Hey Folks Seattle got dumped on over the weekend. I had purchased a set of Hankook Winter iPike W409 (195/65R15) before Thanksgiving when Discount Tire Direct had a pre-Black Friday sale. Mounted, I paid just under $400, which I felt was a pretty good deal. I decided not to stud them because the mechanic at the tire shop told me studs could produce worse results in the wet. Plus Seattle winters are really not all that bad. I know a lot of you say it's fine to drive on the OEM Yoko's the first winter season. I wanted the peace of mind in case I get stuck at work. I have a 50-60min commute daily and didn't want to risk a slide. On Sunday we drove from Redmond to Downtown (about 30mins) in the middle of the heaviest snow. There was a stretch of road on an incline with a light at the top. I was at the bottom watching others slide side-to-side and getting stuck...one of which was a 3rd Gen Prius. I pulled into the median and followed an SUV up the hill right past them. I was quite impressed with the pull...with very little slippage. The entire day I activated the ABS twice and the traction control maybe once/twice for a split second. There was probably a good 3 inches on the ground by then. I felt super confident in the ability of the Hankook's. The other area where it shines is in the rain/slush. I rolled over most of the half-melted stuff on the freeway with ease. The off-road like tread pattern is a bit louder...but then again our Prii aren't exactly Lexus's. There will be nay sayers to upgrading the tires. However for peace of mind, I felt the investment was worth the price.