King Of The Pit
Mickey thompson Baja mtz Radial
It's never easy to pick a winner in a shootout like this. Considering all the variables that come into play, it can be almost maddening splitting hairs over such a competent bunch of tires. Luckily, two things usually happen as we near the end of one of our tests: A frontrunner emerges, and the low-performer becomes increasingly more obvious. Though we thought every tire fit nicely into the mud-terrain category, the Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radial simply performed the best out of the bunch.
With over 40 years of off-road racing and business experience, Mickey Thompson has crafted some of the largest and most recognizable tires and wheels in the industry. So when the 33x12.50 Baja MTZ Radials showed up in our test, the legendary nameplate had a lot to live up to.
While it's hard to pinpoint the most defining feature that made the MTZ our top pick, we credit most of its high marks to its efficient self-cleaning.
Whether we ran our Jeep Wrangler JK with the selectable lockers unlocked or dropped the Willys flatfender crossways into the pit, the tires always ejected the mud effortlessly and kept both rigs digging forwards. Though the tread pattern doesn't look extremely aggressive for a pit master, it's clear that Mickey Thompson's mud-minded tire engineers did their homework when creating the pattern.
In the end we found that there's often more than meets the eye when it comes to a modern mud-terrain, and sometimes a mild tread stagger and well-placed cleats are all it takes to find traction in places other tires simply can't.
Load Range: C
Tread Depth (in): 20.5/32
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