after being fed up with eating it pretty hard a number of times on icy sections this winter I went searching for a pair of studded tires the widest my winter commuter could fit. bought these for the sale price. super confident with these on ice and hardpack conditions. wasn't able to "break" them in as recommended but have had no issues with studs on the rear tire (probably due to weight and less squirrely-ness). lost a few studs on the front tire but are very easy to replace (I bought 45Nrth stud pack and their install tool). rolling resistance is certainly noticeable on bare pavement but not as bad as I had expected. will definitely be using these all winter until there's no hint of ice left on the ground. will never go back from studded tires for winter commuting.
Why should weather stop you from a ride? Ok, so rain is a pain but a ride on snow and ice under the sun is pure joy. These tires bite on ice and packed snow but (as with any tires) be careful when riding on a layer of thick, churned, dry snow. Spokane has every kind of snow you'll find in the PNW and I've taken my eMTB out on all of it with great satisfaction.
I live in Chicagoland and I can usually ride much of our winters. This one became particularly snowy/icy in January and I had to find a safe way to get back out there. These studded tires made the difference. They provide excellent grip on the ice and hard pack snow. These are not a good option for soft snow, fyi; I tried. I was worried about going back and forth between roads and snow/ice and the impact it might have on the stud sharpness and grip. It's only been a couple of months now, but, so far very good on that front. I would recommend these as a way to do some additional outdoor winter riding in otherwise challenging conditions.