I'm a newcomer to the Light Truck/SUV segment.
A while ago, a fellow BL/BP-chassis Legacy enthusiast pointed me to this article, which I then discussed with Luke
(NASIOC tire consultant and their resident Subaru expert) at TireRack, when the latter brought up the fact that the 265/65-17 sized Goodyear Fortera Triple Treads qualifies for the "Snowflake on the Mountain" symbol..... and it's an all-season tire
Wheels.ca - New winter tire logo losing market value - Canada's Most Trusted Auto Resource
I then posted:
I am starting to fear that many of us were taking the "snowflake on the mountain" symbol for-granted, and now that more and more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of winter tires, that manufacturers are also taking advantage of this to further their profits - and turning this symbol into the new "M+S."
I guess now it's more important than ever to seek expert advice, as well as review as many sources of comparison-testing as we can (i.e. ADAC, Canadian, Finnish, Swedish), in order to insure that we are indeed shopping smart!
To which Luke
I have seen that article and could not agree with it more. The one thing it does not address is that the all-season tires with the severe snow/Alpine rating do perform much better than their counterparts which do not meet the needed requirements for the rating. I wasw not tryign to say the Fortera TT I posted about is as good as a winter tire ut, it is a very good all-season tire.
With that as prelude:
What's got my brain grinding around now - and what I would like help with, seeing that I'm a newcomer to this segment/genre - is how some of the more aggressively off-road "patterned" LT/SUV tires may compare to passenger tires that carry the "Snowflake on the Mountain" symbol, and are known to be good "performance-winter/studless-ice & snow" tires, such as the Hankook IceBear W300, Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D, Michelin X-Ice Xi2, or Bridgestone Blizzak WS60, etc.
Yes, I know that my question comprises two strata of "snow" tires - that of "performance winters" and then of "studless ice & snow."
But given that this is an overall broad question, I figured that someone trying to answer would be able to tackle it all in one shot.
Oh, and to frame the question/answer:
I'm not looking for "wintertime fun."
The FXT is my wife's daily-driver, and I'm looking for tires that will enhance her safety envelope under such weather conditions, for which NE-Ohio is unfortunately rather known for.
To-wit, for the winter, her outgoing vehicle, an '05 WRX sedan, was fitted with 215/50/17 Michelin Xi2s.