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Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3 Tire Test

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on October 10, 2018
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Photographers: Cody Huber

We all learn to live with some compromise. For example, you probably need to put in work during the week to earn enough cash to have fun wheeling on the weekend. And although humans can walk upright, scientists tell us it can also be why we suffer backaches later in life. Some compromises aren’t worth it if you find yourself giving up too much in the bargain. The trick to living with compromise is to maximize the pros while minimizing the cons.

In the early 1930s, the wife of an Australian farmer asked Ford Motor Company to build a vehicle she could use go to church on Sundays and carry the pigs to market on Monday. Aussie Ford designer Lew Bandt drew up compromise that was part car, part pickup. That vehicle hit the market in 1934 and was known Down Under as a “ute” (short for utility vehicle). Henry Ford called it a “Kangaroo Chaser.” Years later, after GM-owned Holden developed a model in 1951, America finally got the 1957 Ford Ranchero and 1959 Chevrolet El Camino. The cons of the compromise were that these vehicles couldn’t haul cargo as well as a pickup, nor carry as many passengers as a standard sedan. This eventually led to the last car-truck (an El Camino) rolling off the assembly line in 1987.

Another reason for the end of the car-truck mash-ups was that a better compromise with fewer cons started showing up on the market. The Big Three American truck builders started building trucks that were more comfortable (dare we say more carlike?) and had bigger cabs with room for more passengers—all without losing their ability to haul big loads of cargo or go off-road. A compromise that certainly minimized the cons and maximized the pros!

This coincides to what has been happening with all-terrain tires lately. In the past, some all-terrain tires were too much of a compromise with too many downsides—wearing out too quickly on the pavement and offering only minimal traction in the dirt. Today’s tire makers (like the truck makers) have exorcised those downside demons and upgraded the upside. All-terrain tires now roll smooth and have longer tread life on pavement while still offering great off-road traction. Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T Revo 3 is one of the newest of these no-compromise all-terrains on the market, so we decided to get a set and spend a little seat time in the outback with our sport ute.

While similar at first glance to Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T Revo 2, the Revo 3 is designed to be more aggressive and work better off-road with bigger voids separating larger tread blocks and staggered shoulder lugs—all without hurting smooth, comfortable pavement performance. The twin-circumferential grooves and shoulder slots help shoot water out from under the tire to reduce hydroplaning in wet weather. Snow performance (which we weren’t able to test in the middle of summer!) is also said to be improved using Bridgestone’s proprietary Traction Claw technology.
We drove several hundred miles on the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 tires during our test. They balanced with minimum weight and were smooth rolling on the pavement with only a hum at lower speeds that moved to a higher-pitched—but not objectionable—soft whir at speed. At 20 psi on our 4,500-pound Grand Cherokee WJ, the Dueler Revo 3s had good flotation in sand and yet could still carve an accurate corner. Notice how the new Revos now have some tread pattern flowing down onto the sidewalls that the previous Revo 2s did not have.
It’s not easy finding mud, or even water, in the Mojave Desert in the summer, but we lucked out by following a few monsoonal cloudbursts that drifted over from Arizona. Granted, the mud was only a couple inches deep and watery, but we could tell the Revo 3’s two deep shoulder grooves wanted to fling the slop. Of course, if you’re really going to be seriously mudding in deep, thick, slimy goo, you might want to run a dedicated set of mud tires. Let’s face it—even a well-designed all-terrain tire that maximizes the pros in most instances might not help you in extreme conditions.
It seems obvious to us that the Revo 3’s ability to fling a little mud (and, of course, water) has something to do these large, twin-circumferential grooves. They are wide enough to stick your fingers into and deep enough to swallow almost half of a quarter! It’s nice having voids this large on an all-terrain tire (that still runs quietly) to help keep it from packing up with dirt putty.
Graded-and-graveled fire roads were a blast with the Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3s not missing a beat—or a corner. Responsive and controllable in turns yet still smooth at speed, the Revo 3 is designed with three-dimensional groove steps and staggered shoulder lugs to increase stability, tread wear life, and traction off-pavement. The Revo 3 is available in 37 sizes (P- and LT-metric sizes) and is backed by a five-year/60,000-mile limited tread life warranty. (The warranty excludes LT-metric sizes, but we see no reason to believe they won’t last as long as the P-metric sizes since they have 2/32 inch more tread depth.)
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With as many tread blocks, grooves, edges, and steps as the Revo 3 has, it’s able to grip rocks like it would pavement. We kept pressure at 20 psi for the rocks, and even at that pressure the sidewalls maintain ability to wrap around the rocks. With no more rain in our test area’s forecast we weren’t able to try out the tires in a downpour either on pavement or off-road, but due to the proliferation of biting edges and large voids we would expect the tires to perform well in the wet. So, you can see how far we’ve come with compromise, especially when it comes to all-terrain tires like Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T Revo 3. These days you don’t need to compromise much to get what you want since all the pros have been maximized.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 Specifications

Size Tested: LT265/75R16
Type: All-terrain
Load Range: E
Maximum Load (lb): 3,415 @ 80 psi
Sidewall Construction: 2-ply
Approved Rim Width (in): 7.0-8.0
Tread Depth (in): 15/32
Tread Width (in): 8.0
Section Width (in): 10.5
Overall Diameter (in): 31.7
Weight (lb): 44
Sizes Available: 37 P- and LT-metric sizes from P225/75R16 to LT315/70R17

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