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Testing Yokohama’s Newest All-Terrain Tire, the G015

Extreme Traction Meets Long Life

Scott Thompson
Apr 25, 2017
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
Tire selection can make or break a vehicle’s capabilities. When conditions deteriorate or the paved road ends the proper tires can make all the difference in both performance and safety. With the advent of new tires coming out that blur the lines between A/T and M/T designs, we put the truly all-terrain Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires through the wringer to see how they stack up.
Photo 2/7   |   Yokohama Geolandar G015 Tire
Our test vehicle was a heavy ’02 Ford Econoline van fit for off-road use. The previous set of mud-terrain tires were on their last legs and would prove to be a worthy competitor for a real world comparison. We had the efficient crew at Discount Tire (America’s Tire for those in California) mount up the LT 285/70R17 tires to our 17x9 Mickey Thompson Deegan Pro 2 wheels. With the tires mounted up we took to the streets and were immediately shocked with how smooth and quiet they rode. It seemed as though the vehicle was floating on a quiet cloud compared to the old mud-terrains. This makes for a drastic increase in driver and passenger comfort and exaggerates the desire for an all-terrain tire for distance or daily driving duties. Yokohama’s unique Enduro Compound featuring Orange Oil and special polymers resist wear and are rated for up to a 60,000-mile tread-life warranty on select sizes. The end product is a very long-lasting street performer.
Photo 3/7   |   Yokohama Geolandar G015
So what did we think when the road conditions deteriorated? Southern California doesn’t see too many varied conditions, but this past winter proved to be a true test of the tire’s capabilities in wet and standing water conditions. We are very happy to report back excellent traction in these conditions with confidence inspiring grip thanks in part to the circumferential grooves in the tread that expel water to prevent hydroplaning. Though we did not have the chance to test the tires in snow conditions, Yokohama provides unique Edgtec grooves that create more biting edges for traction in the snow.
Off-road performance was quite surprising as well, thanks to Triple 3D sipes that maintain biting edges as the tires wear out. Our test vehicle’s locked rear axle and tires were the only things keeping it from getting stuck frequently. With that tall order, the Geolandar G015s proved to be a very solid performer and kept the vehicle moving up the trail or through the desert with gusto. Compared side-to-side with the previous mud-terrain tires, these did feel a bit skittish in sandy conditions, but that is expected with a less aggressive tread pattern. This was not an issue though, as we were able to maintain forward momentum with ease, even from a dead stop in the soft stuff. Mud conditions did prove to be more challenging for these compared to purpose-built M/T tires, but with careful driving and finesse we were able to push through without getting stuck. For conditions that involve frequent heavy mud, we would look to a more aggressive tread design like the Geolandar M/T+ to avoid a potential issue.
Photo 4/7   |   Yokohama Geolandar G015 Off Road
Our overall take on the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires was very positive. The road manners are impeccable and the off-road capabilities are surprisingly good. We have gathered several thousand miles on this set and have no appreciable wear or cuts/chunking of the tread from rocks or road debris. We would not hesitate to replace this set when they wear out with the same ones, and that’s not something we say too often!
Size Tested: LT 285/70R17
Type: Radial
Load Range: E
Maximum Load (Lb @ Psi): 3,195 @ 80
Sidewall Plies: 2 polyester
Section Width (In): 11.3
Overall Diameter (In): 32.9
Revolutions Per Mile: 632
Weight (Lb): 55
Test Vehicle: ’02 Ford F-150

Sources

Discount Tire
800-589-9643
http://www.discounttire.com
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels
Stow, OH 44224
866-943-6730
www.mickeythompsontires.com
Yokohama Tire
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com

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