I just got a set of Yokohama Geolander IT 265/75R16 and all I can say is Holeeeey Crap! What an awesome tire, very quiet on the highway but sticks like $h!t to a mitten on ice and tracks fantastic through slushy crap. I can't wait to try them in deep snow. Seriously folks, don't bother with studs, just get a modern snow and ice tire that was designed in the last 2 years like the Yokohama Geolander IT or a Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. You can scoff at the marketing BS, but take it from personal experience, the modern rubber compounds combined with recent reseach and development on sipes make these tires stick good.
Now if you want a tire for off road on snow packed trails where there might be semi-frozen mud and rocks under it then maybe something with big lugs and lots of space in between them to clear the mud and snow might be more of what you'd be after. However, if you are just driving on roads, freeways, interstates, parking lots, driveways, and so on like me then the tires I mentioned above are worth the money.
Some might say that snow tires are expensive and they can't justify the cost but how much would your deductible be and how much would your insurance premiums increase if you had an accident. And what if you got setiously injured or killed or something bad happened to your loved ones? Wouldn't feel so great about cheaping out on the rubber then now would you? And the other thing is... while you are running snow tires, your other tires are not getting any wear so they will last that much longer, so its really just spreading out your tire wear on two different sets of tires with the benifit of having the right tire for the conditions.
Ok, rant off, sorry for the long reply, I'm just stoked to have real traction back.
I also meant to put in a reminder to check your lug nut wrench in your truck if you changed from aluminum rims to steel rims for your winter tires, I just realized that the lug nut wrench size is smaller for the acorn nuts I got for my steel rims compared with the shanked nuts for my aluminum rims. I threw in my 3-way (multi head) lug wrench so I'll be covered.