Originally posted by d4d4d4d4
I Like previously stated, snow tires on a Subaru are way over kill for getting around.
They're not. As was opined above, snow tires (with or without studs) make a huge improvement in braking.
Most of the accidents I see here in the NW are due to SUV drivers that figure out they can accelerate hard in snow due to 4WD and then hit something because they can't stop.
Certainly an all season tire will let you "get around" but the extra grip from snow tires is way more than 2% above an all season tire.
Using a Hakka 1 or Q or a Blizzak WS or MZ series provides an bigger margin of safety.
A tire I'll be checking out is the new Blizzak LM22. It seems like a sportier version of the previous MZ series but not as soft and not as good grip on ice, a bit more like the Michelin Arctic Alpins.