Tire guy is recommending Goodyear's ComforTred Touring. Anyone have an opinion them?
I don't have an opinion on that particular tire, since I haven't tried it. But 99 percent of the advice I've gotten from guys working in local tire stores has been poor. They typically do not handle a lot of brands, they usually have not driven on the tires they sell, and they have a strong tendency to push the tires they have in stock, especially those on which they have the highest profit margins.
I don't always buy from the Tire Rack, but I buy from there often, and always when I am seeking their advice. They carry 20 different brands of tires, they have almost everything in stock, the prices are among the best around, and their salespeople are awesome. Most of their salespeople have driven most of their tires on the driving dynamics course at their headquarters, often in side-by-side comparison tests against other tires using the same vehicles. They can tell you what tire is best, based on whatever characteristics are the most important TO YOU.
Here's an interesting fact about the Tire Rack. Over 80 percent of the orders placed before the end of the business day arrive at the customer the next business day, even though most of those orders are only paying for ground shipping. How do they accomplish this? Their volume enables them to send full truckloads of tires from their four warehouses to every major city all over the country. So instead of UPS picking up thousands of tires at the Tire Rack warehouse and needing to sort them out to where they need to go, the Tire Rack does that instead. For example, if you're in St. Louis and you place an order, it will be on a Tire Rack track which that night will drop the tires off at the UPS distribution center in St. Louis, along with all the other orders for folks in the St. Louis area, and you'll receive your tires the next day.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the Tire Rack other than as a satisfied customer. Buy your tires wherever you want!