Took my first ride yesterday on a new set of Freddies Revenze Lite tires. Got in about eight miles or so.
I hadn't been expecting much, because the Freddies are only two-tenths of an inch wider than the Hakkapeliitta WXC 300s that I've been running these past two years.
Well, I was wrong! The Freddies are fantastic, and are hands-down better than the Hakka WXC 300s. It's not just that extra two-tenths of an inch. The Freddies have a flatter profile that seems to put more studs in contact with the ice and hardpack. That flatter profile also works much better in the dreaded, mashed-potato-like snow that I sometimes get stuck riding through when the roads haven't been plowed well.
So I'm happy with the Freddies and just wanted to share my experience. I'd love to see Nokian put out a 29er version of them. The Freddies are so good on my 26er that I've actually hung up my 29er with its Nokian Extreme 294s in favor of riding my 26er with the Freddies.