The more I drive on these in snow and ice, the more pleased I am with them. They may give up a little to studded snow tires on ice, but not much. On snow, even packed snow they are just as good. There are few circumstances where I feel they are inferior to all-season tires on dry pavement. And of course they are quieter and smoother than studded snow tires. Almost certainly better traction than studs on dry pavement.