The full results are available (Winter Testing at the Arctic Circle: Suddable Winter/Snow), but let's look at a simple chart that shows which tire performs best. The higher number in the table below shows the best score.
|ABS Ice Braking||134.2%||100.0%|
|Ice Handling Lap||110.8%||100.0%|
|ABS Dry Road Braking||94.8%||100.0%|
|ABS Wet Road Braking||95.3%||100.0%|
|Traction-Assisted Snow Acceleration||103.5%||100.0%|
|ABS Snow Braking||99.6%||100.0%|
|Traction-Assisted Ice Acceleration||122.9%||100.0%|
|Overall Subjective Ice Handling||7.50||7.00|
This test gives us some specific data on the General AltiMAX Arctic with studs and without studs. We also can see some trends with a studded tire vs. non-studded. The studded tires do well in icy conditions during acceleration and braking. They do have some fall off in dry and wet braking/acceleration.
If studs are selected, Tire Rack will install them for $15 per tire. Double check your state laws to make sure it is still legal to use studded tires. Many states have reduced the seasonal time to use studs as they create more noise, and are harder on roads.