I wanted winter tires that perform as well as my all season tires (Goodyear Tripletread on this car) in dry and wet winter conditions while having very good snow and ice performance. The Primacy Alpins certainly deliver. In dry and wet winter driving thay are very close to my Goodyear Tripletreads in noise, traction, braking and handling. In light snow they are very good and noticeably better than the Tripletreads. Their glare and black ice performance is again much better than the Tripletreads, but I rate it only as good. Changing tires twice a year (on three cars) is a pain, but the convenience, confidence and safety good winter tires deliver is well worth it.