Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario, Canada
update. I put the Geolandars back on early this past spring, and then we had some late season snow and ice. I was happy with their performance - they chewed through deep snow and performed well on wet ice. This fall I also noted that the sideways sliding issue on wet roads in cool temps went away. They began developing normal cornering grip (normal for ATs) for some reason, I would say it is something to do with wearing in the tread? wear is very minor but I can't think of any other reason.
I left them on this fall hoping they would be okay. The first snowfall, which was actually a small layer of ice with ice pellets and snow, the tires drove and cornered well. But the first stop sign I came to (at higher elevation) I just sailed right through, luckily I was alone on the road. The ABS was hammering away but the vehicle didn't seem to slow down at all, I actually looked in the rearview wondering if somehow I was being pushed or something. I went home, swapped back to the General Arctics and went right back out in the same conditions about 45 minutes later. The Generals slid a bit too when stopping, but they generated stopping force and would actually stop the vehicle.
All in all, considering the times I have slid off the road or into the oncoming lane in cold and wet conditions, plus sliding through this stop sign, I have to say these tires are inconsistent and dangerous in these conditions. I like these tires otherwise, and I suspect they would work better on a heavier vehicle, but I think I'm going to have to replace them with something else in the spring.