All-Terrain means precisely that, they can go just about anywhere your 4x4 or SUV can go. Built tougher, including a stronger sidewall, slightly aggressive and more open tread pattern, when compared to a Highway Terrain (HT) tyre, and with a harder rubber compound than a Mud-Terrain. This makes All-Terrain tyres the best-suited tyre for most surfaces including rock, gravel, mud, sand, snow and the bitumen.
All-Terrain generally means 60% on-road and 40% off-road use. They are one of the hardest working tyres available but you still have to be honest about your intended driving purpose when purchasing these tyres. How much time will you spend off-road? Will you be taking on more touring in the future? And do you spend the working week commuting to the city, but love tackling extreme 4WD tracks on the weekend? These kinds of questions will ultimately lead you to an All-Terrain purchase.
It has never been easier to drop the kids off at school and run work errands all week before loading the car up for a weekend of off-road camping and 4WD'ing. It’s all in the chosen tread pattern. An AT tyre can allow you to crawl those epic trails without getting stuck but provides quiet, safe and reliable daily driving on the highway.
Compromising, it’s all about compromising.
What areas of performance in your tyres are you willing to compromise on to be excellent in others? For instance, you may be fine with a little road noise and shorter tyre life in exchange for exceptional grip, which means that a mud terrain may be the tyre for you. You might spend 70% of the time on the road so you’re looking for a longer tyre life to save money but still hit the trails on the weekend, which means that an All Terrain may be the better choice for you. In either instance, taking the time to carefully consider your intended driving purpose will go a long way in finding the best tyre for your 4WD.
Most of the top brands have one, if not more, All-Terrain tyres in their range. Brands like Falken, Cooper, Toyo, Kumho, Pirelli, Maxxis, BFGoodrich and Mickey Thompson are all available through your local Tyrepower store. Contact your local Tyrepower store today to discuss your next set of tyres.