Originally Posted by pwain
Just moved to Winchester, VA. Having spent my entire in the south, I have no clue what snow is.
Last year's mild winter aside. Are winter tires the way to go? I have a set of Hankook iPike 409's ready to go when my Subaru gets here at the end of the month. My plan was to mount them mid November (or if it snows before then).
People at work tell me I am crazy and the tread pattern on the iPike looks pretty serious. Obviously the OE summer tires are not the way to go, but is my current plan overkill?
Yes winters are the way to go. Are the 409's (Korean copy of the Hakka 5) over kill? Not really, unless you plan to run them with studs all winter long. With where Winchester sits, there's a fair likely hood of a few decent storms. If you are at all thinking of going into the WV/Western MD mountains, you'll be glad to have them.