General Grabber AT 2
Follow-Up Review: 0 miles on tires
In Oct '07 I drove cross-country from Washington, DC to Lewiston, ID, crossing the Continental Divide at Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado. This was done with 1,500 lbs of tools in the back of the truck, towing a 1,500 lb trailer with more tools. The tires performed flawlessly!<br><br><br><br>Staying in Idaho for 10 weeks, I made many trips to Spokane, WA in all kinds of weather, both with and without the trailer. On one trip I even drove through a decent blizzard, with blowing snow and 8' of unplowed snow on the ground. I never once had to get out the chains and handling and cornering were phenomenal. The only time I ever slipped with the truck was on an intersection that was a single sheet of ice, and even then I was much better off than the drivers around me who had little control at all.<br><br><br><br>New Years Eve I headed back home, again with a full load, but took a northern route through Montana, crossing the Divide at Lolo Pass on US 12. This time there was serious ice, and another small storm which dumped 12 while I was driving. It took 6 hours to travel 40 miles through the pass, but the only time I had to chain up was at the Montana border. Not because I needed to, but because I was required to by DOT.<br><br><br><br>The remainder of the trip, across North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, then down through Indiana and across on I-70 I encountered high winds, heavy snow, rain and ice, but never once did I feel a need to pull off and wait out the weather. Yes, the truck is 4WD, and I used it where needed, but these tires made the difference between my 5 day trip and a 10 day trip due to weather.<br><br><br><br>Oh, unfortunately, the tires on the trailer didn't fare as well. The high winds had the trailer crabbing sideways at times, and just about wore out a brand new pair of tires in just 2,500 miles.<br><br><br><br>I wonder if Tire Rack sells those too... ?
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
While Maryland isnt exactly the snowbelt, Im actually from NY, and my girlfriend (its her truck) is from Idaho. Were driving out to her hometown this fall and Ill be staying there probably through November, then driving back East. Since I do heavy construction, and construction sites are often muddy and difficult, combined with the snow in upstate NY, we wanted good AT tires on the truck. So far these are performing excellent, with phenomenal dry traction and good mud traction. I drove ambulances for a living, for fourteen years in NYC, so I have a great appreciation for tires that grip the road. These AT2s are doing a great job so far and I expect them to handle the coming Northern Idaho winter travel with ease.
About the only negative Ive found with these tires, so far, is that my gas mileage dropped quite a bit. I had been getting about 18 mpg highway and I now seem to be getting about 15.5, even with inflation pressures on the hard side. Well see if that changes any as the tires get broken in.