Between Four Wheeler, Jp Magazine, and 4-Wheel & Off-Road, we test a lot of tires. Ever wonder what happens when we take editors from all three titles, ship them off to the Oregon wilderness, cram them into a new Jeep Wrangler JL, and give them a set of Nexen Roadian MTX tires to test? Wonder no more, because here’s a sneak peek into what we in the magazine business call “another week at the office.”
Nexen Tire tossed on the boxing gloves and stepped into the ring with a new addition to the mud-terrain lineup. The Roadian MTX is a mean-looking tire boasting two separate sidewall patterns (beast and machine), a three-ply design, and an F load rating. Nexen offers the Roadian MTX in sizes from 33- to 37-inches for 15- to 22-inch wheels and gave us a set of 35x12.50R17 tires to test.
The testing grounds? The rain-soaked, snow-covered Pacific Northwest—Oregon to be specific. What is the first step to enjoying less than favorable traction conditions? Let out the air. We aired down to around 15 psi to let the sidewalls bulge and flex over the rocks.
The rain was constant and the rocks were many.
Imagine that! Mud on the wet rocks!
This obstacle on the Firebreak 5 trail gave the red JL a bit of trouble. Not to worry, Content Director Holman wheeled the open-differential Wrangler heroically, bouncing the 35-inch tires over each and every slimy stone.
These Nexen tires sure look better covered in mud.
They look even better getting hot and sticky while slinging the goo.
Next stop was the coast, and by that we mean the dunes.
The big tread blocks on the Roadian MTX rubbers dug into the sand just enough to get us going, then flung the sand out to keep us floating across the dunes.
Turning in the loose soil was no problem for the Roadian MTXs.
The next day found the editors on gravel and dirt roads to test the handling capabilities of the Roadian MTX on more packed surfaces (read: drifting abilities).
The treads churned through the loose climbs with ease, no lockers or limited-slip differentials needed. After a day like this we’d expect to find cuts and chips in the treads. We inspected each tire after the day’s testing to find no such damage.
To the dismay of the desert natives in the Jeep, the final day of testing brought us to the snowy mountains. Even though the Roadian MTX lacks the official Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake, we had no trouble at all on both snowy highways and snowy trails.
Thanks to the gnarly tread blocks, biting sidewalls, and aired-down tire pressure, the Jeep appeared to float through the deep snow.
What fun is a wheeling trip in the snow if you don’t take a snowball to the face?