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Winter tyres 2024 - market overview, tests, reviews

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If you're looking for new winter tyres, you've come to the right place. Every year we collect data from all available tests, analyse their features, write down their strengths and weaknesses and use this to compile a unique list of the best tyres to buy for the year. We've created a similar report, including a comparison of current prices, for a specific tyre size - just enter it below.


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Best winter tyres

#1
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
A

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5

This is currently the best rated tyre we have and there is a reason for it - it combines sportiness on snow and dry and very good safety margins on the wet. It’s designed to maintain the joy of driving, even on winter tyres, but still manages to be safe at all times. 100% recommended.

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5 - Pluses

Exceptional performance on snow, currently the best mix of snow braking, snow cornering, snow handling, and snow traction on the market. Superior dry braking and dry handling, dynamic handling on wet roads.

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5 - Minuses

High price, some tests mention average curved aquaplaning resistance

Achievements

13/13
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
+9
10/13
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
+6
9/12
Best
dry-handling
Dry handling
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2022
Autobild 2022
+5
7/10
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2022
Autobild 2022
+3

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
2
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
1
2023Tyre Reviews225/45 R18Test winner
1
2023Autobild225/45 R18Test winner
3
2023Sport Auto225/40 R18Very good
1
2023Autobild225/40 R18Test winner
1
2022AutoMotorSport245/45 R19Very good
4
2022Autobild245/40 R19Good
2
2021Autobild225/45 R18Test winner
2
2021Tyre Reviews225/40 R18Test winner
2
2020Autobild245/45 R18-
1
2020Autobild245/45 R18Exemplary
1
2020ADAC235/55 R17Good
3
2020Autobild225/40 R18Exemplary
#2
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C

Continental WinterContact TS 870

Continental has been dominating the winter tyre segment for years, and the TS870 is no different. It is very well-balanced and offers great mileage, making the premium price point worthwhile in the long run.

Continental WinterContact TS 870 - Pluses

Balanced performance in every condition, outstanding snow braking and traction, excellent fuel efficiency and low wear

Continental WinterContact TS 870 - Minuses

Average noise reduction, minor weaknesses in wet braking

Achievements

7/12
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Autozeitung 2022
Autoexpress 2022
Autoklubcr 2022
+3
4/11
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Autozeitung 2022
Autoexpress 2022
Autoklubcr 2022
4/7
Best
wet-circle-cornering
Wet circle cornering
Autozeitung 2022
Autoexpress 2022
Autoklubcr 2022
Autoexpress 2020
4/12
Best
wet-handling
Wet handling
Autoexpress 2023
Autozeitung 2022
Tuv 2021
Autoexpress 2020

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
1
2023Autoexpress225/45 R17Test winner
1
2023ADAC225/45 R17Good
1
2022Autoexpress225/45 R19-
2
2022Tyre Reviews225/45 R17Highly recommended
1
2022Autozeitung225/45 R17Test winner
1
2022Autoklub ČR225/45 R17-
1
2022ADAC215/60 R16Good
1
2022ADAC185/65 R15Good
1
2021TÜV225/45 R17-
4
2021Autobild205/55 R16-
1
2021Autobild205/55 R16Exemplary
2
2021AutoMotorSport195/55 R16Very good
1
2020Autoexpress205/55 R16-
#3
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
A

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5 SUV

If you enjoy sporty driving in winter conditions, the PA5 SUV is the go-to tyre. It's usually the best in the snow in all the tests, while maintaining balance and safety in other conditions. Only downside is high rolling resistance, which is why it hasn't won all the tests it was in.

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5 SUV - Pluses

Exceptional enjoyable snow performance with superior traction, braking, and handling. Quiet and comfortable ride.

Michelin PILOT ALPIN 5 SUV - Minuses

Higher rolling resistance. Acceptable minor weaknesses on wet and dry asphalt due to snow-focused design.

Achievements

5/5
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Automotorsport 2023
Autobild 2023
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autozeitung 2021
+1
5/5
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
Automotorsport 2023
Autobild 2023
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autozeitung 2021
+1
4/5
Best
snow-handling
Snow handling
Automotorsport 2023
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autozeitung 2021
Autobild 2021
2/5
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Autozeitung 2021
Autobild 2021

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
1
2023Autobild225/60 R18Test winner
3
2023ARBÖ235/55 R18Recommended
2
2023Tyre Reviews235/60 R18Highly recommended
3
2023Automotorsport255/45 R20Very good
2
2021Autobild235/55 R18Exemplary
2
2021Autozeitung235/55 R18Highly recommended
#4
Winter tires
2024

GoodYear UltraGrip Performance 3

The UltraGrip Performance 3 is one of the best tyres we have seen in the tests and on top of that it's top discipline is snow performance while maintaining great properties on wet, which makes it a great candidate for snowy climates.

GoodYear UltraGrip Performance 3 - Pluses

Excellent snow capabilities, exceptional wet performance, high safety margins on all surfaces

GoodYear UltraGrip Performance 3 - Minuses

Higher rolling resistance, average steering precision

Achievements

3/6
Best
wet-handling
Wet handling
Automotorsport 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
1/5
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Autoexpress 2023
1/6
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Autoexpress 2023
1/6
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Sportauto 2023

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
1
2023Autobild225/40 R18Test winner
2
2023Sport Auto225/40 R18Very good
3
2023Autoexpress225/45 R17Recommended
2
2023Autobild225/45 R18Exemplary
3
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
5
2023Tyre Reviews225/45 R18Highly recommended
2
2023Automotorsport255/45 R20Very good
#5
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C

Continental WinterContact TS 870 P

Continental winter tires have been winning tire tests for many years, and the 870P is no exception. The “P” stands for performance, but don’t be mistaken, its rolling resistance is also praised, making it ideal for EVs. A well-balanced tire.

Continental WinterContact TS 870 P - Pluses

Really low rolling resistance, ideal for fuel saving and electric vehicles. Strong performance on snow, providing good traction, handling, and corner grip. Excellent dry road handling and braking capabilities, with high comfort levels.

Continental WinterContact TS 870 P - Minuses

Average wet handling and aquaplaning resistance, higher price

Achievements

5/12
Best
dry-handling
Dry handling
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
Automotorsport 2022
+1
4/13
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Adac 2023
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2022
Autobild 2022
4/11
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2022
Autobild 2022
3/11
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Automotorsport 2023
Autobild 2022

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
4
2023Automotorsport255/45 R20Very good
1
2023Tyre Reviews235/60 R18Test winner
4
2023ARBÖ235/55 R18Recommended
1
2023Autobild225/60 R18Test winner
7
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
3
2023Tyre Reviews225/45 R18Highly recommended
3
2023Autobild225/45 R18Exemplary
4
2023Sport Auto225/40 R18Very good
3
2023Autobild225/40 R18Exemplary
4
2023ADAC205/60 R16Good
2
2022AutoMotorSport245/45 R19Very good
3
2022Autobild245/40 R19Exemplary
8
2022Autobild215/55 R17Good
2
2022Autobild215/55 R17-
1
2021Tyre Reviews225/40 R18Test winner
#6
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B

Dunlop Winter Sport 5

While being somehow dated as it was introduced back in 2015, it received some midlife updates and still holds up with the current models, at least in smaller dimensions. At the right price, it could be a great choice.

Dunlop Winter Sport 5 - Pluses

Balanced Performance, excellent snow handling, low fuel consumption and wear

Dunlop Winter Sport 5 - Minuses

Minor weaknesses on wet roads, higher noise level, higher price in some cases

Achievements

9/22
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Adac 2023
Adac 2022
Autobild 2022
+5
6/20
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Adac 2023
Autobild 2020
Adac 2018
+2
4/21
Best
wet-braking
Wet braking
Adac 2023
Adac 2023
Autobild 2018
Adac 2017
3/20
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Adac 2023
Autobild 2017

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
15
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
7
2023Autobild225/45 R18Good
4
2023ADAC225/45 R17Good
1
2023ADAC205/60 R16Good
2
2022ADAC215/60 R16Good
8
2022Autobild215/55 R17-
4
2022Autobild215/55 R17Exemplary
2
2021Autobild205/55 R16-
8
2021Autobild205/55 R16Good
5
2021Autobild225/45 R18Good
1
2021ADAC225/50 R17Good
8
2020Autoexpress205/55 R16-
3
2020ADAC205/55 R16Good
8
2020Autoklub ČR205/55 R16-
5
2020Autobild225/55 R17Good
8
2020Autobild245/45 R18Good
12
2020Autobild245/45 R18-
16
2019Autobild225/45 R17Satisfactory
13
2019Autobild225/45 R17-
4
2018Sportscars245/45 R18Good
3
2018ADAC205/55 R16Good
5
2018Autobild195/65 R15-
1
2018Autobild195/65 R15Exemplary
1
2017ADAC215/65 R16Good
4
2017Sportscars225/40 R18Good
2
2017AutoMotorSport225/45 R18Recommended
3
2017Autoexpress225/45 R17-
3
2017Autobild225/50 R17Exemplary
5
2017Autobild225/50 R17-
3
2016Autoklub ČR205/55 R16Very good
4
2016Autobild205/55 R16-
4
2016Autobild205/55 R16-
6
2016GTÜ205/55 R16Highly recommended
7
2016Autoexpress205/55 R16-
1
2016ADAC225/45 R17-
2
2016Autoexpress225/45 R17-
3
2016AutoMotorSport235/40 R18Recommended
3
2016Sportscars245/40 R18Exemplary
3
2015GTÜ225/50 R17-
3
2015Automotorsport225/50 R17-
1
2015Sportscars225/45 R18Exemplary
1
2015Autobild215/65 R16Exemplary
#7
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B

Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330

Hankook sneaked in between the traditional premium tyres again with its Icept Evo3. It excels in aquaplaning resistance, which is crucial for european winters.

Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330 - Pluses

Outstanding aquaplaning resistance, balanced performance in all conditions, superior traction on snow

Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W330 - Minuses

Increased rolling noise, above average dry braking distances

Achievements

7/9
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
Autobild 2022
+3
4/10
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2021
Autobild 2020
3/10
Best
wet-braking
Wet braking
Autobild 2022
Autobild 2022
Autobild 2021
1/10
Best
dry-braking
Dry braking
Sportauto 2023

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
8
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
6
2023Autobild225/45 R18Good
4
2023Tyre Reviews225/45 R18Highly recommended
6
2023Sport Auto225/40 R18Good
4
2023Autobild225/40 R18Exemplary
2
2022Autobild245/40 R19Exemplary
1
2021Autobild225/45 R18Test winner
3
2021Tyre Reviews225/40 R18-
6
2020Autobild245/45 R18Exemplary
5
2020Autobild245/45 R18-
2
2020Autobild225/40 R18Exemplary
#8
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
A
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-005

A great winter tyre with balanced handling characteristics. Great in the wet, but slightly less durable than newer models.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-005 - Pluses

Exceptional wet braking and wet handling, excellent aquaplaning prevention, low rolling resistance

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-005 - Minuses

Extended dry braking distances, average snow handling and tread life

Achievements

33/41
Best
wet-braking
Wet braking
Adac 2023
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2023
+29
23/39
Best
wet-handling
Wet handling
TyreReviews.com 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2023
Sportauto 2023
+19
21/31
Best
wet-circle-cornering
Wet circle cornering
Autobild 2023
Automotorsport 2023
Autoexpress 2023
Autobild 2023
+17
14/35
Best
dry-handling
Dry handling
Automotorsport 2023
Autobild 2023
Autozeitung 2022
Autobild 2022
+10

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
1
2023Automotorsport255/45 R20Outstanding
6
2023ADAC205/60 R16Good
1
2023Sport Auto225/40 R18Very good
5
2023Autobild225/40 R18Good
2
2023Autoexpress225/45 R17Recommended
15
2023ADAC225/45 R17Satisfactory
1
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
1
2023Tyre Reviews225/45 R18Test winner
10
2023Autobild225/45 R18Satisfactory
8
2023Autobild225/60 R18Conditionally recommended
1
2023ARBÖ235/55 R18Highly recommended
3
2023Tyre Reviews235/60 R18Highly recommended
6
2022ADAC215/60 R16Satisfactory
6
2022Autobild215/55 R17Good
1
2022Autobild215/55 R17-
7
2022ADAC185/65 R15Satisfactory
1
2022Tyre Reviews225/45 R17Test winner
2
2022Autoklub ČR225/45 R17-
2
2022Autozeitung225/45 R17Highly recommended
2
2022Autoexpress225/45 R19-
1
2022Autobild245/40 R19Exemplary
4
2022AutoMotorSport245/45 R19Very good
5
2021Autobild205/55 R16Good
3
2021Autobild235/55 R18Good
1
2021Autozeitung235/55 R18Highly recommended
1
2021AutoMotorSport195/55 R16Very good
7
2021ADAC195/65 R15Satisfactory
1
2021Autobild205/55 R16-
4
2021Tyre Reviews225/40 R18-
2
2021TÜV225/45 R17-
4
2021Autobild225/45 R18Good
5
2021ADAC225/50 R17Satisfactory
1
2020ADAC205/55 R16Good
1
2020Autoklub ČR205/55 R16-
2
2020Autoexpress205/55 R16-
3
2020Használtautó.hu205/55 R16-
1
2020Autobild225/40 R18Exemplary
1
2020ACE225/50 R17Highly recommended
2
2020Autobild225/55 R17Exemplary
7
2020ADAC235/55 R17Satisfactory
1
2020Autobild245/45 R18-
2
2020Autobild245/45 R18Exemplary
1
2020AutoMotorSport225/50 R17Very good
2
2019Automotorsport215/55 R17Very good
5
2019Autobild225/45 R17Exemplary
1
2019Autobild225/45 R17-
2
2019Autobild215/60 R17Good

Sizes

#9
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
C
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
A

BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2

G-Force Winter 2 is our favorite budget winter tyre. It's great on snow and offers good safety on all surfaces, which is no surprise as BFGoodrich is a part of the Michelin group.

BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2 - Pluses

Solid performance in snow braking and handling, secure handling characteristics on both dry and wet roads, good predicted mileage

BFGoodrich G-FORCE WINTER 2 - Minuses

Slightly longer braking distances on dry and wet surfaces.

Achievements

8/12
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Adac 2022
Automotorsport 2021
Autobild 2021
+4
6/11
Best
noise-exterior
Exterior noise
Adac 2023
Autobild 2021
Autobild 2020
Automotorsport 2020
+2
5/10
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Autobild 2023
Autobild 2021
Automotorsport 2020
+1
5/10
Best
snow-handling
Snow handling
Automotorsport 2021
Autobild 2021
Autobild 2021
Automotorsport 2020
+1

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
5
2023Autobild225/45 R18-
4
2023Autobild225/45 R18Good
8
2023ADAC205/60 R16Satisfactory
9
2022Autobild215/55 R17Good
6
2022Autobild215/55 R17-
5
2022ADAC185/65 R15Satisfactory
8
2021Autobild225/45 R18Satisfactory
11
2021Autobild205/55 R16Satisfactory
7
2021Autobild205/55 R16-
5
2021ADAC195/65 R15Satisfactory
4
2021AutoMotorSport195/55 R16Good
4
2020Autobild245/45 R18Exemplary
2
2020AutoMotorSport225/50 R17Very good
2
2020ACE225/50 R17Recommended
8
2020Autobild225/40 R18Satisfactory
5
2020Használtautó.hu205/55 R16-
7
2019Autobild225/45 R17Good
6
2017Autobild225/50 R17Good
1
2017Autobild225/50 R17-
#11
Winter tires
2024
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
E
EU:   of  sizes has  rating
B

GoodYear UltraGrip 9+

A greatly balanced winter tyre for smaller vehicles with good performance on snow, wet and dry.

GoodYear UltraGrip 9+ - Pluses

Balanced performance, exceptional on wet surfaces, fuel-efficient.

GoodYear UltraGrip 9+ - Minuses

Minor steering precision issues on dry and snow-covered roads

Achievements

4/7
Best
aquaplaning-cross
Aquaplaning - cross
Adac 2023
Adac 2022
Adac 2021
Autoklubcr 2020
4/8
Best
snow-traction
Snow traction
Adac 2023
Automotorsport 2021
Adac 2020
Autozeitung 2020
2/6
Best
aquaplaning-longitudinal
Aquaplaning - longitudal
Adac 2023
Adac 2021
2/3
Best
ride-comfort
Comfort
Autobild 2021
Autoklubcr 2020

Attributes breakdown

Tyre tests

RankYearOrganizationSizeRating
2
2022ADAC185/65 R15Good
6
2021AutoMotorSport195/55 R16Good
2
2021ADAC195/65 R15Good
6
2021Autobild205/55 R16-
7
2021Autobild205/55 R16Good
2
2020Autoklub ČR205/55 R16-
8
2020ADAC205/55 R16Satisfactory

New tyres for 2024

#NameRatingDimensionsPrice from
1 GoodYear UltraGrip Performance 3
/97%
2 Nokian Snowproof 2 Previous model:
Nokian WR Snowproof (55%)
/71%
3 Nokian Snowproof 2 SUV
/65%

Winter tyre test summary 2024

2024 winter tyres tests (+2023)

Tyre size Organization Year Type Designation Winner Best value Tested tyres Vehicle
235/55 R18ARBÖ2023Passenger carBridgestone Blizzak LM-005Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W33010VW Tiguan
225/45 R18Autobild2023Stopping distanceBridgestone Blizzak LM-005Kleber Krisalp HP354BMW 3
225/45 R17ADAC2023Passenger carContinental WinterContact TS 870Semperit Speed-Grip 516VW Golf
205/60 R16ADAC2023SUVDUNLOP Winter Sport 5Firestone Winterhawk 416VW T-Roc
225/45 R18Tyre Reviews2023Passenger carMichelin Pilot Alpin 5Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W33011BMW 3
255/45 R20Automotorsport2023Passenger carBridgestone Blizzak LM-005Vredestein Wintrac Pro7Kia EV6
225/45 R17Autoexpress2023Passenger carContinental WinterContact TS 870Hankook W462 Winter i*cept RS37VW Golf
225/60 R18Autobild2023SUVMichelin PILOT ALPIN 5 SUVVredestein Wintrac Pro10BMW X3
235/60 R18Tyre Reviews2023SUVContinental WinterContact TS 870 PHankook Winter i*cept evo3 X W330A9VW Tiguan
225/40 R18Autobild2023Passenger carMichelin Pilot Alpin 5Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W33011Toyota Yaris GR
225/40 R18Sport Auto2023Passenger carBridgestone Blizzak LM-005Hankook Winter i*cept evo3 W3309Audi S3
Tyre sizeOrganizationYearTypeDesignationWinnerBest valueTested tyresVehicle

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other winter tyres

NameSegmentRatingOriginPassenger carSUV
Michelin
Michelin
premium 90% France
GoodYear
GoodYear
premium 86% USA
Dunlop
Dunlop
premium 79% USA
GoodYear
Hankook
Hankook
premium 78% South Korea
Continental
Continental
premium 77% Germany
Bridgestone
Bridgestone
premium 75% Japan
BFGoodrich
BFGoodrich
upper-middle 75% USA
Michelin
Kleber
Kleber
upper-middle 73% France
Michelin
Vredestein
Vredestein
premium 71% Holland
Firestone
Firestone
upper-middle 65% USA
Uniroyal
Uniroyal
upper-middle 60% USA
Michelin
Pirelli
Pirelli
premium 53% Italy
Cooper
Cooper
upper-middle 53% USA
Nokian
Nokian
upper-middle 52% Finland
Toyo
Toyo
upper-middle 49% Japan
Yokohama
Yokohama
upper-middle 46% Japan
Falken
Falken
upper-middle 44% Japan
Kumho
Kumho
upper-middle 38% South Korea
Apollo
Apollo
lowcost 71% India
Semperit
Semperit
lowcost 70% Austria
Continental
Sava
Sava
lowcost 67% Slovenia
GoodYear
Barum
Barum
lowcost 61% Czech Republic
Continental
Debica
Debica
lowcost 57% Poland
Nexen
Nexen
lowcost 57% South Korea
Avon
Avon
lowcost 46% Great Britain
Cooper
General
General
lowcost 43% Pakistan
Continental
Fulda
Fulda
lowcost 42% Germany
Matador
Matador
lowcost 38% Slovakia
Continental

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