Originally Posted by tuned2ride
I concur. Some winter tires are much better than others. I had an old set of Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme who were barely winter tires. There were never good for traction since day one. I have now Continental WinterExtreme. They are excellent on ice and snow. For traction, they are hard to beat but I don't recommend them, specifically because they are too soft and handling really suffers. I actually hate them.
I have the same ones as well and totally agree with you on the softness. Grip and road noise is pretty good though so small price to pay. Can't wait to get my summer's on again!