We Test the Brand New Continental Terrain Contact A/T and General Grabber X3
General Tire Grabber X3We were recently let loose in the hills of Farmington, Pennsylvania, to test out General Tire’s latest offering from its Grabber line of light truck tires. The new Grabber X3 takes the “3” in its name very seriously, having been designed to provide extreme performance in mud, dirt, and rock.
Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire, realizes the high demands required from the off-road enthusiasts and is confident this new GRABBER X3 will exceed their expectations.
"We are excited for the new Grabber X3 to join the strong line-up of off-road tires that General is known to provide," Roffler said. "More than 3 years of research and development have gone into the development of the X3. We have anticipated the launch of the Grabber X3 into the mud-terrain market and are extremely confident we have a product that will meet the demands required by those looking for this type of tire."
Over 500 hours of off-road testing, more than 1,000 tires built and tested, and well over two million miles of testing in a variety of extreme conditions was performed before the X3 was finalized. For mud, the tire offers a high void pattern design, evacuation channels, and alternating shoulder scoops. For dirt, there are block chamfers, traction notches, and stone bumpers. For rock, the tire is equipped with multi-angle gripping edges, deflection ribs and pads, and sidewall lugs. Three-ply construction is standard in all sizes, and they feature Duragen, a robust compound and ultra-high-strength steel belts. On-road features include siped design for wet and winter performance and a multi-pitch pattern design to minimize noise.
There’s nothing that discourages us more than a new tire with severely limited availability in terms of sizes. The Grabber X3 will offer 29 sizes right out of the box! Expect 31- to 37-inch diameters with rim diameters from 15 to 20 inches, and all the popular metric sizes in-between.
For our testing purposes, we were turned loose in the extremely muddy hills in mostly stock Jeep JKs, where we covered a day’s worth of miles of pavement, gravel, rocks, and some of the deepest, slimiest mud us California folk had ever seen. The Grabber X3s took it all in stride. We’ve always said if you’re testing a tire and can’t find anything to complain about, then they must have done something right. Is this case, the three years of research has paid off in spades, providing a quiet, versatile tire that will soon be making waves in the mud-terrain market, no doubt. Our not-so-leisurely stroll soon became a contest to find the toughest lines to follow, biggest rocks to roll over, and deepest mud pits to transverse, and the Grabber X3s never even noticed! For more info on the new X3, visit www.generalTire.com.
Continental Terrain Contact A/TRecently, we headed to western Pennsylvania with Continental Tire to witness the unveiling of their first-ever all-terrain tire, the Terrain Contact A/T. that’s right, the tire company that has been around longer than anyone reading this has been alive and is synonymous with high-performance and touring tires now has a new addition to the family.
The Terrain Contact A/T is touted as the ideal all-terrain tire for us truck and SUV lovers with the ability to conquer dirt and gravel while providing a quiet, comfortable ride on pavement. According to Director of Marketing Travis Roffler, “This tire is the best balance of on and off-road performance and is ideal for the driver who spends roughly 90 percent of their time on-road and 10 percent off-road. While this is a new segment for Continental Tire, we are confident the hours and miles we’ve invested in testing this tire will pay off.”
What this means to us truck guys is that there is a new tire out there when you are looking for something slightly more aggressive for a stock or lightly modified truck. And the hours and miles invested are no joke. Continental’s new all-terrain tire was three years in the making, including more than 100 hours of computer simulation and over a million miles of machine testing. Continental then went the extra mile and tested the Terrain Contact A/T for over two million combined miles on and off-road.
The Terrain Contact A/T marks the debut of Continental’s Traction Plus Technology. Off-road, Traction Plus provides traction and durability via an open pattern and large stable blocks. On-road, Traction Plus Technology provides excellent wet traction and a quiet, comfortable ride through noise blockers and pattern shifting.
The Terrain Contact A/T also provides all-season traction. Traction Grooves provide gripping teeth inside the groove that lock snow for improved snow grip while full-depth sipes aid in snow and ice traction. To top it off, the even road surface contact provided by a flat contour shape, and strong tread shoulders, boost the tires tread life.
With all of that in mind, we took to the streets, and the gravel, to do some real world driving in various vehicles that included Ford F250s, Land Rovers, and 4Runners and did wet-braking tests, noise tests, and road tests through the hills of Pennsylvania. We weren’t only just testing the Contis, but were running them head to head against the top tires in the market segment. The results were impressive. Like most of Continental’s offerings, we soon realized we were getting top-tier performance with middle-tier pricing. Performance exceeded our expectations on all fronts, and we can safely predict that the Terrain Contact A/T will soon be a big player in the mild all-terrain market. For more info on the new Terrain Contact A/T, check out www.continentaltire.com.