Owned these now for about 35,000 miles. Yes- they are bald, with tread bars showing. And yes I'm hey are excellent tires. I drive mostly on California freeways and almost always in dry, warmish climates. My commute is 48mi one way 3x a week.
Dry traction is great upon breakin. Cornering was pretty good for the price, and as my commute goes through a canyon/ alot of twists n turns. Tires will chirp wen becoming squirrelly before letting go. Tires still look great for being bald from side view. Road noise has never been great/ 4/5, but as tread 10k was 3/5, now is radio tunned out at 2/5 being slicks.
Comfort is slightly lacking in my range of 205/50/16-- with a firmer feel. Guess thats why they are speed rated and sport class. You will feel the road more, but responsiveness vs comfort is WHY u buy these.
Now for wet: never stellar even when in tread depth, had some heavy rains and would get a loose feel from my box, which was on stock setup. but per raining, it was acceptable at 55-70 mph unless hitting puddles; again i have VERY steep curves to commute. I never did feel scared and traction was always predictable even in torrential downpours.
Would highly recommend and would buy again and they have been fantastic tires for the 2.5 yrs ive owned them! A-
YEAR ROUND experiment results report:
Vehicle was a Hotchkiss full sport suspension 2400lb 1st gen Scion xB with the Artics over a twisty county lane daily commute.
Switched from years of using the regular H rated Altimax to these Altimax Artic last fall and agree they excel for winter driving better than the all-season design. Side benefit was how they glue the car to the road in the WET. Pooled water in the road that used to push the little Scion around simply has no effect.
The water channel to blocked rubber ratio lets this tire stay in contact.
Dry surface HARD cornering was the trade-off. They completely disappointed on DRY surfaces from a combination of squishy sidewalls (even at 42psi) and too much tread squirm.
BUT, while that described the first three seasons that include July temperatures above 90 degrees, the squishiness gradually disappeared as tread depth neared half-life.
DRY behavior is now nearly equal to the all-season Altimax, with predictable drifts and forgiving recovery.
It might be that this second winter will find them less superior in snow, but this experiment using them YEAR-ROUND was successful.