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Old 11-08-2018, 08:57 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by get_schwifty View Post
Of course then there are the downsides. Summer tires tend to wear quicker and may have much shorter treadlife warranties. As summer tires lack the siping patterns that provides a substantial portion of the snow traction, they should not be used at all during winter precipitation. Performance degrades as the temperature falls, and using summer tires in very bitter cold could risk damage to the tire. (While UHP all-seasons offer better cold performance than a summer tire, they can still lose quite a lot of performance in crazy cold - based on your location, I am guessing this is not a major risk for you.)
Those aren't substantial downsides really. You can get 30k out of good max performance summers (the class of tire the WRX comes with). Paired with a winter wheel and tire set you can double the time you would otherwise have if you ran one set year round AND you don't give up performance.

UHP all seasons under perform in the cold compared to any winter tire, and under perform compared to any max performance summer tire in the warm. By performance I mean braking capability especially in the wet.

A/S's are compromise tires at best. If you've got a standard grocery getter, it's fine. But a performance car really does need the best gripping tires for your budget for the conditions. So you can't afford two sets of wheels and tires, you're going to be spending a good deal on the best all out A/S's out there.

I'd recommend Michelin A/S3+'s. But I hope you don't get more than very light snow.
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