So this past summer I picked myself up a set of Falken Wildpeak AT3's 245/65/17 to replace the BFG KO2's and factory all seasons.
I've been pretty happy with them. They ride a lot better than the KO2's and honestly are a good compromise tire for my uses even if they likely aren't as durable than the KO2's.
I also have a set of dedicated winter tires. They are Michelin X Ice 3 in 225/60/18. The Factory size.
The Falken's have a severe snow duty rating on them. The 3 peak mountain snow flake symbol. This made me consider selling the snow tires and just having one set to run year around.
Today I got a good chance to test the all terrains and the winters back to back.
It wasn't the most scientific testing I've ever done but we did try to be consistent.
After testing it showed what I pretty much already knew based on what little driving on snow I have done with the Falkens.
Simply put they SUCK on ice. We only had around an inch of snow but temperatures were around 25F the entire time.
I could have been driving on bald summer tires and not noticed a difference. I slid pulling out of my driveway and bumped the sidewalk.
The 3 peak mountain snow flake symbol is a joke. The fact that something that handles this bad gets rated as 'severe duty snow' just makes me doubt the entire standard. Why go through the trouble of getting a tire rated for snow.
I'll be keeping my winter tires for the foreseeable future.