After thinking about this earlier today - Am I the only one who thinks that the 'Premium' brands mostly sell because of name/reputation nowadays? The more I think of it, the more what I mentioned in the first post makes sense. In this day and age, how and why would any company contemplate selling rubbish tyres? There's a lawsuit on every corner these days - so they all must comply to a stern testing at some point. No?
I've owned pretty much every top premium tyre make there is and the only one which stood out for me was Michelin; and the only 2 reasons why they stood out was because a) the tread lasted about 10,000 miles more and b) the road noise was a smidgen less. There wasn't any make which felt more planted than others - at any speed.