When new, this tire would take me places in 2wd I couldn't go in 4wd, on my old tires (wranglers). Almost as good as dedicated ice tires when brand new, but quickly lose that extra edge. The rubber seems soft, just like dedicated ice tires, my Hankooks lasted 105,000 km, my wranglers 80,000 km. These have only lasted 60,000, but they were so excellent, I would buy them again, if they still the size for my truck. They cut your gas mileage, big lugs and soft rubber will do that, and they are noisier than road tires, but that is a compromise you make if you want good snow traction, and drive through 2 feet of snow regularly.