Which Off-Road Tire Is Better? Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T vs. M/T

July 25, 2022

Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T vs. M/T Off-Road Tire Comparison

So, you've narrowed down your tire search to just two possibilities left to choose from: the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss All-Terrain, or the Baja Boss Mud-Terrain. At first glance, we see some similarities in the asymmetrical tread design, but as we dive into the many differences between these two tires in today's piece, you'll begin to notice that each of these tires were designed specifically for what you intend to use your vehicle for.

With that said, Mickey Thompson just released a bunch of new sizes with their Baja Boss all-terrain lines, specifically for the SUV market. But today we're only focusing on their light truck and flotation sizes to give a more accurate comparison between the mud-terrain and all-terrain - with that in mind, let's see which one is best suited for your build.

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Difference In Sizes Between the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and M/T

This brings us to the first point of discussion, which is seeing what all is available in the different sizes between the two. Maybe one of them offers a larger variety of different sizes, and that right there is a determining factor of which one to go with.

For example, you can only get a 40-inch tall tire that fits a 17-inch wheel with the Baja Boss Mud-Terrain, as the All-Terrain only goes up to a 37-inch tire across its entire line of sizes. In the M/T you can also get a 33 and 35 inch tire that fits on a 15-inch wheel diameter, compared to only one 29-inch tall tire on a 15-inch wheel for the A/T.

For 16-inch wheel diameters there are four sizes available in the Baja Boss A/Ts, and only two sizes for the Mud-Terrains, but you can get a 35-inch tall mud-terrain that fits on a 16-inch wheel, whereas the all-terrains only go up to a 33-inch tall tire. For 17-inch wheels there are 13 different sizes available for the all-terrains, but only seven sizes for the M/Ts. And this sort of pattern followers throughout the different sizes available - all in all there are 56 sizes in the Baja Boss all-terrain line, and 32 sizes for the mud terrains.

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Performance Characteristics of the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and M/T

What we're more interested in for this comparison is knowing which tire is the best all-around, most functional tire for our own individual circumstances. For this comparison, we'll look at the different features of each tire and determine the best performance characteristics between the two.

Winter Performance of Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and M/T tires

The first characteristic we'll look at is winter performance, and that's something that the Baja Boss All-Terrain does quite well. It carries a three peak mountain snowflake rating, which means that it'll be the best choice for anyone who is doing a majority of their driving on pavement in areas that see snow, ice, or even temperatures colder than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now, this doesn't mean that you can't use the mud-terrain in these same areas, especially if your main focus is off-road performance. But while blasting through the deep powder you'll be able to better maintain control over your vehicle when driving on the pavement in those types of wintry conditions with the A/Ts.

Treadwear Warranty Coverage of the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and M/T

Another advantage with the A/Ts, especially for those of you who are going to be pounding the pavement, is the all-terrains will give you a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty against factory defects, whereas the mud-terrains will not offer a treadwear warranty.

Obviously, Mickey Thompson is well aware of what we put the mud-terrains through, and if there was a problem with the tread it would be impossible to determine if it was caused because of a factory defect or human negligence, like spinning all four of our tires on the rocks at 6,600 RPMs and leaving half the tire tread behind us.

Physical and Design Differences Between the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and M/T

Then, there's the actual physical differences of each tire. Noticeably, the M/Ts have less siping and much larger tread voids, or grooves, in between the tread logs to help optimize the amount of loose debris, sand, mud, snow dirt, and things like that. This helps them be more easily evacuated out of the tread faster in order to maintain traction in looser stuff.

The depth of the tread voids are also a bit deeper on the M/Ts, measuring about 19/32" on average, and the A/Ts hover around 17/32". Of course, by nature of design, the A/Ts will give you better on-road handling and comfort features too. They'll be a bit smoother and quieter, while offering better braking, cornering, and accelerating performance over the M/Ts.

The cool thing that Mickey Thompson has integrated into both tires, besides the asymmetrical tread design, is their 3-Ply PowerPly XD sidewalls in the light truck designations of the All-Terrains and throughout the entire Mud-Terrain line. This will give you a super strong sidewall on either model, and helps prevent punctures, tears, and cuts in the sidewall, especially while aired down. This also helps with handling and cornering performance both on and off the road.

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Which Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tire Is Best For Your Needs?

If you're not sure whether to go with the all-around multifaceted all-terrain, or the tire that'll get you through anything while off-roading, we would ask this question: Where are you using your 4x4 the most? If it's on the road with an occasional off-road trip, then the Baja Boss All-Terrain isn't gonna let you down, especially in colder climates.

Now, if you're in warmer climates or have pretty aggressive and harsh off-road terrains to get through, and a larger majority of your driving is off the pavement, then the answer is easy by going with the Baja Boss Mud-Terrain. If you do a lot of driving on the road, but need a tread pattern that's going to excel in harsh, off-road environments, and faster tread wear or three peak mountain snowflake ratings aren't going to be much concern of yours, go with the M/T, as the road handling characteristics will be relatively respectable on the pavement for a designated mud-terrain tire - it's pretty damn impressive at tackling whatever you throw at it.

Even if you're not in climates where the severe winter driving certification is needed, and because most of your driving is on the pavement and you prefer a longer tread life, plus the confidence that your tires will hold up in crappy situations off the beaten path, then the Baja Boss all-terrain is your best bet.

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Keep in mind that for all the additional specs of these two impressive tires, we have all of them listed on our site right now under each individual tire in our store. Both the Baja Boss A/T and M/T models are fantastic tires for any driving situation, and they're available now with financing, free shipping, and quick delivery available. Be sure to check them out and let us know if you have any further questions before you buy - otherwise, we'll see you out on the trails!

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