I just found an article that made me think again before ordering the $35 studded Nashbar tires... read on:
"Everyone has fallen victim to the good deal that hadn't turned out so well. Sometimes a doodad that looks perfect in the store fails miserably outdoors. Or you might save a dollar only to discover that the manufacturer cut costs by reducing performance in a critical area.
"In my case, the good deal came with limits, and I ignored those limits.
"The steel studs in the $40 Innova mountain bike tires lacked the durability of the carbide-tipped studs in the $80 Nokian tires. I knew that when I bought the cheaper tires, and had their use been restricted to snow- or ice-covered trails, the durability of the studs probably wouldn't have been an issue.
Read the rest of the article at http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/59...-5874186c.html