I live in North Bay Ontario, where it is -30 to -40C from Dec 20 to Feb 20 most years. We get weekly snow storms of 30+cm dumpings and these tires are the BEST at icy, snowy conditions and performs really really well on dry and wet pavement. I've put on about 28000km on them so far, rotating them every 8000km and the wear is hardly noticeable. They are the most quiet "agressive" tires I've owned in years and are pretty smooth, considering the pattern.
Just got the tires rotated for the first time at 20K miles. They have been great so far, quiet and handle really well. I bought my Explorer last year brand new and opted to goith just FWD instead of 4x4 (Any good driver knows that 4x4 is unecessary especially in the snow), we also live in the Ottawa area of Canada and get some of the worst winter weather. These tires i would reccomend to anyone, looks like the tread will last until 60-80 K miles easily before needing to be replaced. I did not know that they stopped making them, that is a shame!