I picked up a pair of Nokian Extreme 294
studded tyres while I was in Sweden over the New Year.
Finally had a chance to properly test them on Friday evening along with a mate who'd just got a pair of Schwalbe Ice Spikers.
The night ride consisted mostly of us trying to find as much sheet ice as possible and then being collectively astounded about how much traction was available.
All the off road stuff consisted of either sheet ice or frozen hard packed snow.
Obviously some care was still required but in general the studded tyres were brilliant.
It was only when you stopped and put a foot down that you were reminded how slippery it was.
The tyres are however very heavy and draggy on tarmac, and a bit unstable at speed.
Put them on ice though and they are superb.
I've had so many crashes and injuries through riding on ice over the years that I'm really perplexed as to why I didn't get some much sooner.