We live in the :snow belt of New Hampshire. Not only do we see snowfalls measured in feet, but blowing snow, sleet and freezing rain is all too common. I've owned all the popular brands that promise the world, and charge about the same. I was disgusted in the hype when the performance was falling so far short of what was promised.
Then I bought the General Altimax Arctics. After the very first snowfall, my wife and I realized these low-priced snow tires were different. We both smiled as we trekked up and down snow covered hills and valleys with ease. The grip was incredible. As we continued with the Altimax Arctics, we found them really well-mannered on the bare streets and highways as well.
Fast forward 3 years to January 2013. A major snowstorm was predicted for the evening of the New England Patriots Playoff Game. My wife, kids & I left home to attend the Playoffs Party at friends of ours at the opposite end of the road. When we left our heated garage, the were 4 of fresh, heavy wet snow already on the ground. As we headed home later that evening, the snow was now at about 8, with no snow plow in-sight. Since we live at the top of the hill, the family set-out to travel home. I has a lot of confidence in the tires, but thought there was no way we would make it home, UPHILL THE ENTIRE RIDE, with the road not plowed. Not only did these tires get us there, they climbed the hill in our driveway as well! This is after clocking 25,000 miles on them.
We cannot say enough about these tires. We have since switched to General Tires for our other cars as well (Acura TL-s and BMW 330ci convertible.
IF YOU NEED SNOWS, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THESE GENERAL ALTIMAC ARCTICS! Sorry Blizzak's. Sorry Nokian Hakapalitas. Sorry Good Year & Michelin. General is tops in the snow!