Best Off-Road Tires For Each American Region

September 12, 2022

What Are The Best Off-Road Tires For Your Region?

One size does not fit all, so to speak, and that couldn't be any more true when it comes to picking out the right tire for your own particular needs and circumstances. In addition to that, we need to factor in all the varying climates and weather conditions of the places where we live. After all, something that might work for someone who lives in the southern portion of America might not work quite as well for someone in the northern portion of the country, and vice versa.

So then, the question becomes: What are the best tires for the region of the continent that we live in? Well, let's go find out. Today, we'll be showing you the best tires that you can buy depending on where you live and what your needs are - they're different for all different locations and places, so with this info, you'll be able to get the high performance and peace of mind that you've been searching for. Let's take a look!

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires

What Regions Are We Discussing?

Real quick, we should preface with this, because it's important to break down the regions before jumping right into the tire info. The easiest way to determine what the northern and southern regions of America are is to separate them by those of us who get icy, snow-filled, treacherous wintry conditions, and those of us who don't. For the most part, this separation line is around the 40th parallel, as above it, you'll find most of the typical northern climates with all four seasons, and below it, you'll find more tropical environments. With that in mind, let's see which tires are best for where.


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2021 Jeep Gladiator with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires

Which Tires Are Best-Suited For Off-Roading In Northern America?

We'll begin our search by looking for the best tires for northern American territories. These need to be tires that are pretty much designed and engineered to do it all, or at least close to it all, but that being said, we're not sure that the perfect tire actually exists - well, not yet anyway. To keep it simple, we're gonna go through the types of tires that work best for daily drivers that often see the trails on the weekends, and that means that the tread design is gonna have to have a lot of siping for additional grip in snow, wet roads, and wet rocks.

2021 Ford F-150 with Mickey Thompson Baja Boss AT tires

Also, because of all the mud and deep snow throughout the northern region, we'll need large evacuation tread voids, similar to a mud-terrain, but we're also gonna want a high number of center tread blocks for increased performance and traction on the road when compared to a traditional mud-terrain tire. We'll want large, bulky shoulder blocks to help scoop out mud and snow, and aggressive sidewall cleats or lugs for extra bite in the deep ruts while aired down. The tread compound will need to be softer than an all-terrain to help increase its adhesion properties in the freezing, icy cold winter conditions as well. So, a tire that has the three-peak mountain snowflake rating would be the best-case scenario here.

2021 Jeep Gladiator with Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek tires

With all that in mind - and this is a pretty tall order for a tire brand - there are only a few tires out there that fit within these parameters. First on the list is the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac, which is a favorite of many. Second is the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Hybrid All-Terrain, but in sizes narrower than 315 to get the 3PMSF rating. Number three on our list is the Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek, and our last one is the Kanati Trail Hog AT4. These are just four of the most aggressive tires that we could find, but that doesn't mean that there aren't more like these out there.

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Falken WildPeak AT3W tires


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Which Tires Are Best-Suited For Off-Roading In Southern America?

For all of you south of the 40th parallel that rarely have to experience the joys of driving on ice, what are your options here? South of the 40th parallel, picking out the right type of tire really just comes down to what the most common terrain is that you go off-roading on. If we want to, we can remove the severe winter driving rating if we almost never drive in temperatures below freezing or under 40 degrees.

With that said, a 3PMSF rating will offer at least 10% more cohesion on the road or in the rocks, which is advantageous for many of us who live in the south. The only disadvantage here is that your tires are going to wear faster, being that they have a softer rubber and silicone composition - regardless, an all-terrain or hybrid rugged-terrain tire with at least a mud plus snow rating, three-ply sidewall construction, and aggressive shoulder lugs and cleats will perform great in a large number of on and off-road environments.

2021 Jeep Wrangler with BFGoodrich KO2 tires

Best Tires For Driving in Sand and Slick Rocks

If you're driving a lot in sand, silt, slick rocks, or most rocks for that matter, a lot of siping throughout the tire will help tremendously - the offering for these tires is pretty vast, but a few favorites are the Nitto Ridge Grappler, Falken WildPeak AT3W, and BFGoodrich KO2.

Toyo Open Country AT III tires on 2021 Jeep Wrangler

Best Tires For Driving In Deep Mud and Trails

Now for our favorite tire types - these are for those of you who are really needing a tough, super durable, aggressive, high-traction tire for deep mud or trails that might normally tear the shreds out of an all-terrain or rugged terrain tire. We're referring to mud-terrain categorized tires, and these will typically have a tread compound that's even softer than a 3PMSF rated tire, and wear down the fastest if you're mostly doing on-road driving or other types of gritty granite-like surfaces. Some of the best mud-terrains in the business include the NItto Trail Grappler, Toyo Open Country M/T, and BFG KM3.


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No matter where you live or what kind of tire you're looking for, they're all available in stock now in our inventory, and are ready to ship to your door in as little as 10 days if you live in the lower 48. With that in mind, come check out our tire store and pick out the tires that are best suited for your needs and build - of course, you can package your tires with new wheels as well for extra strength, and we'll even take care of the mounting, balancing, and shipping for free if you do so. Come get your next set of tires from us today!

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