Re: Need advise on winter tires
IME, studs are a bit old skool and work really well for one condition: ice and heavily packed wet snow. They otherwise stink for handling on pavement, making noise, and tearing up roadways.
OTOH, as others have said, the Blizzacks do a really great job on icy and snow packed roads, and also handle pavement reasonably well. Other AT tires with good snow tread and softer rubber are nearly as good, and also provide all-round benefits. I'm in deep winter conditions for four months of the year in Colorado high country and roll with the Firestone Destination AT's.
In this regard, I'd suggest that studded tires are really only optimal for Jeeps or other 4WD when the driver is in snow and ice full time - backcountry winter climates or say the Pacific NW which has a ton of wet snow that hardpacks to ice. Otherwise, there's just too many other good options in tires.
Edit: Misantrop and 2011limited - where are you guys located? do you have chain laws that otherwise require studded tires to allow passage of certain roadways and conditions?
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