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Winter Tire Review: Toyo Observe GSi5

Introduced five years ago, the Toyo Observe GSi5 has made its mark as a great winter tire for those looking for a safe and dependable drive in the colder months. In fact, it ranks among’s top winter tires in the medium price range.

Whether you own a passenger car, minivan, crossover, SUV, or light truck, there is a wide range of sizes to choose from as you prepare to face the tough Canadian winter.

Featuring a deep thread, the Toyo Observe GSi5 has the technology to handle all winter and cold weather driving conditions including snow, slush, ice, and other tricky surfaces. In particular, an advanced multi-directional sipe technology ensures maximum grip when you are cornering, accelerating or braking.

What’s more, its Microbit compound delivers improved performance in snow and especially on ice. Believe it or not, thousands of crushed walnut shells―one of the hardest natural substances in the world―are incorporated into the compound to act like tiny spikes and literally dig into ice.

Durability is another strength of the Toyo Observe GSi5. To learn more about this winter tire, visit or watch the following video: