I live in Calgary and this is my second set. My first set was on a Maxima that I had to drive a lot of highway on, this new set in on a new Tacoma.
I wanted a tire that was studdable to try out, after lots of arguments with myself and others I decided to go with what I know is a good performer, this time I was to stud it.
So far the overall performance is what I expected, very predictable and very little sliding, even off road on pure ice under packed snow.
That said I've seen lots of KW11's that don't age well. Once they hit 6/32 they are effectively done.
I'd recommend this tire for anyone budget oriented, studding isn't for everyone, but it makes it perform like a 300$ tire.
I've driven mostly highway so far and the first 1000 km of the studs have been very quiet. Not sure how next winter will be.