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Atturo Trail Blade A/T Tire Test

Posted in Product Reviews on March 23, 2015
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Photographers: Dave Wagner

It’s not a tire brand that immediately comes to mind, but chances are Atturo will be coming on your radar if you’re looking for good tires at a great price. Lots of people shop for tires by price alone—That’s setting up yourself for failure. You’ve always got to give more weight to your end goal than price because you’ll be living with your choice for at least a couple years, and in most cases, 30,000-60,000 miles, depending on how much tread life you can squeeze out of your tires. When you factor in a $20 or $30 difference in price per tire, it makes more sense to spend a little extra to make sure you’re living with something you can, well, live with.

Not every truck owner is willing to run plus-size tires that increase the footprint and ground clearance. In cases like this, tread performance comes into play more. We haven’t gotten stuck yet in the mild terrain we drive our Ram through, so we’re calling the Trail Blade A/Ts a success for our needs.

In this case, we had a newer Ram 3500 dualie tow rig with a Cummins engine that was used for everything from daily commuting to hauling motorcycles out to the desert on the weekends to hauling a huge fifth-wheel toy hauler. Aside from a blingy set of wheels, the 4x4 was completely stock, so we needed a tread that would bite hard in mountain snow of the Sierras, wouldn’t dig and chew in the sand washes of Glamis, and could shrug off the occasional hard rock-hit or cactus encounter on the way to motorcycle man camp.

We selected a set of six Atturo Trail Blade A/T tires. The Trail Blade A/Ts feature lots of highly siped tread blocks with many biting angles to pull the stiffly sprung Ram through the worst hard-pack terrain. The treads are arranged essentially in five circumferential bands, with the center band helping in carcass stability, and the four circumferential grooves helping evacuate water. The large outer tread shoulder blocks help on-road stability and steering response and the arched and segmented stone throwers between the shoulder treads help the tires from clogging up with rocks and mud. It’s an all-terrain tire that’s earned its keep, especially considering the inexpensive price.

In addition to competent off-road abilities in sand, snow, loose and rocky trails, and very light mud, the Trail Blade A/Ts are a good-looking tire. The stylized sidewall design isn’t as radical as some mud tires, but it does help break up the blahs.

Specifications
Tire: Atturo Trail Blade A/T
Size: LT265/70R17
Type: Radial
Load range: E
Max load (lbs): 3,195 (single) or 2,910 (dual)
Sidewall construction: Three-ply polyester
Tread construction: Two-ply polyester, two-ply steel, one-ply nylon
Approved rim width (in): 7.0-8.5
Tread depth (in): 15⁄32
Section width (in): 10.7
Overall diameter (in): 31.7
Maximum psi: 80

With the tires at their recommended factory pressures, the Trail Blade A/Ts have plenty of load-carrying ability. A truer test is when this tow rig is pulling a 30-foot fifth-wheel toy hauler loaded with bikes, quads, and enough camping stuff to last a week. The tread is wearing well and not disappearing like Editor Hazel’s hairline.

Sources

Atturo Tire
888-642-5999
http://www.atturo.com

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