Just got them. Live in upstate ny. I can tell all of you there is no such thing as all season tires(marketing scam made up by manufacturers)my tires will never see snow. I know they are summer tread by looking at them.the tire size that go on my ride are, well racing slicks with tread cut in them. For all you northern dwellers, skinny wide cut cross tread for winter(i refer to them as knobbys)(courser msr)or cooper m&s).anyone that lives in a region where all four seasons come and go should know this already.quit yer bitchin and use your heads for something other than a hat rack.its a rat race out here and my tire are always gonna win.why cause I dont act silly and think these are snow tires(see above for snow tire recommendations).we will see what tread wear is like which is the reason I purchased these to start with then tread(look awesome for rain)then price.
Last year was the first year to ever use winter tires on any car (a 2005 Taurus wagon with Hankook W409's) and the improvement over the all-season Bridgestone Turanza's was amazing. Trying to climb moderate hills on frosty or icy roads from a dead stop was literally impossible with the Bridgestone's but trivial with the Hankooks. When we got the new Taurus we immediately went for Hankooks, but the W409 was not available to fit our car, so we "gambled" on the RW11's.
So far these tires are responding very well for Vancouver-Fraser Valley weather. Work well in wet and dry, with temps in the -2 to +10 C range, similar to the all-season Michelins it came with. Noise doesn't seem to be an issue, but the car is extremely quiet inside anyway, so it is difficult to tell. Handling is a little less precise, but still very good. Ride/comfort is about the same as the stock tires. Tire wear is not noticeable at this point.
No snow to speak of in my area, so can't really comment on that - I am giving Hankook the benefit of doubt with my rating, based on the way the W409's worked last year, since they seem to be performing the same way in all other respects.
The biggest challenge is the early morning frost on our very, very steep driveway and so far it has been a breeze. I was surprised when I had to walk down the driveway and just slid to the bottom - no clue from the way the car eased up the hill with absolutely minimal fuss. Impressive tire to me so far. My wife is convinced Hankook makes the best tires in the world. I am thrilled to find winter tires actually work as promoted.
For my car and the way I drive, an excellent choice. I would give 5 stars across the board, but this is only the first season with them and the weather has been relatively mild.
Some of the negative comments are simply bizarre...I'm glad I did not let them change my decision to get these tires (or the W409's).