So I was driving along the rain to day and was marveling at how good my Bosch Icon wipers are. They leave no streaks whatsoever and they never hop along the windshield or make that annoying squeaking sound. Not to mention they are super quiet (aerodynamically) at high speeds. They were well worth the $45 bucks. The main reason I bought them was, well, the brand for one, as Bosch is probably the best autopart and OEM supplier out there, not to mention VW, BMW and MB ship their cars with these wipers from the factory. Also, my best friend's GTI still has the original ones and they still wipe as good as if they were new. They work great with snow or ice too.
Before the Icons though I had Michelin's spin-off of Bosch's bracket-less wipers. They were cheaper but they were crap. Within two months they started squeaking, hopping across the windshield and leaving streaks. I trashed them right away and got the Icons. A wise investment.
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