Mixed reviews coming back on the Cross Climates but overall I'm not a big supporter of the whole all-weather market. It's fine for dense urban areas with limited ice build-up and those who stay predominantly within that bubble but there is a noticeable traction compromise for rural and suburban drivers. They'll provide adequate snow traction thanks to snow-on-snow adhesion but the ice traction is almost no different than a standard "all-season/3-season" tire.alanbrenton wrote: ↑ I was thinking of the Michelin Cross Climate but reviews are just so-so and some on tirerack say it's noisy. With all-weather tires, there really are compromises. I will probably have to replaced my XI2's from 2010 lol with these X-Ice Snow.
I read with Blizzaks, once the tread wears down, the rubber composition is different. We have the Blizzak DVS2? on our RAV4H though.
And I also thought about having to use jack stands (rarely used them) if I only use a set of tire/wheels instead of the current two set setup lol.
Most tires will wear differently from start to finish in part because of the chemical compounds of the rubber but, the typical marketplace stigma of the Blizzak burning off in the heat is nowhere near as bad as it used to be a decade or more ago. It rings true for any winter tire with a soft, high silica tread. It's needed to optimize that ice traction and water-wicking ability in severe cold but the whole late on, early off thing isn't really needed anymore. Follow the weather patterns. I put my Blizzaks on 2nd week of October last year and didn't take them off until late May this year. No discernable difference in treadwear.