Any new tyre is likely to feel good compared to the worn out tyre replaced. Outgoing tyre was the Metz Z8 and they still had legal depth tread but the as expected wear (front uneven due to road camber and rear profile a bit flat) meant that handling was no longer at its best. I can confirm the Avons perform well now they have been run in - 4 short heat cycles on my commute last week. Turn in is very good. Seem stable on sweepers. Ride quality over bumps is good. Grip well on braking. Admittedly, I was spoilt today as we had a beautiful autumn afternoon where I was able to ride with just an unlined jacket over a T shirt. Temperature was up to 18C so the tyres didn't have to try too hard on warm, dry roads. I'll update this thread as I encounter different weather conditions over winter.