i just say don't knock them till you try them. at the shop i work at, bfg's at's and ltx at2's are around the same price, with the michelin you get longer life, smoother ride, less road noise, equal traction (i've tried both on the same trails with about the same results, i think ltx at2's clean out better in mud). plus the bfg has been on the market for 15 years plus, and the michelin at2 about 3 so of course i've seen more bfgs. i think most people buy the bfg's for their appearance as opposed to their performance. and i'm sure a 33x12.50-15 will be a size offered by michelin this spring.
I hope they do come out in that size soon, because I agree they appear
to be a great AT tire design? ... Unfortunately I'm going to be buying some KM2's real soon, too soon to wait for the prospect of them getting out anything larger than a 31-incher ... I prefer a little more aggressive tread design as long as the road noise isn't too bad and they wear decent. A good alternative to this one (besides the BFG AT) would be the DC FCII, from rumor.
Anyway, I currently run a newer set of Michelin tires on my Chrysler 300C (Primacy4 something?), and they have been !great! so far in all on-road weather conditions and trips from Seattle to Portland on I-5 (some wide-open road along that route too, if ya catch my drift).
However, my wife just replaced a pair of Michelins on her Firebird that had real good traction for the first 25% of the tread life. The last 40% they were marginal from dead stop acceleration in the rain, and the car is only a 6-cylinder, at most. So, we re-shoed her pony with those Michelins still having 35% tread depth left. We went with some BFG Traction TA's ... Great tire so far, but time will tell ultimately? The Michelins that came off of the Firequail had about 50K miles on them and were the best tire Michelin was offering in our size, some 4-5 years ago ... the design name escapes me? Anyhow, they were a great tire for the first leg of their life, but they just progressively got worse.
The BFGs I've owned in the past (cars & trucks) have always performed a little better than our experience with our first set of Michelins, but with them being related companies, it really doesn't matter now.
My comment regarding your experience was just stating that if BFG ATs sell 30 to 1 against anything Michelin is making, then the cases of fouled tires will not favor the BFG ... naturally. I wasn't trying to take a swipe at you or your experiences.