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Best windshield wipers for winter 2015

We’re approaching the cold season here on the northern hemisphere, so a good time to look at the best windshield wipers for winter driving.

What you’re looking for is a blade that is rugged and able to work in snowy conditions without clogging up.

A traditional steel frame-based wiper consists of many moving parts that are completely exposed to the elements.

So for a winter blade you really should go for a custom / speciality winter blade.

The best windshield wipers for winter is still the  ANCO Winter Wiper Blade (model number 30-xx, where xx is the length of the blade in inches)

It’s rugged – well suited for moving snow and sleet as opposed to only water.

It’s got a thinker rubber wiping wedge than “normal” or all-season blades.

It’s got a protective cover that prevents sleet and snow from clogging up the moving parts of the blade.

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Trico Break-to-Fit refills

From Trico comes with a series of break-to-fit refills.

This means that you don’t have to find a refill that accurately matches the length of your windshield wiper.

You only have to match the width of the refill – 6mm, 7mm or 8mm.

Trico 47-600 6mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 16″ to 22″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)

List Price: $11.99 USD
New From: $12.15 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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Trico 47-700 7mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 15″ to 22″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)

List Price: $11.99 USD
New From: $11.61 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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Trico 47-800 8mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 17″ to 26″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)

List Price: $11.99 USD
New From: $11.90 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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Summer wiper blades – an urban legend

It would make perfect sense if there was such as thing as a summer wiper blade.

I mean, there are windshield wipers for the winter season, so why wouldn’t there be a series of blades designed especially for warm weather?
Truth is that they don’t exist.
But we do have all-season blades and these are the ones you would use all year round (except for the really cold months)
The reason they started producing winter wipers was that the traditional blades had two major flaws that made them less than ideal.
  1. The rubber lost its flexibility as temperatures went down – so the blade couldn’t hug the windshield as well as it should.
  2. Initially all blades were of the traditional steel-frame type – and the moving parts would get clogged with ice, sleet and snow, making it impossible to put proper and uniform pressure on the blade.
So, winter blades were invented to combat these two drawbacks.
They used a softer rubber compound and they encased the steel-frame in a rubber boot to prevent stuff from getting access to the moving parts.
And that’s why there’s speciality blades for winter, but not for summer.

Just added an AutoTex page

I just added AutoTex to the list of windshield wiper manufacturers.

AutoTex has a line of windshield wiper blades called PINK.

These are black wiperblades in both traditional steel-frame based designed as well as a bracketless design.

The name PINK comes from the fact that AutoTex donates to the National Breast Cancer Foundation every time somebody purchases a PINK blade.

Despite being a relatively new blade there are already over 200 reviews on Amazon for the beam blade – with a rating of 4.34 out of 5.