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Mickey Thompson Baja Boss vs. Cooper STT Pro

February 19, 2021

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The Cooper Discoverer STT Pro and the Mickey Thompson Baja Boss have been getting compared a lot lately. This is because they have an eerily similar tread pattern.

But which one is better? We are laying it all out for you in today’s blog! Stay tuned. 

 

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Table of Contents

1. Overview

2. Baja Boss Performance and Design

3. Baja Boss Pros and Cons

4. STT Performance and Design

5. Cooper STT Pro Pros and Cons

6. Sizing 

7. Pricing

 

Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

Overview

 

Both the Cooper STT Pro and Mickey Thompson Baja Boss are tires that are designed to be more aggressive for off-road driving situations but can still handle the needs of a daily driver. What’s interesting is that not anywhere on Cooper’s website do they classify their STT Pro’s as anything more than an extreme All-Season tire.

 

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And Mickey Thompson definitely labels their Baja Boss as a Mud-Terrain. Though, if you are planning on using your vehicle as a daily driver, both tires will perform very well on-road. And both have excellent reputations for being relatively quiet, even at highway speeds. Both are designed as more aggressive tires. 

 

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Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tire

 

Baja Boss Performance and Design

 

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Getting a bit more into the design characteristics of each tire, one notable difference with Mickey Thompson’s Baja Boss is that Mickey Thompson designed the tread pattern to be asymmetrical. Not to be confused with directional. This just means that the tread pattern varies slightly on the inside tread design compared to the outer tread design and is designed that way to vary the tread pitch and reduce road noise while increasing the on-road center handling feel.

 

Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tire

 

Plus it helps keep the aggressive tread pattern for increased off-road traction. Being that the tread pattern is not directional, you don’t have to worry about which way you’re rotating the tires, including the spare. But when mounting them you will need to make sure the correct side is facing out per the instructions written right on the sidewall of the tire.

 

Mickey Thompson Baja Boss Tire

 

This tread has uniquely shaped center tread lugs and scoop-shaped shoulder lugs with pretty substantial voids in between the lugs to really help in evacuating mud, snow, and sand. They also have made this tread extremely tough so you won’t have to worry about puncturing it. 

 

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Baja Boss Tire

 

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Baja Boss Pros and Cons

 

Pros:

  • 3-ply sidewall

  • Long tread life

  • Fantastic grip/ traction off-road

  • Durable

 

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Cons:

  • Not as capable as other hardcore mud tires

  • Could be quieter on-road

 

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Baja Boss Tire

 

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STT Pro Performance and Design

 

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So then what about Cooper’s STT Pro? How does its design compare to the Baja Bosses? Well for one, Cooper has designed their tread pattern to be symmetrical as opposed to the asymmetrical design on the Baja Boss. Symmetric tread patterns just mean that if you split the tire in half vertically, you’ll find that the outer tread design will be identical to the inner tread design and won’t matter on which side is facing out when mounting the tire on the wheel.

 

Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

Unless of course, you prefer the white letters to be facing out or in.

Like the Baja Boss, the tread design features these aggressive center lugs and scoop-shaped shoulder lugs, however, you’ll notice on the Baja Boss that the center lugs are packed a little bit more closely together on the one side of the center of the tread and was designed that way to help aid in reducing the on-road noise and handling performance of the tire giving it just a slight advantage over the STT Pro for on-road manners.

 

Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

But they have left the tread lugs a little bit more open to help increase the off-road traction. More space or voids in between the lugs allows the tire’s tread to flex a bit better while crawling over rocks or obstacles. 

 

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Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

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Cooper STT Pro Pros and Cons

 

Pros:

  • Good looking

  • Good traction/ handling off-road

  • Low rolling resistance

  • 3-ply construction

 

Cooper STT Pro

 

Cons:

  • Poor fuel economy

  • Could be quieter on-road

  • Could be better on wet surfaces

 

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Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

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Sizing

 

The Baja Boss comes in thirty-seven different size and load configurations. Compare that to the STT Pro’s forty-five different size and load configurations. 

 

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Baja Boss Tire

 

Pricing

 

As far as the price comparison between the two, we found that their prices are actually quite comparable depending on size. But for the most part, they are neck and neck.

 

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Baja Boss Tire

 

So it’s up to you as to which one is better, depending on what you use your rig to do. Which one do you think is better? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Cooper STT Pro Tire

 

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