Is slush the toughest condition for a snow tire, even a full on winter tire like a Blizzak? I have found slush to be the only road condition that I have poor grip. It makes sense to me, I intuit the reasons, but I don't know, and don't know the details in play. anyone have the information? I'd be so appreciative, thinking that if I understand how that is working, I can drive it better. starting the reasoning, the sipes aren't going to be doing much, nor will studs. some snows have pretty small lugs, to advantage in some conditions, but not going to let slush push through. and so on. thanks.
I wouldn't drive my truck with large lugged off road tires on the highway on snow pack or ice, but if it's slushy, I can cruise at 65 in up to ~6 inches of the slushiest slush before I can even tell the road isn't dry. Even great winter tires like the blizzak and particularly the x-ice have a very closed tread pattern, no where for slush to go, which is why my mudders work so well in it. Tire manufacturers generally try to come up with the best compromise between winter weather performance and dry road manners, I don't care about noise, ride comfort, being able to drive over 99 mph on dry roads or tread squirm, I just want to stick to the road. I usually try to get the snow tire (not performance winter or winter) with the most open tread pattern and squarest shoulder lugs I can.
Just like all seasons and summer tires, not all winter tires are created equally.