Who rides/has ridden a Surly Bud? (or Vee Snowshoe XL)

As I prepare to purchase a tire for a special project, I’m wondering who out there has spent some time riding a Bud (the Surly tire, not dank).

What I’m mostly curious about is the center line tread of the tread pattern. Does it help or hinder auto-steer?

Please don’t tell me to just get a Lou.

Also, anyone ridden a Snowshoe XL? How was that?

Thanks ya’ll.