Originally Posted by dave macrae
I have had studded winters before and they are awesome all the while the studs are fresh but once they are smoothed off a bit I was quite disapointed
I have never run studs on the street, in part for this reason. I do note that the construction of the studs has changed substantially, to a system designed to wear less on dry pavement, and to retain effectiveness with wear. They might be worth trying again.
Nokian Eco Stud 8 Concept
Originally Posted by Vermilye
We generally drive on either dry pavement or hard packed snow; rarely ice. Studs add very little benefit under those conditions, plus they are niosy, and NY has On/Off dates for studded tires.
I agree - specific road conditions are important to the right choice, and Jon's conditions are not right for studs. Since we have long winters but relatively little snowfall here, we have much more ice and rarely packed snow, so choices can be different.
Although we have no restrictions on stud use here, most places which allow studs have an allowed period, which is long enough that it doesn't matter to users who do a seasonal swap... and who would want to use studs year-round?