This is a very high quality tire. The compound used in making the tire is very good as to it has great dry traction as well as wet/snow. many snow tires have terrible dry traction. Also, it does very well in light snow and wet situations. However, it is not meant for deep snow driving, as to the tread style is not meant for this. This is a perfect tire for those living in larger cities with alot of snow (and snow removal abilities). It is not good for countryside, as to the snow removal might be limited. Tires also have rim protection which keeps your rim safe in case you scrap a curb while parking. Tires are also very quite (same as my all-season tires) and create no extra fuel consumption. Overall the price premium is worth it as to not only does this tire perform well, it also looks good.