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Do people that travel in the mountains a lot generally use snow tires on outbacks or are they good enough with the regular tires? Just wondering if I should invest in a set mounted on cheap wheels when I get my car.
 

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I just got my outback stuck with all seasons in a ditch. Now i have michelin x-ice tires which stopped me about 70% shorter distance. AWD wont help you stop. AWD will not help you very much with turning at high speed. AWD will not prevent a wind gust from spinning your car on the highway. AWD will help you get out of slow technical predicaments, towing cars out and accelerating in the snow. I wouldnt even think of doing all seasons through the winter in VT.
 

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Please do not just think in terms of "go" when asking this question. It is really more a question of "stop"!

If you drive through snowy mountain roads, I say go buy yourself a good set of ice tires (Michelin X-Ice, Bridgestone Blizzaq, etc.)

AWD doesn't help you stop, so while you may be able to travel on all-seasons, they are not safe in icy conditions. The tires are the number safety feature on your car, do not scrimp on them!
 

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I just got my outback stuck with all seasons in a ditch. Now i have michelin x-ice tires which stopped me about 70% shorter distance. AWD wont help you stop. AWD will not help you very much with turning at high speed. AWD will not prevent a wind gust from spinning your car on the highway. AWD will help you get out of slow technical predicaments, towing cars out and accelerating in the snow. I wouldnt think twice of doing all seasons through the winter in VT.
Did you mean "you WOULD think twice"? I drive around ME & VT to go snowboarding every week and have snows on my Escort now. I figured a set on the OB couldn't hurt and would save wear on the nice wheels.
 

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Snowon, check out this thread for all your tire needs:

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1272

Also take a look at this thread to get my thoughts on their service:

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1312

Being in New England I'd highly recommend to get a set of dedicated snow/ice tires. And as always I'm going to recommend my favorite brand, Nokian. Try calling up the Ryan at www.TireFactory.net and check on the price of either Nokian Hakkapeliitta Q's or Nokian RSi's. They are both about the two best snow tires you could ever hope to have, and besides that you will get special pricing if you mention that you are with SubaruOutback.org ;) Just tell them you know Kevin Miller and he told you about the group buy, I've already ordered a new set of Nokian WR's that I just recently go in the mail.

BTW, if you don't want or necessarily need dedicated snow tires maybe you should try out Nokian WR's. I can speak from experience that these will eat the snow and ice just as well as most snow tires. Although if worse comes to worse than you should just stick with what you know will work, Hakka's or RSi's :)
 

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thanks for the input Hero, I have Toyo Observes now and will most likey stick with a set of dedicated tires...will definately check out the Nokians especially if there's a deal involved!
 
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