These tires are better than average. Coming from the stock Dunlop SP Summer Sport tires to these winter tires I noticed a big change in handling and ride comfort. The noise level is higher but that was to be expected with switching to winter tires. The sidewall's seem a tad wider than the summer tires so they have a bit more give which softens the ride of a hair and decreases the handling a tad as well.
Overall I am happy with them. Winter tires are for winter and not for dry road handling performance. In the rain these tires are GREAT. The subaru does have AWD which helps but these tires just grab the road. I cant wait for some snow!
Also - Ordered these tires and they were at my house the next day and I paid standard shipping. Tire rack is just unbeatable when it comes to service and prices! Thanks Tire Rack!