I've always been a Blizzak guy as far as winter tires were concerned, but this season I decided to go with the Xi3s not only because the reviews of their winter condition performance were great, but also because the reviews of their dry road performance were exceptional. I normally drive on dry paved roads and see snow and ice conditions only when I hit the ski hills twice a month or so.
Well, I've driven on these tires now for almost two months and can say they are outstanding. In dry conditions, the tires handle much the same as all-season tires with just a touch more "squish" to them. The noise levels are practically the same (maybe even lower?) as all-seasons and are not worth mentioning.
More importantly, in snow and ice, they perform just as well as the highly regarded Blizzaks. One trip to the ski hills saw heavy snow conditions dumping about 15cm of new snow on the ground. About a dozen or so vehicles were stuck or slipping on the steep climb up to the ski resort but my FWD corolla had no problems whatsoever, albeit driving in low gear. The parking lot was unplowed but the tires rode like they were on rails and got me to where I needed to go, safe and sound.
I've had no qualms with Blizzaks when it came to its handling in snow and ice but I find its dry road behavior just a bit lacking. With the Xi3s giving me the same amount of confidence in winter conditions as the Blizzaks and superior comfort and ride in dry conditions, Michelin has won me over as a new loyal customer.