What Are The Best Tires For Off-Roading?
Author: Alexi Rafferty
April 12, 2021
There are a lot of off-road tires out there and many of them claim to have the best performance in their class, but which tires truly are the best off-road tires? We've compiled a list of hands-down the BEST off-road tires on the market today that you can grab for your rig.
These tires will also get you to and from your day-to-day commute but more importantly, they will get you through the worst of off-roading.
We know everyone's heard and probably run the Nitto Ridge Grappler, which is why it's first on our list. This tire has been hot on the market for good reason.
The Ridge Grappler gives you the best of both worlds with its hybrid design. This means it's suitable for both on and off-road adventures giving you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want.
The on-road experience of the Ridge Grappler is smooth and stable so you can head to work comfortably during the week and go hard on the weekends on the off-road trails.
The Ridge Grappler overall handles, brakes, and corners really well in both wet and dry conditions and it gets great snow traction as well.
This tire has an E-load rating meaning that per tire you get about 3,200 pounds of load capacity with a T-speed rating, meaning that it is approved for speeds up to 118 mph. This tire does start a little higher when it comes to price, but the performance is 100% worth the price. Ask anyone who's run the Ridge Grappler and they'll give you the same answer.
Next up we have the Kenda Klever R/T which has also been a very popular off-road choice by enthusiasts for years now. This is another hybrid tire with all-terrain and mud-terrain compounds giving you the best of both worlds.
The Kenda Klever R/T has large tread voids and because of that, it will have a little more road noise compared to a full-on mud tire for example. But, it will also have more off-roading capability because of those large tread voids.
The Klever R/T has become popular from its off-road performance, but also because it won't drain your bank account. It's one of the more affordable tires that provides awesome grip and traction on the trails.
The Klever R/T also has an E-load rating and it has an R-speed rating meaning that it is approved for speeds up to 106 mph. Pricing starts at $885 a set and it is available in a variety of sizes for many different rigs.
Toyo has been around a long time and has a great reputation for a reason. This tire has absolutely killer reviews and is widely loved by many off-road enthusiasts.
The Open Country A/T 3 has really large voids, siping for snow traction, and large shoulder lugs. This is considered an all-terrain tire but it is designed essentially like a hybrid tire. The best part, they start at $645 for a set. You can get out on the trails in no time.
BFGoodrich is another huge name in the tires industry. Like Toyo, BFGoodrichis well known for a reason, they make really high-quality tires that have always performed well on and off the road.
The All-Terrain TA KO2 again is also considered an all-terrain tire but looks very much like a hybrid tire. These again have large tread voids, grooves, and sipes in tread blocks. The TA k02 is known for its durability and long-lasting treadwear due to its racing design origins.
The K02 also is rated for snow and ice giving it a well-rounded profile for all terrains and seasons.
This is also an E-load rated tire and they come in as low as $767. Again, there is a multitude of sizes for whatever rig you drive.
Finally, last but not least is the Kanati Trail Hog. The Trail Hog is also an all-terrain with hybrid-like tread designs. It has massive tread voids between lugs and really large shoulder blocks giving it great performance on rocky terrains.
The noticeable difference with the Kanati Trail Hog is the extra sipping across the tire which helps the tire excel in snow and ice. A common theme with this tire is leaving them a lower PSI to increase road contact.
Besides this, the Kantai Trail Hog drivers super smooth is relatively quiet, and performs great off-road which is why it's been such a popular choice for avid off-road enthusiasts and their rigs.
This one again is also an E-load rating that comes in many different sizes starting at $843 for a set. The Trail Hog has a Q-speed index, meaning that it is approved for up to 99 mph.
What do you think? Are these the BEST off-road tires? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and if you've run any of these tires on your rig.