Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
We enjoy testing new tires. And more often than not we find ourselves putting the most aggressive and knobby mud-terrain varieties at the top of our test list. For our most recent tire review we put aside our mud-terrain bias and grabbed a hold of Falken’s WildPeak All Terrain. Falken is among the few tire companies that are virtually reinventing the traditional all-terrain. This means fitting A/Ts with larger, deeper, and more aggressive tread patterns to improve not only the tire’s looks but also its off-road prowess.
Without question, rising fuel costs, shrinking budgets, and the old “do less with more” attitude is saturating our economy. Traditionally, we’ve always been mud-terrain guys at heart, but we’ve found the new generation of all-terrains to have an excellent place in the off-road world. Especially when you factor in the smooth ride, silent hum, increased performance, and, in Falken’s case, 50,000-mile limited tread life warranty.
We’ll be the first to admit that upon first glance the 37x12.50R17 WildPeak isn’t the most aggressive-looking tire (minus 2 cool points). As it turns out, what the Falkens lack in hardcore looks they more than make up for in performance (plus 4 cool points). From the steep and rocky Colorado mountains to the mammoth sand dunes at Idaho Falls, we’ve put the WildPeaks to the test over a huge mix of terra firma. While wet clay and thick mud aren’t the WildPeak’s strong suit (nor any other all-terrain’s, for that matter), we found it to be an extremely versatile trail tire, which fits the A/T title perfectly.
Overall, if your wheeler servers as your daily driver and isn’t nicknamed Muddy Mistress, then the Falken WildPeak A/T is worth a look.
Make, Model & Type Falken WildPeak A/T Radial
Size Tested 37x12.5R17 Load Range D
Maximum Load (lb) 3,525 @ 50 psi
Sidewall Construction 3-ply polyester
Tread Construction 8-ply casing (SYM)
Approved Rim Width (in) 8.5-11.0
Tread Depth (in) 18⁄32
Tread Width (in) 9.3
Section Width (in) 13.0
Overall Diameter (in) 36.6
Weight (lb) 81
Sizes Available (in) 28-37