Hail ICON! Bosch storm blades are a wiper revolution

Windshield wipers have been a final frontier in automotive advancement until the fairly recent innovation of the flat-blade, beam-type blades. The age-old, steel-frame architecture with a thin strip of rubber grows wobbly and ratchety in short time, giving a streaky sweep.

Bosch has raised the level of clarity in inclement weather with its ICON wiper blades that have tensioned, internal steel springs and no external joints or brackets. That’s not entirely unique in these flat blades, but Bosch takes the design further by designing blades for the contour of the windshield. You will order blades for the driver and passenger sides – and that’s the revolution.

For those who watch the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” look for the Bosch ICON blades on the “Dominator,” that monster SUV storm chaser.

Pricing ranges from about $13 to $25 per blade. And while that is pricey, it’s a small price to pay for clear visibility. And the installation process is as easy as any I’ve tried. It’s likely to be a tougher job removing the old blade than snapping the ICONs in place.

Info: www.BoschClearTheWay.com

Bosch ICON blades are designed to fit the curvature of the windshield, with blades for the driver and passenger sides.

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard