For all of you running the AS3 + tires just know that they are discontinued and are replaced by the PSAS4 which are even better. Better in all respects including treadwear.
Had a set of "performance winters" sottozero 3's and they were quite great, didnt feel like I was giving up anything in the dry and the snow performance was excellent (Golf R).Performance winter tires? I don't think so. Going on a limb and guessing you've never tried a set of performance winters...
I don’t think I ever owned a set of winters that weren’t noisy lolHad a set of "performance winters" sottozero 3's and they were quite great, didnt feel like I was giving up anything in the dry and the snow performance was excellent (Golf R).
I think the tradeoff was that the tread life wasn't anything amazing and there was a bit of extra noise, as to be expected.
Those VikingContact7s are supposed to be really great. Among the best in the Euro winter tire tests when they came out a couple years ago.I bought a set of Conti Viking7 (16") and they are pretty good. I actually had a good test - 30 miles to the tire place in bad weather and 34 degree weather. 30 miles back in the Conti's and I was sold.
There was one hill that many couldn't go up - they'd get halfway up and either end up in the ditch or slide back down. The Alltrack with the Conti's had no issues.
I was sold on snows 20 years ago and while no-seasons will do, the swap to snows is a huge improvement, but it really depends on your requirements and if you can stay home when the weather gets dicey.
The Blizzaks are great tires but are less snowy than the Contis. I need to be able to go most anywhere anytime, so I opted for the Contis on 16's - otherwise I would have gotten the Blizzaks on 17's. In cold temps, snow and ice, the Conti's are better, but when it comes to warmer temps (50+) and spirited driving, the Blizzaks are better.T
Those VikingContact7s are supposed to be really great. Among the best in the Euro winter tire tests when they came out a couple years ago.
I really wanted to try them, but the Blizzak WS90s were quite a bit cheaper. Can’t go wrong with the Blizzaks, but I still kind of wish I’d tried the Contis.