I currently have Procomp 31x10.5r15LT tires and I am looking for a really good snow tire but also with good road performance. I have been told that skinnier in tires work better in the snow. I dont mind going to a skinnier tire as long as there is a better grip in snow. I live in buffalo ny and we ge a fair amount of snow, besides the the road plow buringing us in the end of the driveway. ANY SUGGESTION WOULD BE HELPFUL
Bridgestone Blizzaks are a common recommendation, but I suggest something from the the Nokian Hakkapeliitta family. They're among the best and probably are THE best for lateral grip in winter conditions. Narrower would be better, but be careful not to go narrower than your wheel width can handle.
I currently have Blizzaks on my Wrangler, used to have Nokians on the Mercedes, now have four studded conventional snows on the Mercedes.
In Buffalo, its all about the snow. Big, deep, white, stays forever snow. They plow it and it gets packed down. Sometimes hardens into an ice layer right on the pavement that stays for weeks. Either the Blizzaks or the studded conventional snows are your best bet. Don't waste your money on "snowflake" tires. Those are any of the myriad of tires meeting requirements of the Canadian government for winter use. It is a political statement, not a real performance rating, IMO. Most of the tires that carry a snowflake will just be conventional tires with modern rubber. Eventually, most all tires will have a snowflake on them.
The studded conventional snows will cost half what the Blizzaks will. Only the top layer of Blizzak rubber is really effective so you might only get two seasons from the set. and, they cost more to begin with. You really have only one good choice for studded tires, the Firestone Winterforce. The good news is that its cheap, $115 with studs. Look for 265/75/15.
The Blizzaks will have a little better road performance, but I'd go with the studs.
EDIT: I just saw a set of studded General Altimax Artics. For a studded, high tech alternative, consider that one also.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)
Snow forecast in the coming days, so I installed my Blizzak DM-V1.
Damn it changed the look over my MT tires, it looks so, ..., skinny and road tire look. But at least I can say that they are performing very nicely on dry and wet road and country dirt/gravel roads. A lot more quiet than my Destination MTs, comfortable, nice handling and easier on gas.
Now waiting for winter conditions in the next few days to report more. Up to now, except for the less agressive look, they are very nice.
I vote for Blizzaks...I as well run the DM-V1 on my wife's Grand Cherokee and couldn't be happier. Granted we don't get the kind of snows you guys get, but I've driven on cheap snow tires as well as Blizzaks...IMO it's a night and day difference with the Blizzaks...best snow tire on the road IMO.