yeah been rockin the x-ice now for my second winter, not sure if Blizzaks would've been much better but the x-ice seems to manage ok. it warmed up unusually here in Anchorage and rained making super slick ice with water on top. Almost slid into a snowbank at 20 mph but idk what tire would really make a difference in that scenario. All in all great in snow, decent enough on ice I would say.[driving]I would agree with you re: X-Ice vs Blizzak but my choice of X-Ice was due more to longer tread life and in a sense, needing any winter tire, to replace my "Summer Use Only" OEM 18". I did some research and although not the top rated snow tire, the XIce was a decent rain and ice tire (duh) and of course, the price was a factor.