Having moved from San Diego to Seattle the ContiSportContact2 that came on my wife's GTI just wasn't cutting it in the wet PNW. After doing a ton of research it came down the ExtremeContact DWS or the Dunlop PZeroNero All Season. I've had 3 sets of the Nero M&S on my BMW and was really happy with them, but in the end I thought I would go for the Conti's. I've only put on about 400 miles, but can give those considering these tires some stuff to think help. I'd say I'm a spirted driver, Seattle folks might call me aggressive, but come on the left lane is for passing and not for you to try and make us all obey the speed limit. Sorry I digress. The reviews I've read are right on, but moving from a summer tire to these All Seasons I've definitely noticed some performance loss. Mainly with a softer sidewall the tires flexes more than the previous tires. Not to bad, but noticeable. Wet is really where this tire shines, you feel completely planted like there isn't any rain or that the ground is even wet. I've only pushed it a little, but it gives you great confidence. Snow, last winter the summer tires couldn't even get through 3 inches of snow so I'm hoping for a big improvement. I also noticed the numb spot the test results were talking about and it happens most driving at freeway speeds, but I only really noticed it for a couple of days and I you get use to it. Bottom line, great tires for price and tread life is awesome. Btw, the ride is much smoother with the DWS and now a conversation can be heard without yelling on Seattle freeways. For those who have not been to Seattle, the freeways are horrible from people putting on studded tires. I'm sure they are the same drivers that won't get over to the right, the LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING.