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Where are you located? Winter tires for some of the really bad winter areas makes sense but the stock tires with good tread on them will be decent for most people who only see limited amounts of snow and ice.

Don't bother with the TPMS stuff - if you get tires just have them tossed on cheap steel rims with no TPMS - all you will get is the light on the dash you can ignore for a few months till your summer tires go back on.
 

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thanks for the replies!

I live at 1100 feet in Oregon so the roads get icy most mornings (hence why I got the Subaru :) ). We also ski a lot and given I can't fit tire chains on, I reckon getting siped winter tires will take care of both concerns.

Thanks for all the feedback - I'll enjoy looking through all the other posts.
I'm in SF - do Tahoe a bunch and have family in Medford and Eugene. The stock Continentals are fine for you. By the way you'll never use cables unless your trapped at bottom of your uncles pit like driveway when it glazes over with an inch of ice. Which case cables to climb up to the road then pulling them off will be about all you ever use them for.

We have over 15yrs of subaru in the Sierras some massive epic storms and never once have had to put the cables on the stock tires assuming the tires are all seasons with decent tread.

I wouldn't bother with a second set of winter tires till you spend your first winter with the Subaru. I bet you won't have much interest in a winter set after your first winter with it.
 
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