Defies Description

Thursday, July 14, 2011 by Jonas Paeplow
At Tire Rack we Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61work hard to properly classify the tires we sell by performance category. This helps us to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about the type of tire you need for your driving style and the conditions you regularly experience.

Once in a while we encounter tires that seem to defy description, tires that don't quite seem to fit in any one performance category. Two tires that come to mind are the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 and the new BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A.

If you drive your light truck or SUV on paved roads most of the time but need a tire that will really come through for you when you need it to in difficult weather conditions or on unpaved roads, you should look closely at these two tires.

The Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (SAT for Stylish All-Terrain) is a unique light truck and SUV tire that combines exceptional all-season traction with highway tire ride comfort. The SAT is the perfect replacement for your vehicle’s Original Equipment. Ideal for a person that drives mostly on highways and city streets, but still needs off-road capability. The SAT also earns the Severe Snow Rating, certifying snow traction performance equivalent to a “dedicated” snow traction tire. Kumho's casing construction technology ensures a uniform contact patch with the road surface. The internal structure includes twin high-tensile steel belts reinforced by spirally wound nylon that blends handling with durability. Polyester cord reinforced sidewalls molded into a computer-optimized contour reduce internal tire stresses to increase ride comfort along with tire durability, while rim flange protectors help shield wheels from off-road debris and accidental curb damage. The tread compound offers the wide operating temperature range you need for all-around performance and outstanding winter traction. A straight, center rib block improves steering response and stability, and helps maintain low noise operation and 3-D tread block edge prevents snow build-up, and contributes to longer, more even tread wear.

The Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 comes in 25 popular light truck sizes and carries an exceptional 6-year, 60,000 mile tread wear warranty.


The Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 is currently rated #1 in our customer survey of 21 On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. It has received superior marks in 10 out of 12 categories.

BF Goodrich Rugged Terrain T/AUnlike the Kumho, the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A is classified as a Highway All-Season light truck tire. The Rugged Terrain T/A was developed to fill a perceived gap between conventionally treaded Highway All-Season tires and the more aggressively treaded All-Terrain tire. If you drive a Jeep, light truck or SUV and you are looking for a more versatile tire that can work during the week and be ready for a little adventure on the weekends, the Rugged Terrain T/A combines a bold off-road appearance along with on-road appeal. This new tire blends aggressive looks with pleasant ride qualities, low noise and year-round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. With two large circumferential grooves that evacuate water while you drive, wet traction and hydroplaning resistance are excellent. The tire's internal structure features twin steel belts reinforced by BFGoodrich's Equal TEnsion Containment (ETEC) System that spirally wraps nylon above the steel belts for extra toughness in all terrains. To ensure a smooth ride, a two-ply polyester carcass is used. The Rugged Terrain T/A has been introduced in 36 sizes and is backed by a 6 year 50,000 mile Manufacturer's Limited Treadlife Warranty.

While the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A is too new for any accumulated survey results, the individual reviews on this tire have been excellent.

If you are looking for the rugged good looks of an All-Terrain tire with the smoother ride comfort and longer tread life of a Highway All-Season, perhaps you need to try the tires that defy description.

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