I put four of these tires on a 2014 Toyota Corolla LE model. Have driven them on dry pavement, wet pavement, snow, and ice. The handling on dry and wet pavement feels like an all-season tire (good traction on both). The snow traction is good as well, provided I am driving at a speed proper for the condition (lower than the speed limit).
Where these tires shined for me was ICE. We had an ice storm here in the northwest, and the temperature hovered around 24-28 degrees for the whole weekend. Rain started falling and froze on the roads, creating about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch layer of ice everywhere. If I kept my speed to about 30-40 MPH on the freeway (reasonable for the conditions), I was able to keep excellent traction even in high wind. My traction control never activated ONCE. Coming to a stop at an off-ramp (downward angle) felt very safe (no sideways sliding at all). The only time I slipped (slightly) was in making a sharp turn (90 degree angle). My car did slide a bit, but I regained traction rapidly and continued on my way. The key for me was to slow down prior to entering the turn, below the speed of which I would normally make a turn on dry pavement.
Overall, I LIKE these tires a lot. If you are careful to drive for the conditions (meaning reduce your speed below what you would drive in a sunny day in July) you will have no problem at all with traction on SNOW or ICE. These tires gave me a BIG boost in confidence even when I am terrified of driving in snowy or icy conditions.
No tires will make up for bad driving habits in the winter time, but if you are careful to SLOW DOWN when conditions warrant, these tires will help you make it to your destination safely.
The tires are a month old on my car and we've experienced our first major snowfall yesterday. With my corolla, I was able to plow through fresh snow and compacted snow! I parked on the side street and my car was trapped within a snow bank after a snow plow passed and by golly, I was out of there like there was no snow. On dry pavement, the handling is slightly worse than my all-seasons, but by far, in the snow, it handles so well: I steer with one hand on fresh or compacted snow alike. Braking under snowy conditions is excellent! I failed to see a stop sign once, and suddenly braked; I was pleasantly surprised that the car stopped in a jiffy. I would've easily shot through that stopped sign had I not have these tires on. I never expected to like these tires as much as I liked my Blizzaks WS70 but I must say, I'm beyond impressed. I would buy another set right now if I have to.
These tires are really good. In snow, ice, dry or wet pavement. The ride confort is very good + the noise is pretty good too. I used to have General Artic witch were very good tires but I can easily say that these are equivalent in winter conditions but a lot quieter overall and lot less fuel consuming than the General's.
I would recommend these anytime.
The tires were purchased in early October when it was still relatively warm. I was first impressed by how quiet they are and how good they feel on the road. By early November the temperatures were dipping and there were several days when the roads were wet or slightly snow-covered and slippery. Some cars were in the ditch. My tires stuck like glue.
Tonight was the final test. I live in Barrie Ontario (i.e. in the snow-belt) and as I write this review we are caught in the middle of a Georgian Bay streamer. The conditions are blizzard-like and the snow is DEEP. I live half way up a very steep hill. While other cars were crawling up the hill in the plowed center lane, I cruised by them in the unplowed curb lane... in DEEP snow..... without a problem. I am ecstatic! I had read some reviews about ExtremeWinterContacts from people with smaller diameter wheels like mine and some commented that the tires were bad in deep snow. My worries are over. These tires are all around great!
The only thing that I cannot comment on is the tread wear as I haven't had them long enough. I rated the tread wear 3/5 as I could not submit this review without rating it. It could be better, it could be worse. I shall let you know.