After a season of 'getting by' with Continental Viking's on the front of Mazda 3 sport last year, finally had enough dough to get a set of true snow tires on steelies.
Was a tough decision since already have 4x4 truck, and that its such a great handling car (.88 g's according to MT and C&D)... Looked at 'performance winter' or 'true' snow tires. With big hills and lake effect, gave up dry road handling, and went with the Graspics.
When its warm and roads are dry, going from performance 17's to soft 16's was like steping into a old buick. At 60 degrees, think marshmallows. But the colder the air the better they behave on pavement.
ON snow and slush, is where you forget about dry handling. Very good braking and acceleration, maybe a tick behind a blizzak ws-50. They dont seem quite as soft. However, the tread should last a little longer. Cornering on snow, is where I have been very impressed and may give Blizzaks a run for the money...3 centerline grooves might be the reason.
Overall for the money (about $100 less a set than most other tires) I highly recommend in notorious cold/snowy areas. However, those w/ moderate winter, w/ many days above freezing, I'd look at something a little better on pavement.