In the tire business, there are trade-offs for everything! Whether you have to trade performance handling for snow and ice grip, or trade comfort for performance handling, balancing these trade-offs can be tough.
The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is a tire that balances many of the trade-offs that drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles desire. Most often, four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs come with highway or touring tires that provide a nice smooth ride, but don't offer the aggressive tread pattern for off-road driving, especially in mud, gravel and very deep snow. This leads many drivers to the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain performance category. For some people, tires in this category do not offer enough tread, meat or aggression. That would push them to choosing an option from the Off-Road Maximum Traction (mud-terrain) category. If you don't mind the noise and need something that can push you through all the mud and hardcore off-road terrain you can find, then this category is perfect.
What about those of us that like the aggression of the mud-terrain tires, but have to deal with snow and ice during the winter months? That's where the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac really shines! I have these on my Jeep for this exact reason. In South Bend, Indiana, we see some pretty nasty ice, snow, sleet and slush.
I love the look of heavy-duty mud tires, but I know they aren't siped properly to handle well on ice or packed snow. The DuraTrac has very good siping for winter, and is even marked with the mountain/snowflake symbol on most sizes. Another benefit of the DuraTrac is the relative road noise. The tread may be more aggressive than an all-terrain tire, but the road noise level isn't really any higher since the tread surface that contacts the road while rolling is fairly flat. If you want to take your winter performance to the next level (the tire has the option to include studs to enhance ice traction), take a look at Goodyear's Wrangler DuraTrac.