Originally Posted by maxnix
Best to remember that "all season" is a marketing euphemism for compromised summer performance tire and not a very good snow tire.
If you want the best of both worlds, it is best to get a tire for each.
I have seen this said so many times... First off I will say yes snow/ice tires are the best winter tires you will be able to put on your car........ On the other hand when I was in germany. I was driving on my Goodyear LS-2 all season tires and I decided to see how well everything worked. (stability control, traction control, etc.) I tried launching my car and I will tell you I had almost no slipping at all with stability control on and 2-3 inches of snow and slush on the road. Then on the same tires (now 3/4 worn or even more) last winter when we had an ungodly amount of snow in the maryland northern virginia area my all season tires did just fine keeping up with giant SUVs and 4X4 trucks without feeling unsafe. My suggestion is if you grew up driving on snow and ice every winter you will be fine with an all season tire.