Stop reading reviews and buy these tires. You will not be disappointed. As far as tread life goes, I lost 1/32 of an inch after 7k miles and admittedly I drove like a bit of a jerk sometimes, I was thinking the rear tires would be bald by the time I got done doing some donuts on dry pavement. Looks like these tires will be dry rotting before I can actually wear the tread down since I only need them on for 4.5 months out of the year.
As far as handling in snow, they were absolutely brilliant on my rear wheel drive car. The most snow I got to drive in was about 3.5 so nothing crazy but I was never slowed down thanks to these tires. At the same time, if you really just want to have fun, the tires are perfectly fine with letting you do just that, just increase your throttle inputs.
Traction in heavy rain conditions is way better than I could have asked for. Much better than my summer tires on DRY pavement.
I don't usually bother writing reviews but I'm obviously very enthusiastic about these tires so I felt it was worth the time to help others out. BUY THE TIRES.