I am a spirited driver and enjoy driving a few MPH over the speed limit to keep things interesting. The Hydroedge is not a performance all season tire but I was amazed by the wet and dry grip and even wear of this tire. They inspire confidence and break progressively when cornering very fast. I had 92,000 miles on the Hydroedges so I was looking for a replacement. I read great reviews and test scores on the Triple Tread. I was also persuaded away from Michelin Hydroedges by the $50 rebate and the snow traction reviews. The noise issue with directional treads was not a factor for me at all but the Goodyears were supposed to be quieter. They are not. The ride was harsher than the Hydroedge, and found myself dropping tire pressure to 32psi for comfort. Even though Hydroedges have a very firm ride, I never considered it harsh. Because I look for high fuel mileage in my Jetta TDI,I inflate the Hydroedges to 40 psi.I cannot do this with the Goodyears. Because of this, cornering suffers. Turn in feels good, but half way through the turn the tires get squirrely to the point where it is uncomfortable and I have to back off. There is not the same level of confidence with the Goodyear. Also, because of the rounded side tread,after aggressive driving you can see the wear patterns on the top edge of the tire. I initially considered returning them under the 30 day return policy, but decided that it was too much of a hassle to have them unmounted, etc. After 5000+ miles the tire either the ride has improved a bit or have I gotten used to the feel but the cornering is still not there. Both of these tires are not high performance, but the Michelins are more of a performance tire than the Goodyear. My wife's Grand Prix and my company van have Hydroedges, and I prefer the ride in both to my Jetta. Which is sad, because I loved the ride with the Hydroedge. Even though the Goodyears are good tires, I will sell the them on craigslist & go for the Hydroedge Green very soon.