This is the Most Boring Snow Tire I have ever driven on in 40 years of driving!
I picked the unstudded Altimax Artic tires up at the Tire Rack Connecticut Distribution Center only yesterday, and as I was getting them installed found out we were getting snow last night. I work nights about 25 miles away, and the drive is on a rural state highway which is narrow, with lots of hills, curves, areas where water pools, and a high crown in the center of the road, typically in snow, there are a lot of accidents on this road.
I made two trips on this road last night the first in about 3 of snow with ice underneath, and the second after the snow had changed to rain and was a heavy wet slush. I drove at the posted speed limit without a slip or, a slide, with only the slightest degradation in traction both ways, there is no need for studs with this tire. In the heavy wet slush the road was still quite well covered with tire grooves in the snow, when going out of the groove typically you will get quite a bit of a hooking pull, with these tires the pull was non-existent, and all that was noticeable was a slight increase in rolling resistance on that side with easy steering either across the mound or, back into the groove. This tire is amazing, and by far the best winter tire I have ever driven on, exceeding the confidence level experienced in my 4WD Ramcharger in snow.
In addition to the trip to and from work I drove quite a few miles while working to pick up parts I needed for a project. All in all, it was a very boring maiden voyage, with the only annoyance being cars on lessor tires that were in my way.
The car is a 99 Nissan Maxima GLE I recently purchased used, and in another storm earlier this year on all season radiala the handling could best be described as evil, treacherous, and where the -------- is the accident going to be, because there was going to be one. The transformation was amazing!
Would I buy these tires again? -------- Yea!