The Top of the All Terrain Tire Heap
All of us have benefitted from 21st Century tire technology. While there are very few tires available today that don’t work, there are some that deliver outstanding performance. For the off-roader, that usually means a mud terrain tire that has aggressive tread blocks and large voids. When a milder looking all terrain tire performs as well in most mediums as our mud tires, we sit up and take notice.
Toyo’s latest Open Country AT II is one of those tires. Designed as a jack-of-all-trades, the Open Country AT II works well on the pavement and in the dirt. As a jack-of-all-trades is usually a master of none, imagine our surprise when the AT II shined everywhere (except, of course, gumbo mud).
Most purchasers are impressed with the A/T II’s 50,000 mile tread life warranty (P-Metric sizes have a 65,000 mile warranty). We’ve found a high mileage tire is usually a no grip anywhere tire. Not so with these Toyos. The tread compound is relatively soft and supple, belying the tire’s strong construction. Our LT 285/75R17 tires were Load Range E tires with 3-ply polyester sidewalls that wrapped around rocks, even when aired down just a little. Even at highway pressure, the tires rode fine.
We don’t usually see snow here in Southern Utah, but two freak storms in two days dumped on our town. As there were no plows to clear the roads, they were a mess. We shifted into 4WD high the minute we left the garage and set out to have some fun.
It was no fun on the snowy, slushy, icy pavement. Cars and trucks were in ditches and smashed into each other, with others sliding, fishtailing, spinning and going nowhere at stop lights. Our Open Country A/T II-shod truck motored easily around every vehicular obstacle. They worked so well, we jammed on the brakes to see if the roads were really as slippery as they looked. They were. When locked up, the Toyos broke free and we slid into a drift. They then allowed us to power out of the drift with no spinning. Impressive.
The Toyo Open Country A/T II tire shares the top of the all-terrain tire heap with very few others. With its high mile tread life warranty, strong construction, and great performance, the A/T II is a great value. We like it.
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