Deep snow, light snow, snow over ice, ridge ice, slush, sleet, anything a Minnesota winter can throw at a driver, these tires can handle, no issues. I use them as my winter shoes on my daily driver and for ice racing on the lakes. Phenomenal grip, low road noise, and I averaged ~1.5mpg better on the X-ice than I did previous years on my blizzaks, and they last easily 3x as many miles as the blizzaks. Down side, they don't corner well on dry pavement sidewall isn't stiff enough, and above 80mph they smell like burning tire, despite a 115mph speed rating. When these wear out, I'll most likely get another set of X-ices.
I'm no expert on tires and this is my first set of winter tires. Haven't seen snow or slush yet but on dry, cold pavement they are beyond my expectations. Pretty much like touring tires with very little extra zippy noise but decent handling and good comfort. Water evacuation seems really good over small puddles. The only area where it lacks so far is at hard breaking but that is expected from the softer compound.
Based on 225/45R17 on Jag X-type.
Just bought these for an older Honda Accord that I am using for winter transportation. This car is probably not worth what I paid for the Michelin winter tires, but boy do they give it ice and snow traction! Well worth the cost! We just got a bad ice storm right after I installed them, and I felt confident everywhere I drove them. In my opinion, they are better than the Bridgestone Blizzak tire. I sell Michelin and BFGoodrich tires, as well as all the other major brands and these are by far the best!
These are a must if you live in Michigan. They completely transformed my Honda Civic from a roller skate to velcro-like grip on winter roads. It's almost like having all-wheel drive. I bought a set for my new Impala too and they perform great. No more white knuckle driving even in bad conditions. Make the investment and switch out those all-season tires. Well worth the cost.
Bought my first set in 2011 for a 1992 Subaru Legacy with 4 wheel drive. I swear that car would climb a sliding glass door with the X-Ice tires on it. The warranty will expire (6 years) before I put them back on this winter, still in great shape with approximately 20,000 miles on them. We live just outside Yosemite National Park, so the tires are used from 10,000 ft - 1,000 ft elevations, every winter condition you can imagine. I expect to get a least 3 more winters out of this set. I recommend them to any one who is willing to rotate between a winter and summer set. This rotation schedule makes sure both sets get a regular check up.