I love these tires. My previous tires(Mastercraft and Hankook), would initially begin spinning before they caught, whether the ground was dry or wet. The Continentals hold their ground with no spin. They make me feel very secure. Another bonus is the fact that these tires are relatively new for the Continental brand(I think the Pure design came out last September, so the tires were manufactured recently. In fact, according to the sidewall, mine were only three weeks old when they were put on my car. No problem with tires sitting around for months or years.
Before I bought these tires, my daughter wouldn't drive my car in the rain. Now, I can't keep her away from it. She noticed the vast improvement immediately.
I am sold on Continentals,(my wife's new Outback came with them, and this is how I was able to test them). In the future, this is the only tire I'll consider.