If you want a dedicated winter on road tire, I'd go with Blizzaks or http://www.greendiamondtire.com/. If you don't want a second set of tires, I'd go with a set of A/T's for year round driving. Personally, I run my STT's year round. Surprisingly good in winter, and they're even siped.
I tried them and BF Goodrich AT and Goodyear AT are worthless in ice. You need a real winter tire. They are a lot softer and work better. If you have a YJ there are not many tires that will do good in ice as it is too short and spins like a top..
You have to account for short wheel base for the wrangler, Plus most jeeps are not exactly heavy rigs. I drive with in reason when there is snow and when "black ice" is possible. I tried BFG A/T's and because of me always driving SWB jeeps, They IMO are worthless. You cant depend on them off-road in snow, Off road i mean as in possibly a ditch, Or gravel roads, as they are not fun in snow, Ice and hard pack snow plus trying to go and play in drifts, I wasn't gonna chance it with a/t's.
Any mud tire i have used in snow on vehicles in the past have served me well. Some more than others, But i have never had a problem accelerating or stopping, And turning was the same on both tires. And if you look at the side wall of a m/t, It says M+S, Meaning mud/snow, Or at least what i was told by many of the dealers i buy from. I just want the added traction for deep snow. Its always fun to hit a drift, And i have never had a set that wouldn't clean out and "slick"up.
Just my opinion as i have had tried both sides more than once, And always find myself running m/t's. Plus its a jeep, I view most of them as off-road vehicles and should run a decently aggressive tire. But in the end its "your" rig and you have to buy what will suit you best. If i had to pick an a/t, My vote goes to the d!ck cepeck fun country II's. Great looking tread and side biters, Semi aggressive tread with mileage of 50k plus. Good luck
Do I need 4 winter tires for driving in eastern Canada?
I am going to Quebec and Ontario during winter.
Hi there. What part of Canada are you from? I'm in northern Manitoba. Considering the good chance of freezing rain and nasty slush out east you should be running real winter tires. I have Blizzaks on my 06 Liberty. They are so impressive on ice and in snow, I can't say a bad word about them. About 15 years ago I had Goodyear Wrangler MTs on my Comanche. They dug really well in deep snow and on the lakes, but they were a hard rubber compound. In Canada, in winter, we should all be using true winter tires. Getting moving is one thing. But when it comes to stopping, the soft rubber and siping in the treads are worth every penny. Nokian makes some really good tires too. Quebec and BC (I think) now have made winter tires mandatory. Time for a Keith's Red Amber Ale.
I would tend to lean toward winter tires because if you have them, you can also get out the way of somebody who doesn't. Which is why I'm still here today. The full size truck that totally lost control on an icy highway only had crappy all season tires. The compact car I was in had Blizzaks. Instead of colliding head-on, I was able to turn away enough so we hit broadside. Still wrote off both vehicles, but no one was seriously hurt. I know this is an almost never-ending discussion, and I'm not a tire salesman, but I will always have winter tires and summer tires from now on. And while I'm going on and on, watch out for the tires that have a mountain/snowflake symbol as well as M+S. They do meet the minimum requirements for a winter tire, but they are not the same as a Blizzak (for example). The rubber is harder and you won't find nearly as much siping, if any at all. Time for a beer.