So many times I see people asking about handling on their WRX and how to make it better. Many times I see the response that "you should get tires first". I'm not disputing this answer. However, ask I have come from 2 Evo's I've had the very sticky advan 140 series tires. I HATED them. They were like taking pieces of chewed gum and making them really hot so they could throw rocks all over your car. I later on had to change tires and got the conti dws. of course I could immediately feel the tire roll a lot more BUT the car would still hold corners quite well considering they are a 520 series iirc.
At the time I had my X, many were going with the ventus v-12's which are (like our stock tires) a 280 series. Some went with the star specs if they did some track days or wanted a good tire that seemed to last a bit longer than the advans.
I'm a fan of being a better driver and using what you have to the best of your ability. That being said, we all I think understand that eventually physics takes over and some things simply must be done to make the car handle better.
Now I do understand, as with anything that numbers do not tell the whole story of what a tire can do vs another one.
So... I wanted to get people to chime in on what tires they believe are better than the OE's, but aren't sticky to the point where every little stone gets thrown onto our already cheap ass paint.
Your choice after your stockers went our were... what?, why? and how did you like them?