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I see this is your first post, so welcome to the forum from Oregon! :wink:

That's kind of a personal preference & I'd guess you'll get lots of recommendations! I've been very happy with studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 4 winter tires. I believe they have a new version out now. They're on the spendy side, but very good on snow & ice (if studded). :smile:

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I'm pretty happy with the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D's that we have for both our '09 Forester and '06 Accord. We've had >46" of snow so far this month (ref: IAD), and they've been near flawless on the Subaru. Snow was too deep for a while to drive the Accord, but, once we were dug out, it too has been fine.

One note: The Dunlops are noisier then the OEM Yoko's on the Subaru, but quieter than the soon-to-be-replaced after-market crap tires (Douglas Sport GT-H) on the Honda when we bought it used.

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Hi and welcome!!

If you use the search option you will find an incredible amount of information on this topic.

I run Firestone Winterforce because my budget is puny, I do like them.
 

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I am really liking the General Altimax Arctics I picked up. Terrific improvement in traction over the oem all-seasons. Mine are not studded, that would probably be overkill where I live. Whatever winter tire you buy, if you wait near the end of the season (well I guess we're just about there!) you might get a pretty good deal. Good luck,
Steve
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I'm running the Xi2's myself down in Niagara and love them.
I've got them in 225/55-17 though...
Thanks for your feedback, storm coming our way this evening, will pick up the X-ice in a couple hours on black steel rims...though i wished i could have enjoyed the 17' alum longer, only 3rd day of ownership and will swap out nice alloys for winter steel..looking forward to April when i will put the alloys back on, wondering though if it's worth buying the subaru 16" wheel covers....do you have the steel wheels or alloys...?
 

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I am running the WS-60 and they are good, very good, under the right conditions. This winter it has been rather warmer than usual, with a lot more slush and the WS's have a hard time pumping that stuff out. They work much better when its colder out, say -10c or so like it was last winter.

On the other hand, my wife is thrilled with her studded General Altimax Arctics on the Sienna. I may go for these or something like it next for the Forester as they seem to be a well balanced, all purpose winter tire.

Anyway, that's my impressions so far!
 

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I bought a set of the General Altimax Arctic's yesterday at Canadian Tire. They are on sale this week for $124.49(regular $165.99):new_multi:. I had them mounted onto my steel winter rims. I'm hoping that I didn't jinx the weather by buying so soon, but whatever as I don't mind the snowy conditions:bananapowerslide:. I will post with my thoughts on the new snows when the time comes. I'm hoping they're much better than my Nordic Icetracks that I've had for the last 4 winters:icon_biggrin:. Now all I need to do is start looking for some Subaru alloy wheels to replace my steel wheels-they'll last 1, maybe 2 winters(rusting).
 
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