205/55/16 Looking For Best $100 Winter Tire.
I'm looking for winter tires for my new to me 2010 Mazda3 Sport GS. I need to buy rims as well and unfortunately money is a little tight at the moment. I usually by mid level tires such as Toyo Observe GSI 5 or General Arctic Altimax and I'm usually willing to spend up to $150 per tire but that is because I usually already have winter rims. Since I need to buy rims this time around my tire budget has been reduced. I want to get the best possible winter tire for $100 in a 205/55/16 size. What I have found so far is the following.
Maxtrek Trek M7 for $77.88 PMC recommends these tires as one of there better budget tires but they seem to be the only site that does most, say this tire is garbage.
Momo North Pole W2 for $89.99 from Quatrro. 5/5 rating from Quatrro. Very little info and any info I found was from Europe and was not very favorable. Apparently made in Europe and not china.
Kumho I'Zen KW31 $100.97 from Quatrro which is $45 cheaper than PMC at the moment. They also have a $40 mail in rebate essentially making the tires $90.97.Again very little to no info on this tire unless you understand Russian. Lots of wright ups and videos for this tire from Russia.
I can get from and auto parts store in Ottawa called CAPS Hifly Winturi on rims new for $450 bucks plus tax. But that is a crazy low price and don't mind spending more to get better conversely The Kumho I'Zen KW31 with rims comes to $614 plus tax which I assume is much better tire for $164 more. So kind of leaning towards this tire but was wondering if there are better options out there in the $100 or less price range for tires that I'm missing.
My driving style is 107km one way to work or 214km a day on 400 series highway and we go to our cottage on the weekends with is mostly snow covered back roads.
Thanks for any and all advise.