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Some tires have tread patterns that were engineered to work really well in a specific direction. This is typical of very high-performance street performance tires and extreme off-road tires. Directional tires often give you the best grip on pavement, water channeling and mud/dirt/sand traction, but you can generally expect a bit shorter life because these tires can only be rotated front to rear. Directional tires, such as this Pro Comp Xterrain, will be clearly marked on the sidewall.