Ok-Its my time to weigh in on the stock tires. Before we purchased the Outback this year the peanut gallery was full of people complaining about the conti-pro contact stock tires. I am now part of that peanut gallery and soap box standing brigade. My biggest issue so far is that they pick up pea gravel more than any other tire I have ever seen! I reallly do not want to pull pea gravel out of the tires every drive. They ride nice, but given the other comments on here about them wearing down quickly I am ready to start researching what to replace them with. I have always had good luck with Bridgestone and Michelin tires. Anyone have a recommendation in the Bridgetone or Michelin arsenal?