Before this tire test, we’d never heard of the Kanati Mud Hog by Greenball Tire, and we bet you haven’t either. It turns out that this is the first light-truck tire offered by Greenball, a company that makes tires for a number of applications, including ATVs, UTVs, commercial trucks, farm equipment, and the military.
With experience across a broad spectrum of the tire industry, Greenball was capable of hitting a home run with the Kanati Mud Hog. Greenball rep Kory Ellis said, “We wanted an aggressive tread pattern that would clean out in mud conditions, work well on trails, climb rocks, and still offer a smooth, quiet ride on the street combined with exceptional wear properties.”
Even though this review is based on a short testing period, we ran the Mud Hogs through a variety of terrain during that time, including a genuine mud pit. In short, we’re calling this a home run. When you hit a home run the first time at bat, you’re batting 1000.
We tested the 315/75R16 (35-inch) Mud Hog. Some tire stores won’t mount or balance anything bigger than a 33, so the Daniel’s Tire Commercial Truck Center in Santa Fe Springs, California, has been a refreshing change from the “Nope, sorry” norm. Two of the tires took 1.5 ounces to balance, and the other two took 2 ounces. The wheels are Dick Cepek DC-2s, which have generous brake caliper clearance and a UV-resistant clear coat for all-weather durability.
Hill climbs and descents happened without drama, and then the dirt donuts and high-speed passes began. This soil is hard-packed with a coarse, sandy overlay. An all-terrain would’ve been more ideal here, but the Mud Hogs have enough siping to perform well in an all-terrain’s territory. The generous knob size and void ratio are ideal for chunky clay and deep loam, but those soil types weren’t in our off-road testing area. A little mud, on the other hand, definitely was.
The Kanati Mud Hog is not a street tire, but was designed to have good street manners anyway. They do! Yes, you can hear them, and they’re louder than an all-terrain. At the same time, they’re quieter than several other popular mud tires out there. They roll smoothly over the tarmac. There’s no vibration or thumping to speak of. You can feel the knobs flex in hard corners, but canyon carving still inspired confidence.
There’s mud in SoCal if you know where to look, and this stuff was gloppy and deep; check out the mud line on the doors. We’ve just exited the mud pit, and the Kanati Mud Hogs have already self-cleaned. Too bad the rest of the 4Runner wasn’t self-cleaning to match. The goo got into every nook and cranny!
Up close, several tread elements come to light. The shoulder knobs have an alternating pattern that enhances self-cleaning. Between the shoulder knobs lie rock-ejecting ribs. The center knobs are arranged so they self-clean mud and grip loose soil, yet roll smoothly on the street. Every knob is siped, a big factor in the Mud Hog’s prowess over hardpack and pavement. Sidewall tread provides additional traction and resistance to trail damage. The DC-2 wheels have a six-spoke pattern that catches the eye and looks just right against the all-black 4Runner. If your truck has TPMS you’ll be glad to know that DC-2s are air-sensor friendly.
So far, so good. If you need a mud tire that also excels in other disciplines, the Kanati Mud Hog is ready to deliver. We’ll have an update for you in upcoming months when we get a few more miles on these tires.
Specs as Tested
Make/Model: Kanati Mud Hog by Greenball
Mounted On: Dick Cepek DC-2, 16x8 with -12mm offset
Size on Sidewall: 315/75R16
Load Range: D
Max Load (Tire): 3,195 pounds at 50 psi cold
Max Load (Wheel): 2,500 pounds
Tire Hardness: 63 at 97.0 degrees F
Tread Depth: 5/8-inch
# Plies in Tread: 6 (3 polyester, 2 steel, 1 nylon)
Weight of Tire: 65 pounds
Measured Diameter Unloaded: 34.43 inches
Measured Width Unloaded: 11.75 inches (on 8-inch-wide wheel)
Measured Tread Width: 9.75 inches (measured at apex of shoulder knobs)
Available Sizes: 13 sizes from 31x 10.50R15 to 305/70R18 (35-inch). Additional sizes coming late 2012
Available For: 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels, light truck (LT) applications
What We’d Install This Tire On: A do-it-all vehicle or a trail rig that also sees pavement use