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Old 11-21-2019, 03:37 PM   #7427
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Originally Posted by PDXGSXR View Post
Was reading the thread and see a lot of tire options but seems like the Pirelli Sottozero 3's have fallen out of favor a bit in the recommendations.

Just want to throw those out there again for the people looking for a performance winter tire. I just ordered my second set after three seasons of many ski trips and drives over the passes here in the Northwest - IE snow, ice, slush, wet snow, dry snow, deep snow, thin snow and everything in between.

The Pirellis have had great traction in all of the above but retain plenty of dry/wet grip/handling - the steering response is better than my old Conti DW's in fact. W/ Subaru AWD and low weight/CG in these cars I don't see any reason to go with a more aggressive snow tire unless you live above the snow line or in a place that sees regular freezing rain etc.

They stand up to a bit of hard driving as well but be aware that with the soft compound you risk damaging/smearing the siping if you really push it regularly (especially in warmer temps) - as is the case with all winter tires.
Glad to read this, as I just had these tires delivered. I wanted a performance winter tire- had Hankook iPikes before, but my climate was always plowed roads or slushee snow. They were too soft for those roads, I anticipate the Sottozeros will be perfect for minimal snow/slush/paved roads and cold temps.
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