Off-Road Maximum Traction vs. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
When searching for an aggressive looking tire for their truck, Jeep or SUV, many customers also want good ride quality and low noise from their set. Off-Road Maximum Traction tires, which are often referred to as "mud-terrain" or "mudders", have very aggressive tread designs and look great on vehicles with an aftermarket lifted suspension. However, tires in this category are certainly louder and ride rougher than On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. Some of the more popular choices in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category include the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Kumho Road Venture MT KL71.  

Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler
MT/R with Kevlar
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
T/A KM2
Kumho Road Venture MT KL71
Kumho Road Venture
MT KL71

For many drivers, ride and noise comfort are a small price to pay as they truly are looking for the most aggressive look and best off-road traction. For others not willing to sacrifice as much ride and noise comfort, an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire may be the best choice.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are a practical compromise between Off-Road Maximum Traction and Highway All-Season tires. These tires are great for drivers who find themselves on unimproved roads or long gravel driveways. Even within this category, there are some options that are more aggressive than others and tend to perform closer to a Off-Road Maximum Traction tire. A few of the tires include the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, General Grabber AT2 and the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
General Grabber AT2
General Grabber AT2
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Some drivers prefer tires with less "off-road" tread design and the comfort of a better ride. They also would like the tire to offer exceptional snow and ice traction along with adequate performance in off-road conditions. Below are a few options with less "off-road" tread design:

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T

Whether for work or play, finding the tires best suited for your specific needs is not always an easy task. When you shop by vehicle, we'll help you find the right tire to match your driving needs.

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