One thing about winter tires in Colorado is that CO weather is really hard on them. We do not have New England or Midwest winters where depressing clouds roll in in November and they do not leave until April-May. Here today we will have snow, tomorrow will be 3 degrees, than sun will come out hard, melt snow, turn that into ice. In two days temperature will spike in 50-60's with a lot of sunshine and all shortcomings of winter tires are going to come out. It will be like that 5-6 days, then another storm will roll in, dump snow, than turn that into ice, than again 60's etc. In the spring, temperatures will go to 60's even 70's, but we might get huge storm, especially if we are in El Nino cycle. Then if you ski, you can drive from 60's to 0 degrees and full blown blizzard within 2hrs of drive, then you ski, drive back into 60's. Bottom line, best is to have well rounded tire that does everything good. That is why I prefer Xi2 on my Sienna compared to Nokian's R2.
Originally Posted by krzyss
Sometimes local dealer ruins experience of very good product. Oh well. Maybe Michelin releases killer Xi4 next year ;-) KrzyÅ›