Good snow traction. Soft comfortable ride. Excellent treadlife. After almost 20k miles, the tires were still at 5/8". I had to drive on these for a few months in the summer time (80F+), which I thought would make them toast, but they lasted a few more winters. (Note: I don't recommend driving on these in the summer, as braking performance is lacking compared to A/S or summer tires.) In the snow, they gave me confidence. Fairly good rolling resistance too, so MPG was pretty good. Overall, if good treadlife and decent snow handling is what you want, then these (or the next gen X-Ice 3) should be great.