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I can see clearly now

The last few times we’ve had a heavy snowfall or worse, freezing rain, I was harshly reminded that it was time to get new wiper blades as mine were leaving streaks – of course directly lined up so I had to either strech up high or crunch down low to see properly. So I decided to take the annoying know-it-all guy‘s advice and try out Canadian Tire’s reflex wiper blades. After aclimitizing them to the backseat of my car for a couple weeks, I finally put them on about a week ago. And then all the snow melted.

However, they did work quite well in the rain, at least as well as a brand new set of normal wipers. I drove on the highway in the rain with them, and they kept up well enough.
The real test came when it finally snowed (yikes, am I somehow happy it snowed?) yesterday. A nice wet packy snow. I brushed the majority of the snow off as usual, didn’t touch the wipers at all, and got in and turned them on. The windshield was perfectly cleaned. No streaks, and no hinges to clean ice out of. I was decently impressed. (Decently enough to blog about it anyways, if that says anything.)

I’d recommend these to anyone, espessially people who have to endure snow and freezing rain on a regular basis. They’re not a whole lot more expensive than regular wipers, but much less frustrating. I’ll do an update in a couple months about how well they fare with age, but thus far I’m happy. Thanks mysterious Canadian Tire guy.

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    • http://blog.silentweb.ca Matt Simpson

      Wow, I’m really glad you got these wipers because I too saw that know-it-all CTC guy talking about them. My first reaction was to call him a lying son-of-a-bitch and press mute, but after thinking about it for a few seconds… I did actually wonder. I’m not sure I can get them for my Jetta because both wider blades are different… maybe I can, I’ll have to investigate.

      I look forward to your updates on how well these work in the long-run.

      ~Matt Simpson

    • http://www.gregmaclellan.com groogs

      Most cars have different sizes on each side. Luckily, wiper blades are sold individually. Canadian Tire even has a little computer where you can type in your car year and model, and find what size blades to use.

    • Chris

      I’ve been thinking about getting some too… maybe today… my problem is the sizes too… and crappy tire’s computer only goes back to ’85

      My car is an ’83

      of course my buddy just got one for his ’84 mercedes… so I think I should have no problem

    • Annette

      Recently I purchased the Reflex blades after hearing about how good they are. To my dismay one blew off on the highway. I blamed my son for not putting them on right. Bought another one….another one blew off on the highway! When I purchased another one I got the mechanics in Canadian to install them. Was there over an hour with each one of the mechanics trying to get it on. I own a GMC Sierra. Finally after installing new clips that were not included with the wipers they managed to get them on. I haven’t been on the highway to see if they will stay on. Actually I don’t feel comfortable with them on my vehicle! And will have spare wipers with me at all times with those on.

    • Andrew

      i’ve had them for a year
      good in rain but not so good on snow
      very disappointed

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