A New Twist on an All-Terrain Tire
When the first all-terrain style of tread came out many moons ago, it was designed for the weekend warrior who also needed his 4x4 to be a daily driver. While that was a great idea, most all-terrain treads are a bit biased towards the pavement part instead of a real working tire. While traction in sand and rocks are usually adequate with a standard all-terrain, performance in mud has always been the drawback.
With the introduction of the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3, all that has changed. While similar to the standard Baja ATZ carcass, the tread design on the P3 looks more like a mud tire, with impressive performance on the street and, more importantly, the trail. The newly designed tread blocks are unlike any closely spaced all-terrain pattern, and not as chunky as a true mud offering. Instead, the tire is more of a hybrid of the two but designed for low noise and great traction.
The new standard of the industry
To check out the P3, we mounted a set of 37x12.50R-17 tires on the new Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels. We chose the black-on-black style for the ’09 Dodge Ram truck we’ve had in our stable for a few years. The Ram is the perfect candidate because, while most of the time it sees too many highway miles and towing duties, it still needs to go into the worst trails and conditions so we can do our job. We’ve already worn out two sets of tires in 100,000 miles on this truck and figured this would be the best bet—and we weren’t disappointed.
The Load Range D tires seemed stiff at first, but properly adjusting air pressure to 35 psi front and 30 psi rear gave us a great ride and a perfect tread contact patch. If we were carrying more weight we would adjust the pressure up to compensate, but after 2,000 miles of on- and off-road testing we felt the ride was supersmooth, controllable, and more importantly very quiet. The P3 may well set the new standard of the industry in all-terrain style, as it truly works great in all terrain.
Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3
Made In: USA
Size Tested: 37x12.50R17
Load Range: D
Maximum Load (lb): 3,525 @ 50 psi
Tread Construction: 2 steel, 3 polyester, 1 nylon
Sidewall Construction: 3 poly plies
Tread Depth (in): 18⁄32
Tread Width (in): 10.4
Section Width (in): 13.1
Overall Diameter (in): 36.9
Weight (lb): 80
Sizes Available: 33- to 37-inch diameter for 16-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch rims