All-Terrain Tire Buyer’s Guide
All-terrain tires have been on the market for decades, giving buyers an experience that combines on-road stability, ride comfort, and efficiency with off-road prowess. In the past, all-terrain tires were often a compromise between extreme-traction and highway-biased tires, offering neither the benefits nor the drawbacks of either. To that jack-of-all-trades mentality, all-terrain tires could be chastised as masters of none.
Today, however, all-terrain tires provide ever-improving pavement performance and off-road traction that can rival dedicated trail tires. All-weather capability only increases their attractiveness to off-roaders and outdoor enthusiasts, since most feature three-peak mountain snowflake bragging rights. While there are many off-road tires on the market today, may we suggest you start with these 17 A-T hoops (presented alphabetically) as you consider your truck’s next set of shoes?
AMP Terrain Gripper A/T GOfficially unveiled at SEMA 2015, this tire offers a meticulously designed tread pattern that has a unique multi-block, staggered tread design for a smooth ride on the road and off-road grip, multi-step tread blocks that channel debris away from the tire, and a twin-lug sidewall design that improves traction. This is a fully tested winter tire, making it ideal for severe weather conditions.
Atturo Trail Blade A/TAvailable in outer diameters ranging between 29 and 33 inches, the Atturo Trail Blade A/T is available in fitments for many modern pickups. Many Atturo tires find their way onto dual-rear-wheel pickups thanks to their budget-friendly pricing and available E load rating. Aggressive, modern styling adds to their appeal, as does the tire company’s impressive performance in off-road short-course racing.
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2One of the most legendary all-terrain tires on the market is the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A. The latest version of that tire, the KO2, has been lauded as BFG’s best-ever A-T tire, thanks to sidewalls that have been strengthened 20 percent compared to the previous All-Terrain T/A. A new rubber compound extends tire life as well, and the All-Terrain T/A KO2 preserves its signature tread pattern, optimized for ideal tread wear, stone ejection, and traction. And the T/A’s popularity means plenty of sizes to choose from.
Continental TerrainContact A/TAlthough the Continental TerrainContact A/T has the look of a highway-terrain tire, it actually boasts impressive off-road and inclement-weather performance, befitting its name. Sized to fit 16- to 22-inch wheels, the TerrainContact A/T is designed for modern trucks, boasting Continental’s TractionPlus+ tire compound technology. Grooves in the tread itself help grip snow and ice, and full-depth siping helps improve traction over the entire life of the tire. Available in 20 passenger and 15 LT sizes, plus available E load ratings, the TerrainContact A/T also includes free road hazard protection and flat-tire roadside assistance.
Cooper Discoverer A/T3Cooper’s got you covered with the Discoverer A/T3. Now in its third generation, the all-terrain Discoverer is available in a variety of sizes, with E load ratings available. The five-rib tread design provides secure and stable handling on-road, with plenty of traction in the dirt thanks to the broken center rib. A silica-based tread compound provides good wet-weather traction and protects against cuts and chips. Sidewall styling is a bit sedate, which is a good thing for many tire shoppers.
Dick Cepek Trail CountrySince the Trail Country comes from off-road legend Dick Cepek, you’d expect it to feature impressive performance when the going gets rough. But the M+S-rated tire also features a five-rib tread pattern to evenly disperse weight across the contact patch for secure handling and improved tread life. In fact, every Trail Country tire carries a 50,000-mile warranty, and it’s offered in 26 popular sizes and an available E load rating.
Firestone Destination A/T Special EditionFeaturing the same tread pattern as the regular Firestone Destination A/T, the company’s Special Edition tire sports a unique tread pattern etched into the sidewall. Aside from that, it’s standard Destination A/T fare, meaning a smooth ride, wide shoulder lugs for better water and mud traction, and carbon-reinforced tire construction for better tread wear and resistance to chips, cracks, and tears. Firestone’s impressive warranty coverage comes along for the ride.
Fuel Gripper A/TThey’re affordable and get the job done, and heck, if you have a set of Fuel Off-Road wheels, why not run the company’s tires? They tout commendable bruise and cut protection, while heavy-duty 3-ply sidewalls offer stability in a variety of conditions. The siped treads allow for good…grip…shall we say? Did you notice the “F” from the Fuel logo in the tread?
General Grabber AT2One of the more aggressive all-terrain tires on the marketplace, the General Grabber AT2 is the second generation of the company’s popular tire. Lessons learned from the company’s famous red-letter Grabber tire helped in development of the Grabber AT, giving it impressive desert and dirt-road performance, interlocking tread blocks for better mud and snow traction, and careful design to give it a quiet freeway ride, in spite of its aggressive tread. The Grabber AT2 is also studdable, helping improve traction on glare ice.
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain AdventureThe Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is another tire on this list that carries the weight of a few decades of off-road performance. As would befit any tire with a Wrangler name, the All-Terrain Adventure features cut-resistant Durawall sidewall technology, a layer of Kevlar in its construction (two layers for LT tires), and all-season traction thanks to its tread compound. A long, 60,000-mile warranty is confidence-inspiring as well.
Interco VorTrac LTGood stability and a long tread life? Yes, please. This tire offers everything an all-terrain should—lots of siping for wet weather, snow and ice traction, smooth and quiet operation on the road, and good looks. It comes in fitments up to 22 inches, covering the range of popular aftermarket sizes. Other Interco options that blur Interco’s lines between all-terrain and mud-terrain include the SS-M16 and Sniper LT.
Mickey Thompson Deegan 38 All-TerrainLast year’s Mickey Thompson Deegan 38 mud tire has made way for a second member of the family: the Deegan 38 All-Terrain. A silica-reinforced tread compound helps prevent cuts and chips, while tread block siping improves wet weather performance. Angled shoulders and a “SideBiter” sidewall pattern improve traction off-road as well, while high-tensile 2-ply body cords provide increased durability while lowering weight. Though obviously less aggressive than the original Deegan 38, the All-Terrain still looks cool, while providing impressive on- and off-road performance.
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Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8The name’s a mouthful, but with an aggressive sidewall design, dirt-friendly tread pattern, and three years of roadside assistance included, the Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8 is a great fit for many truck owners. A staggered center rib improves traction off-road, while siping throughout the tread helps with wet and snowy driving. A wide shoulder block provides greater stiffness, helping with on-road stability.
Nitto Terra Grappler G2Dual sidewall designs are one neat feature of the Nitto Terra Grappler G2, but that interesting cosmetic touch doesn’t even hint at the capability of these tires. Full-depth sipes, stiff shoulder lugs, variable interlocking tread blocks, and joints that couple outer tread blocks with inner tread blocks improve performance and traction in off-road, wet, and dry conditions, making the G2 a solid choice for both the family SUV and the off-roader.
Pro Comp Xtreme A/TLarger voids, deeper tread blocks, and a Bigfoot-inspired sidewall design immediately set the Pro Comp Xtreme A/T apart, making it seem more like a mud-terrain tire. Yet Pro Comp claims the Xtreme remains quiet on the street and confident in bad weather—qualities that set it apart from other M/Ts on the market. In addition, Pro Comp offers a 50,000-mile warranty on the maximum-traction all-terrain tire.
Toyo Open Country R/TWe’ve spilled some ink before on the new category of tire called “rugged-terrain,” so we’ll spare you the tedious details. Just know that the Toyo Open Country R/T offers almost all the on-road comfort of its all-terrain competition, adding a dollop of added off-road performance thanks to its aggressive tread pattern and durable construction. Available in a handful of sizes to fit 15- to 22-inch wheels, the Open Country R/T and its rugged-terrain brethren are fast becoming the favorite meats of daily driven off-roaders everywhere.
Treadwright WardenAs Treadwright’s most aggressive all-terrain tire available, the Warden features a high-void interlocking tread pattern and plenty of siping to enhance traction in all conditions. Treadwright’s environmentally friendly, remolded construction is also DOT-rated for tire safety, providing customers with budget pricing and good performance, with excellent customer service as well.