I've heard good things about Michelin's snow track, and ice track. I'm not sure if I'm naming them quite correctly, but I do remember that the "ICE" tire was more expensive but was better at stopping sooner.
I had wanted the Dunlop Graspic D1 because friends of mine in snowy New Brunswick claimed they are the best combination snow ice tire. Turns out they don't make 205/60R16 though in the Graspic. I have had Michelin X-Ice on a couple of vehicles. They are good on ice, not great in snow and they wearout quickly.
I took a look at the Goodyear Ultra Grip 7 today (brand new design). It is a directional tire with a very impressive looking tread design. I am booked in on Monday for installation. I'm not sure how much they cost. The leasing company pays the cost.
I have 6500km on the new Goodyear Ultragrip 7 winter/ice tires. So far so good. The tread pattern is like a water tire. (hydro edge) Pitty help anyone who gets behind me on a wet road. The water flys off these tires. We haven't had enough snow to give them a good snow driving test yet.
FF : Latest Tire update. The Goodyear Ultragrip 7 winter/ice tires are wearing unevenly. They are scalping. I had the dealer check the alignment it is OK. Goodyear is going to replace the tires with Ultragrip 3's. The same tire used by the RCMP. I hope this corrects the problem.
I love my Michelin X-Ice, grip all the way in snow. Not too bad on ice either, and they're nott too expensive. I paid $96 each mounted and balanced. They hold up good on dry pavement too, don't wear out too quickly.
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