what i can tell you is the Cooper tires are the best of both worlds
I've bought 2 sets new and have got great life and traction out of both. I have well over 40k miles on my current set and they're still not bald. One thing I've always been impressed with is how well they sidewalls flexed, even at high pressures. If I could afford the new ones I'd get another set, but with the new tread pattern came a substantially higher price.