Bridgestone Duravis R500 HD review
What is it?
The Bridgestone Duravis R500 HD highway all season tire is designed for use on light- and medium-duty vans, trucks and pickups.
The Duravis R500 HD is a heavy-duty, commercial-grade tire specifically engineered to stand up to punishment over the long-term. So how's it do in the real world?
Duravis R500 HD strengths and weaknesses?
The Duravis R500 HD has awesome dry condition performance, great wet weather capability, and class leading comfort characteristics and treadlife. In its intended environment out on the highway it's an exceptionally comfortable tire.
Light snow traction is arguably adequate, but the Duravis R500 HD reportedly isn't particularly capable in the deep stuff or icy conditions.
The compromised winter performance is the trade-off for the durability and excellent towing properties. Indeed, the Duravis R500 HD is a go-to tire for those who regularly have an RV or something else hooked to the hitch.
And whereas most tires would suffer from decreased treadlife in such a capacity, the Duravis R500 HD can last upwards of 100,000 miles with proper rotation protocols observed.
How does the Duravis R500 HD compare?
Within the somewhat lackluster group of highway all season truck tires from Bridgestone, the Duravis R500 HD sticks out like a sore thumb, in a good way...
All of the above strengths result in a rank of third in the "highway all season" category according to user feedback. And that's the Duravis R500 HD being ranked against everyday all season truck/SUV tires that don't have the R500 HD's commercial-grade characteristics.
In terms of logging highway miles towing an RV or with a loaded up Sprinter van, there may be no superior tire available. Just don't plan on doing it in a blizzard.
Anything else to know?
No treadlife warranty is irrelevant here. Some report >150,000 miles on a set, so you might want to address them in your will.
In our view, the only reason you wouldn't consider the Bridgestone Duravis R500 HD is if you often encounter true winter conditions, or simply don't require a heavy-duty tire.
Stumbled upon the Duravis R500 HD but looking for a more standard highway all season tire with winter capability? Have a look at the excellent Firestone Destination LE 2.
Learn more about the Bridgestone Duravis R500 HD on Bridgestone's product page here.
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