Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

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Goodyear's previously pretty good entry in the Ultra High Performance All-Season niche, the venerable Eagle F1 All-Season gets a redesign this year, switching from a directional to an asymmetric tread design to take advantage of that type of tread's ability to take on different conditions over the different “zones”, as Goodyear puts it, of the tread surface. The new Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season is the result, and it's still...

pretty good. On the other hand, what the original F1 primarily needed to make it a truly great All-Season tire was better winter capability, and I haven't driven it in the snow yet, so it may in fact be better than that.

Pros:

  • Good overall UHP performance.
  • Good treadwear reported so far.
  • Improved snow/ice grip reported.

Cons:

  • Only moderately progressive, but recovers crisply.
  • Slightly harder ride.

Technology

Tredlock Microgrooves:
Tredlock technology is Goodyear's name for it's self-locking sipes, which prevent the siped tread block from flexing too far.

Dry Zone:
The outboard side of the asymmetric tread is composed of stiffer tread blocks and a stabilizing rib for better handling.

All-Season Zone:
The inboard side of the tread features deeper grooves and more siping for wet grip, hydroplaning resistance and snow traction.

Traction Teeth:
The center and inboard ribs are not as stiff as the outboard, and have a deep sawtooth pattern cut into them for additional snow bite.

All-Season Compound:
The F1 Asymmetric gets a new cold-weather compound. Unfortunately someone at Goodyear seems to have forgotten to give it a marketing name.

Like most UHP tires, the Eagle F1 rides on a twin steel belt design, with jointless spiral-wound cap plies.

Performance

The new Eagle F1 feels a lot like its predecessor, which is overall a good thing given the degree of structural differences.

The tire is precise and responsive. Acceleration is quite good and braking is basically in the middle of the pack. The steering feel is crisp, with some definite sidewall snappiness, which can lead to small overcorrections until you get used to it. Lateral grip is good, even very good, but not quite excellent. The tires let go a little too easily at their limit, but they do give some warning, and recover quickly.

The Bottom Line

Judging UHP All-Season tires is a little tough sometimes, for the same reasons they can be so darn tough to build. Is the performance on the autocross track and skidpad more important, or is it the ability to deal with winter conditions? Does one judge it by the standard of, say the Potenza RE970AS, a spectacular track tire with moderate-at-best snow capability, or Continental's ExtremeContact DWS, a decent UHP tire that's great in the snow? It becomes even more fun when you haven't yet evaluated its ability in winter conditions. I strongly suspect - mainly based on early customer reviews indicating that snow performance has been much improved by the new tread - that the Eagle F1 Asymmetric is going to be best judged and best used on the All-Weather side of its niche.

Based on that, it could easily go from “pretty good” to “very good” or “pretty great.”

Available in 36 sizes from 205/55/16 to 275/35/ZR20.

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Phillips, Sean. "Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season." ThoughtCo, Nov. 25, 2014, thoughtco.com/goodyear-eagle-f1-asymmetric-all-season-review-3234348. Phillips, Sean. (2014, November 25). Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/goodyear-eagle-f1-asymmetric-all-season-review-3234348 Phillips, Sean. "Review: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/goodyear-eagle-f1-asymmetric-all-season-review-3234348 (accessed December 12, 2017).