T
  • 175/55R15 77T
  • 175/65R15 88T
  • 185/55R15 86T
  • 185/65R15 92T
  • 195/55R15 89T
  • 195/60R15 92T
  • 195/65R15 95T
  •  205/65R15 99T

16″

  • 195/50R16 88T
  • 195/55R16 91T
  • 195/60R16 93T
  • 205/55R16 94T
  • 205/60R16 96T
  • 205/65R16 99H
  • 215/55R16 97T
  • 215/60R16 99T
  • 215/65R16 102T
  • 215/70R16 100T
  • 225/55R16 99T
  • 225/60R16 102T
  • 225/65R16 104T
  • 225/70R16 107T
  • 235/70R16 109T
  • 245/70R161 11T

17″

  • 205/45R17 88T
  • 205/50R17 93T
  • 205/55R17 95T
  • 215/45R17 91T
  • 215/50R17 95T
  • 215/55R17 98T
  • 215/60R17 100T
  • 215/65R17 103T
  • 225/45R17 94T
  • 225/50R17 98T
  • 225/55R17 101T
  • 225/60R17 103T
  • 225/65R17 106T
  • 235/45R17 97T
  • 235/50R17 100T
  • 235/55R17 103T
  • 235/60R17 106T
  • 235/65R17 108T
  • 235/70R17 111T
  • 245/45R17 99T
  • 245/65R17 111T
  • 245/70R17 114T
  • 265/70R17 116T

18″

  • 215/50R18 96T
  • 225/40R18 92T
  • 225/45R18 95T
  • 225/50R18 99T
  • 225/55R18 102T
  • 225/60R18 104T
  • 235/40R18 95T
  • 235/45R18 98T
  • 235/50R18 101T
  • 235/55R18 104T
  • 235/65R18 110T
  • 245/40R18 97T
  • 245/45R18 100T
  • 245/60R18 109H
  • 255/45R18 103T
  • 255/60R18 112T
  • 275/65R18 116T

19″

  • 225/45R19 96T
  • 235/35R19 91T
  • 235/40R19 96T
  • 235/55R19 105T
  • 245/40R19 98T
  • 245/45R19 102T
  • 255/35R19 96T
  • 255/40 R19 100T
  • 255/45R19 104T
  • 255/50R19 107T
  • 265/55R19 113T

20″

  • 245/45R20 103T
  • 245/50R20 105H
  • 255/35R20 97T
  • 255/45R20 105T
  • 265/45R20 108T
  • 275/55R20 117T

Conclusion

On the whole, the Continental VikingContact 7 makes for an excellent winter tire. In choosing a studless model, you not only save money, but also reduce the noise levels both in and outside of your vehicle. This Continental tire guarantees a secure system that guarantees your stability all through the coldest months. Remember, only install Continental VikingContact 7 in complete sets of four for secure winter driving.