My previous tire experience for winter tires are the Bridgestone Blizzaks and the Goodyear Nordics. I just purchased these tires with studs and they do very, very well. The highway was slippery one evening but I found myself able to do the speed limit while everyone was driving a bit slower. The car was also very stable considering I have RWD. I'm not sure about treadwear as these are still very new. I would definitely recommend these tires.
The dealer put this set of 4 brand new tires on my Lexus IS300 RWD. This tire has been a great summer tire but I hate them in the winter. I was lucky to have had two winters with little snow (Chicago), but wouldn't/wont do it again. Just picked up some Blizzakes for the winter duty. As for rain days, never had a problem but I never go crazy in the rain anyway. Cornering hard doesn't provided any confidence on any wet or icy road. Could just be my RWD setup. I've had one flat after 11K miles so not a problem with them being soft and I think I have a few years before I need to replace them. One last thing, I get stuck (ice & snow) and can go any ware even on little hills or my driveway.
In Short, If your low on cash I'd say this is a great tire. They look great and work great in the spring, summer and fall. I'd drive really slow in the winter or just get a winter tire.