Originally Posted by Garrett
I know studded tires are way better on ice...but how are they going to hold up to MPH freeway cruising on dry roads?
Conventional wisdom is that studded tires are not recommended for speeds over 70 MPH or so without risk of some of the studs dislodging (I don't know what the actual science is).
There is no question that studded tires will stop much more quickly than any non-studded tire on ice. In Sweden and Finland icy conditions are a winter norm and 80% plus of drivers use studded tires there. Studded tires do sacrifice performance in rainy and dry conditions, noticeably at higher speeds compared to good unstudded winter tires and studded tires do not offer as smooth and quiet a ride.
It really comes down to what your local driving conditions typically are. If you are mostly driving on wet or dry roads with forays into the mountains on well plowed roads with some slush one type of tire may do best for for you. If you drive a four wheel drive or all-wheel drive other tires may do best. In icy conditions with a FWD or RWD, still others and so forth.
This may help explain why unstudded Blizzaks, for example, have fared poorly in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet's winter driving tests which are the largest and most meticulous conducted in Europe. However good Blizzaks are, they can not stop nearly as quickly or hold a turn as well as some of the top studded tires tested. However, if you are driving 85% of the time in Portland, Oregon where roads are wet or dry most of the time they might be the tire for you.
Studded tires are not P/C in certain communities. However, as Ghost's links point out, road wear and tear is not nearly the factor as they are thought to be by some and improvements in studs have been made to reduce such impact as they have.
You really need to analyze your typical local winter driving conditions in selecting a set of winter tires.