Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

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Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4x4
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Location: Montreal, QC
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
December 28, 2011

I LOVE THESE TIRES. I live in Montreal, Canada and needed a good snow and ice tire, but didn't want to give up on looks for my lifted Eddie Bauer Explorer. Looks wise these tires can't be beat in their category. They have a very aggressive tread pattern with a mean looking sidewall. They totally changed the attitude of my truck and I get many compliments on them. They just scream get out of the way. They could almost pass themselves off as a pure mud tire just on looks, but work fantastically in everyday driving situations. Performance wise I am beyond satisfied. I was a little nervous about using such a big, wide tire in snowy and icy conditions but believe me, that worrying was for nothing. The first week I had them they were put to the test. We got hit with freezing rain the day I installed them and the roads were like a skating rink. Highways were closed and cars were in ditches. I took my truck out to see how they would do and I was amazed. I goosed it down a few streets and stomped on the brakes. They just clawed at the ice and stopped me quickly every time, straight as an arrow. In turns you could feel them grabbing. I knew that the rear end wanted to come loose, but the Duratracs would have none of it and kept me in line every time, even when pushed hard. Christmas day was the next test. We had a lot of driving to do, both city and highway. It snowed all day and the tires simply ate it up. They love snow and slush and the traction was flawless. I never once felt them slip. My dad described the drive home in his car as scary as --------. I described mine as a walk in the park. On dry pavement they are surprisingly quiet for such an aggressive tire. You can hear them just enough to remind you that you're riding on some serious rubber, and I like that. The final question will be to see how they endure. They're still fairly new for me so I can't comment on the tread life, but if it matches the rest of the tire's performance I'll be happy. BUY THESE TIRES.

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