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Re: What ires work well in hard and soft snow?
I drive about 1/2 the year on snow and ice. If you aren't running studs, the BFG ATs are a good choice. Myself, I prefer the Goodyear Workhorse Extra Grip, preferably with studs. Hakepletas (sp?) are a good choice, and on cars Goodyear has the Ultra Grip Ice tire in both studded and unstudded versions (my wife's plymouth breeze is running the studded version, and they are incredible!). I've run a large selection of tires on snow and ice, and I've found the workhorses to be the best overall compromise--they have decent clearing ablility for wet snow, are great in dry snow, and have good traction on ice--superior with studs. My current set are on their third winter. They were originally on my wife's fullsize bronco, but I kept them for my Ranger when we sold the bronco. They've worn like iron, and still are about 85% tread or better. Again, bear in mind, I live in Alaska, and these are the tires I run from freeze up to break up. In warmer climes where you aren't ALWAYS on snow and ice for 5-6months, I'd probably go with the BFG ATs as well, running MTs in the summer.
It's all a state of mind, and if you don't mention the state of my mind, I'll be happy to overlook yours!