NEW Nitto Recon Grappler Tire Review
June 25, 2021
The new Nitto Recon Grappler has been capturing everyone's attention. The Ridge Grappler has been the number 1 best-selling tire for a few years running, could this newbie take the crown?
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The first thing I noticed about this Recon Grappler is the fact that it has a lot of similarities to the Toyo RT. You have the big grooves to really help evacuate mud, sand, and loose debris items. But then there are smaller channels in between those other center treads on there to help reduce road noise. Of course, the closer the tread lugs are compacted together, the quieter the tire is going to be.
But they still left plenty of room in these bigger channel voids here to help really with off-road aggressiveness. This tire looks like it's really going to be able to handle all of on and off-road purposes and it's still considered an all-terrain.
Hybrid tires will have even more channel grooves, bigger channel grooves. They'll have bigger shoulder lugs. There'll be more for that about 50/50 on-road and off-road traction and performance. They'll still give you reputable on-road performance handling, quiet braking performance, cornering acceleration, all of those traction necessities that you need on the road but also really aggressive off-road traction tread pattern as well.
Whereas, an all-terrain like this is really going to give you a little bit more on-road performance as far as the quietness, the tread longevity. In fact, Nitto rates the LT metric and also the flotation sizes as a 55,000 warranty. So it's still pretty respectable there. If you are running your vehicle more on the road, an all-terrain is really a great way to go.
And that's what Nitto did with their Recon Grapplers as they really wanted a great performing on-road truck tire but still something that can get you to those hard-to-get-to locations when you're off-roading.
So if you're hunting, if you're rock crawling, or if you're just on the trails this tire is really going to be able to grab and grip at that terrain when you're off-road to get you to where you need to go. What's really nice about this tire is it still has well-mannered shoulder lugs. And when I say well-mannered, I mean that they're pretty tightly packed together. They really grab and grip that terrain below to help get you through some of those tough situations. They really have that digging sort of style for scooping.
So when you are in muck or if your air down, you still have that traction. They really kept it still aggressive enough to really handle those off-road low traction situations. The Recon has variable depth sipes, some larger than others. You still have your regular sipes that are going in your shoulder lugs, and then throughout the treads. But then there are a little bit wider sipes in there that are very in-depth too.
That's going to give you some extra tread rigidity. When you're slamming on your brakes or if you're hard accelerating or cornering, those lugs aren't going to be folding over on you. They can stiffen the tread lugs but still give you that extra traction for all weather conditions.
The Recon is going to give you great roadability, great handling on the road, and still give you a lot of aggressive traction while air down, off-road, even without being aired down. This definitely looks like it's going to be a pretty aggressive all-terrain design. So it's going to be that multipurpose. You get one tire that's going to get you through the winter months, off-roading, and still offer you decent, respectable on-road manners. It really looks like Nitto again has nailed it with this one.
Better equipped for off-roading
Larger tread voids for grabbing at the terrain
More aggressive design
Quiet / more comfortable on the road
Siping for wet or slippery conditions
Will last longer for on-road driving
Like always, when you get a wheel and tire package, you will receive free shipping, mounting, and balancing. We also offer as low as 0% APR financing for those who qualify, so you can build now and pay later! What tires do you run on your off-road rig? Let us know in the comments down below.