I drove studded snows for years, going up to the mountains every weekend. I hated the noise and the way they mess up the roads. I switched to KO2’s on 17’s several years ago and have been very pleased with them. They’re plenty aggressive in snow/ice/slush, yet I’m happy to keep them on all year.
I suppose if you’re looking to be a big-time backroads with three feet of snow kind of explorer, staying out for days or weeks, a gigantic snow tread with studs might be in order. Short of that, not worth the bother imho.
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