Before Christmas I got a set of Michelin LTX Winter tires for da 'burb in 245/75-16 E. There isn't much selection in load range E winter tires. I suppose the Blizzaks are probably just as good. It's too early to tell for sure but so far these seem to have better ice and snow traction than the all-season tires I ran last year. I have become a believer in winter tires and have extra rims for them. I have Michelin x-ice3s on my daily driver and it has made a substantial difference, which is to say you get very little traction on bad icy roads rather than no traction at all. One bad crash pays for a lifetime of winter tires.