The Winterforce snow tire performed extremely well throughout a Michigan winter, and should be good for another season.
My husband has a 365-day-a-year, 125-mile paper route, in Michigan. It’s also an early morning route, so he is often out before the snowplows. He also drives a small car, and this year he decided that he had to have snow tires, not just all-season radials, to be able to be more sure of getting through.
These are made by Bridgestone, and claim to have ”directional, computer-modeled tread design” and to deliver “confident snow, wet and ice traction. The Winterforce provides a quiet and comfortable ride regardless of the weather conditions.”
We are no tire experts, but we can tell you our experience. Hubby only got stuck once during the entire season, and that’s because he sometimes insists on trying to bulldoze through those two-foot drifts. Snow tires won’t fix that! He was able to get himself out of several places where he was almost stuck, and certainly would have been with the regular tires. He reports that they had excellent traction even in 6-8" inches of new snow.
He thinks that the rubber on these tires feels softer than most tires, and I tend to agree. We don’t really know what that might mean, but perhaps it has to do with the traction.
He tends to be a fanatic about getting the tires rotated every 5000 miles, and it pays off. The cost of the tires from Midas included free rotation, so he only needs to be disciplined to have it done on time, which he is. He used these tires for four winter months, December through March, and they definitely have at least one more season of use in them, and are not unevenly worn at all.
Update On Dec 24, 2009: Solid ice this morning on the paper route. There was a bad accident on the freeway with lots of cars in the ditch around it from people who tried to avoid being involved. Hubby credits the tires with his success at not joining them.