On Wednesday 26 November the Boston area got our first snow that has actually stuck around for a few days and I finally got to test out my new tires a little. As I was leaving work there was about an inch of snow on the ground and it was coming down hard. The first thing I DIDN't notice was the noise - the studded tires are much quieter when it's cold and there's some snow on the ground.
As I pulled out of the parking lot, I tried a couple of quick stops and accelerated through a couple of tighter turns to see how my car was handling on the roads. I felt like I was driving in the summer time. The stops and turns were responsive with no sliding.
None of the plows had been out yet so the snow was fresh except for the tire tracks on the road. As I pulled onto Route 9 in Framingham, MA, I was surprised to see how easy it was to accelerate up a steep hill. I watched cars next to me struggle and choose to drive well below the speed limit due to the snow. I maintained a safe speed given the conditions - 45mph in a 50mph zone and I was blowing by other cars.
I exited off route 9 to get onto 95N and the weather started to change to more of slush like consistency. It proved no different than the snowy conditions and I continued to have full control of my car through the wintry mix. I made it home in the standard amount of time (~40 min), which was much faster than my coworker who lives down the street.
In Summary, the First Winter Test for these tires results in an Exceeds Expectations!