My only point was that studded tires are now a niche product.
They're no longer a good choice when the majority of winter driving is on a finished road surface.
I don't want to turn this thread into studded vs non-studded debate though. Maybe we should take it to some general 'winter tire' thread. For my past winter cars, mostly Subarus , there were usually a multi-year forum threads where people posted fresh winter tire reviews from Scandinavian/Russia journals to keep up with what's latest and greatest. Maybe we could use one like that as well.