Originally Posted by Xela
I own these tires. They are my year-round tires for my non-ski vehicle. I like them. I wouldn't dream of using them in the snow without chains. I also own General Altimax Arctics which are my winter tires for my ski vehicle. Examining these two models of tires with my own hands and eyes tells me that there's no comparison. The compound is different, the tread depth is different, the proportion of voids is different, and one has sipes.
On the DWS's, I've had these tires for 3 seasons of which two had really good snow falls enough and a ice storm of the likes that I've never seen.
During the first 2 seasons the snow and ice grip wasn't bad at all (I would say if anything slightly below winter tires) the third season close to about 20%-25% thread left with "S" barely visible at the start of the winter season, traction was down and you could feel the difference in the rubber on the cold. Enough to make one go "Hmmmm, maybe I should get new tires, but keeping the money for skiing you know, I just have to drive better "
Now I'm close to 10% left +/- and the "S" is gone and well into the "W" and you can feel the rubber is hard even on dry. Considering the tires have 90K km (about 55K mile) and they are V rated I'm impressed. I'll be fair and say I am a spirited driver.
The tires will be changed before the snow falls.
BTW I do carry chains but have had yet to use them even in 3 to 4" of snow this season during the most recent season (to be fair, 4" was pushing the limit and was on the verge of putting on chains however it was only a short distance about 1200 yards).
Have to say I've bought several different tires from Tirerack. The performance reviews and customer comments are actually pretty good indicator as to what you can expect from a tire.