Just trying to understand the logic. I am not the most competent snowy weather driver but can get from A to B, but what do you mean by performance in the snow? For example I bought the DWS because they are supposed to be good year round, not very bad in the snow also. I have tracked them and they do well. I just get this image in my head of you driving as you would on a 60 degree sunny day but in the snow.F.D. Sako said:I went with Pirelli Sottozero 240's in 255/45/18, paired with SVE Drifts in 18x9.5.
I chose the Pirelli's over the Blizzaks, because the Pirellis were designed with handling in mind, which are listed as Performance Winter tires.
The Blizzaks had square edges compared to the rounded edges of the Pirellis. However, the Blizzaks probably grip better than the Pirellis in snowy/icy conditions. But my major concerns were low temps and mild snow/ice.
Another dictating factor when I chose these tires was that the boss was my DD and I had to drive it all year round. So, I didn't want to sacrifice too much handling in the winter.
But for what you're looking for, you might get a better use out of decent all-season tires.
Brandon302 said:Just trying to understand the logic. I am not the most competent snowy weather driver but can get from A to B, but what do you mean by performance in the snow? For example I bought the DWS because they are supposed to be good year round, not very bad in the snow also. I have tracked them and they do well. I just get this image in my head of you driving as you would on a 60 degree sunny day but in the snow.
F.D. Sako said:There's a tire category out there that is called performance winter, which doesn't offer as much snow grip as the usual winter tire, but compromises less in handling. In my situation, we don't get alot of snow here in MD, so we usually have the low temps and rain. Since I DD'd the boss, I wanted tires that offered good handling, but still could withstand the low temps and the occasional snow.
here's a pic of the BLizzak LM-60 and the Pirelli Sottozero 240. You can see the outer threads are rounded on the Pirelli, and kind of square on the Blizzaks. That makes a noticeable difference in handling.
And no, I dont drive like it's sunny out in the snow lol!
Boro, I've seen MD use both salt and sand to with snow. I've even had to pass the trucks that distribute the rock hard salt, which bombarded my car.. twice! luckily I got no scratches or dents.
My logic for driving the boss in the winter is that I still have a loan on the car. Might as well enjoy it year round, instead of letting it sit while I pay for it. Also, I dont have a garage lol.
Brandon302 said:How horrible of an idea is it to go square with all seasons if you end up seeing snow? I only ask because I would like to run 285's so I can rotate them, might look silly on the stock rims but if it allows me to even out the tire wear then I am fine with it.
boro92 said:If you end up seeing snow, why not go square 255 or narrower?
I would not run 285s in the snow--good winter tires or not. If we're talking strictly winter setups, definitely go with narrow rubbers. And yes, agreed that square would probably work out fine.