All of us have benefitted from 21st Century tire technology. While there are very few tires available today that don’t work well in one setting or another, there are some that deliver an all-around outstanding performance. For the off-roader, this usually means a mud-terrain tire with aggressive tread blocks and large voids. So, 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 A/T II is one of those tires. Designed as a jack-of-all-trades, the Open Country A/T 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 Open Country A/T 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 LT285/75R17 tires were Load Range E tires with three-ply polyester sidewalls that wrapped around rocks, even when aired down just a little.
We don’t usually see snow here in Southern Utah, but two freak storms in two days dumped on our town. The lack of plows to clear the roads left them a mess. We shifted into four-wheel-drive high the minute we left the garage and set out to have some fun.
It was no fun on the snowy, slushy, icy pavement. But 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-mileage tread life warranty, strong construction, and great performance, the A/T II is a great value.