I am rating the previous tread pattern, not the newest. I went with these tires after previously only using Pirelli PZero Nero M+S. I like the Continental ExtremeContact all-season tires better than the Pirellis all around. In snow, the Pirellis are better, have better grip and stopping in light and deeper snow. By light snow I mean <5 inches, and deeper snow >5 inches -- since my car only has 5-inches of ground clearance, it becomes a snow plow pretty quickly in deeper show anyway (that's when I drive the 96 Ford Ranger 4x4). Otherwise, the Continentals lasted longer, definitely had better performance in the wet, and at least comparable performance (including cornering for my driving style) in the dry. And, the Contis were quieter. I am getting a set of the new DSW ContiExtremeContacts this week ... hopefully more of the same.