I've been a fan of studded winter tires for some years now, as we get a lot of black ice here in northern NY. Only downside is the noise from the studs. Have to run the radio a couple notches louder. I didn't know about the "recent improvements" in stud tech. I've had mostly Winterforce and General Altimax Arctic. Keep us posted how you like these Pirellis, especially relating to noise.
Here in Minnesota the tire dealers I've spoken with say they will not mount new snow tires on rims that do not have functional sensors. Bummer.Just put my snow wheels w/o tpm's on my van, drove it 12 miles including some at highway speed, no system warning, nothing. I'm thinking (hoping) these 2016 vans use the wheel speed sensors as the tpms! Is this true?