As the season approaches, I thought I'd start a thread to post reviews, opinions and such for winter tires.
To start, this is one of my big peeves/passions about car safety. I am a strong believer in getting winter tires, ANY winter tires are better than all seasons or, of course, summers. Over the years I've put them on all my vehicles, from 5.0 mustang to minivans.
Make sure to buy a full set of 4. There's nothing like putting them on the drive wheels, then finding out you cant turn(RWD) or your rear leading the way to the curb(FWD) when you thought you were turning slowly. Even if you have AWD, get winters.
I'd recommend getting separate rims as well, to put less stress on the beads and also, if space allows, going for a minus1 size. This allows the tires to cut through the snow a little better and also gives a bigger sidewall to absorb the ice ridge bumps and winnipeg road conditions in general.
I've had Blizzaks, Generals, Goodyear Nordics, and again anything is better. I've really liked the blizzaks, but they have been on the wife's vehicles so no high-po cars, but they seem to work great. The generals were on my P5 and it was a blast. Nordics let my mustang handle better than FWD cars(with a patio stone in the trunk, cause light ass coupe).
Research all you can, and I really recommend the Tirerack site for this. Get the best your budget allows. Costco is usually pretty good for prices, Kal Tire has more selection and sometimes has a price match program. Watch for rebates, and of course MPI does the finance thing now. Tirerack used to be a good deal before our dollar tanked.
Finally, GET WINTER TIRES, be safe, have fun, save a deductible. Thanks for letting me rant.