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Tire Review: Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

Posted in Product Reviews on May 13, 2016
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It was a week before the 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari and the town was already filling up with early arrivals. Moab—the off-roader’s Mecca—seemed like the perfect place to debut Yokohama’s redesigned Geolandar A/T G015 all-terrain tire. The G015 will initially be offered in 60 LT and P/E metric sizes, with more sizes coming along. The tire we evaluated in Moab was an LT285/70R17. The rigs shod with this new shoe were Jeep Wrangler Sport models without lockers in two- and four-door configurations. The test rigs had all received a modest lift of between 1 and 2 inches to accommodate the 32-inch Yokohama Geolandars.

The Yokohama team picked a fantastic trail for us to work the A/T G015s on: Fins and Things. Rated at a 4 on a 10 scale, Fins and Things gave us a nice mixture of sand and slick rock, steep climbs, and abrupt drop-offs. In other words, almost anything you’ll encounter on a modest off-road exploration trip. Sorry—no mud this time.

Yokohama’s new Geolandar A/T G015 tire is designed primarily for pickups and SUVs and will work admirably on Wranglers that are used mostly for modest off-road expeditions and daily drivers. The all-terrain tire is engineered for durability and vastly improves traction over most OE tires on any surface in any weather condition, including rain and snow. Having used the previous Geolandar A/T on a ’90 Cherokee and a fullsize pickup for more than a year now, we can attest to the fact that this tire is tough, quiet, and provides excellent traction within its design limits. It would be an excellent choice for your Wrangler, Grand, Commander, or Liberty if used as a daily driver and for dry off-road terrain trails. This is a tire with an all-terrain tread design that may clog up with mud but was right at home and showed good traction capabilities on sand, rocky terrain, and slick-rock sandstone surfaces.

The G015 meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s severe snow service criterion and is stamped with the mountain/snowflake symbol. According to Yokohama, the tire’s exclusive orange oil compound and advanced tread design combine to provide superior handling and road grip. In addition, the Geolandar A/T G015’s updated size line-up now covers 96 percent of the market for today’s pickups and SUVs. Its limited tread-wear warranties are 60,000 miles for P/E-metric and 50,000 miles for LT-metric sizes.

Yokohama engineers have designed tires for highway driving, winter driving, and off-road competitions such as the Baja 1000. These lessons learned from these designs were used to create the new and versatile tread design of the Geolandar A/T G015. It was designed to accomplish the optimum balance of on- and off-road traction duties in dry, wet, and winter conditions, as well as long mileage and a comfortable ride.

This combination of extended mileage and comfortable ride is accomplished with sidewall plies and carcass construction that vary in size to optimize the intended use of the tires. Some sizes feature two-ply construction with either nylon reinforcement or extra-thick sidewall plies while other sizes feature three-ply construction.

In addition to the redesigned sidewalls and carcass construction, the tread design features EdgeTec grooves and adaptive 3D sipes to create extra grip in wet and winter conditions, and an open block design to make it better for off-road use. However, it is the synergy of the tread elements, carcass construction, and—more importantly—the new Enduro compound with orange oil and silica that enable the tire to perform at a high level in most on- and off-road situations.

The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 LT285/70R17 tire did quite well on the mixed sand and slick rock surfaces of the Fins and Things Trail in the Moab area.

With improved highway traction in snow and rain compared its predecessor, according to Yokohama, we found the Geolandar A/T G015 all-terrain tire to offer good off-road traction on dirt, sand, rocky trails, and slick-rock sandstone.

With improved highway traction in snow and rain compared its predecessor, according to Yokohama, we found the Geolandar A/T G015 all-terrain tire to offer good off-road traction on dirt, sand, rocky trails, and slick-rock sandstone.

The tooth-like shoulder-edge tread blocks help give the new Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires a fighting chance when it comes to traction in the dirt. These shoulder lugs can grab a bite of the terrain and help propel your vehicle forward.

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Yokohama Tire
800-722-9888
http://www.yokohamatire.com

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