The pole positions are easily $200/set more than the contis, and I have to buy two sets of tires keep in mind. If I was ok in paying upwards of $186/tire I would just spend the extra $50 and get a set of the super sports.
But for a DD summer tire, I don't see a huge difference between the two, except the price. I'm not tearing it up on the road every day to the point of where I will really 'feel' the difference in sidewall stiffness. On the course, maybe, but neither of the tires are a track tire and neither will put me in first, or last place.
I'm still hoping to pick up another set of wheels that can be designated for track use. Throw some super sticky tires on those, done. But that is not a priority.
I have the ipikes as my designated snows, too. Go on in November/December, come off in March/April. LOVE them. They suck on dry pavement, but then again its a snow tire and not made for taking tight turns. But damn, they will keep you on the road in heavy snow and worth every penny. I think this is my third winter with them, plenty more to go too.