I bought these tires in the summer, super great handling on a hot dry summer day, but like the previous reviews, wet traction is horrible. I had my first snow here in NM, and im worried because my traction light flashes constantly. My previous Capital Sport UHP tires never slipped or flashed my traction light in winter, so Im a little disapointed in these tires for being rated all season. But i would recommend it to those who are not going to see much snow or rain.
I bought 4 GSi-5 tires for the 1st winter, and they are great if there's snow, and ok if it's just wet. They handle dry roads a lot better if it's cold out, although I recognize that mine are 65 series. At the start of the car's 4th winter I bought two more, to replace the most worn, and this (beginning the 5th) winter I have just bought two more. Because my now-discontinued Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires were less than satisfactory in any snow, I put my snow tires on early, and leave them on until the end of April; the result is my GSi-5 tires' life has suffered. I recently found out that an even 6/32" of remaining tread depth is way past this tire's minimum winter performance level, and they have no grip left in the wet, and a lot less than what is needed for snow. I am looking forward to having 4 good tires again this winter, for the car that the entire family drives.
Great tires, bought 2 times, drove 4 seasons. I had spiked.
Winters were very snowy, and I never got stuck in a snowdrift. To slush behave perfectly. On wet pavement, and brakes operated perfectly. Silent. Thorns does not lose. Very durable, Ice saws, chainsaw. My car Ford focus ST 225 HP and the Mazda 3 MPS 263 HP
It was in Russia.
I am going in to my second winter with these tires and they are great. I live in Northern BC so we get rain, tons of snow (with very little highway maintenance), black ice, freezing rain and these tires have seen me safely through it all. I had a little slippage on corners but it corrected very easily, also got stuck once, but that was due to several inches of snow on top of a thick layer of ice and trying to take off from a stop.
Great tire for wet or dry, on warm (22c) or cold (-5c) days, but completely useless in either a light dusting of snow, or 1-2" of both fresh snow or packed snow. Getting started and crossing an intersection in snow takes forever; braking distances were unpleasantly long; turning on city streets required slowing to a crawl and praying. When driving is any depth of snow, I had constant violent traction control intervention, when driving or starting, and ABS everywhere when braking.