I have personally used this line of tires on two different vehicles and have family members that have shared similar experiences. These tires are more expensive than the other options available around $12 - 20 per tire. This extra upfront costs pay-off with the extra useful life. I'm defining useful life as both tread-wear and ride / traction performance.
The tread pattern is aggressive enough to provide additional traction in mild off-road environments, but not as much as a "mud & snow" tire.
Some of my friends and family has expressed frustrations of the tire noise on their vehicles, I have not experienced the same negative sound characteristics.
In comparison to the original equipment Goodyear Eagles LS and the Firestones, this is a fine product.