We live in Georgia and make an annual holiday run in mid-December up to Montreal, Quebec, to visit family for several weeks. The last half of the long drive, and our many errand trips for our non-driving relatives (who often greet us with a long list!), have occasionally been moderately to extremely terrifying when we've kept all-season tires on our cars and the weather has been bad (even though I'm an experienced winter driver from Chicago). We've thus switched to using winter tires for the trip, even though we're probably the only GA Peanuts who own such tires. This is our second set of X-Ice tires, moving from the 2s to 3s this time, and I can say they provide a stark contrast to all-season tires on ice and in snow. I can't credibly compare them to other brands, but can definately say that it's well worth the investment when the path from your point A and B involves roads with ice and snow. They're also perfectly adequate during the warm-weather portion of our highway drive. I don't believe they're as good as our all-seasons for cornering, braking, or hydroplaning, but they are pretty close, and I drive prudently in light of those potential limitations. But that difference is minor; the difference under winter conditions is dramatic. All in all, well worth the investment, even for our extremely limited use over about five years with a car that's not designed (too low!) for deep snow.