Tires are among the most hotly debated topic among off-road enthusiasts. Any time a new tire comes out, everyone’s attention is piqued, yet probably not as much as ours. The new Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 is a vastly different tire than the old Geolandar M/T, so we jumped at the chance to take a closer look. With invite in hand, we quickly made our way to Gateway, Colorado, to get some wheel time on the new Geolandar M/T both on- and off-road.
The first thing you’ll notice about the new tire is that it has far more biting edges than the old Geolandar M/T. These extra biting edges are backed up with siping in the tread blocks, something the outgoing model did not have. The sipes are designed to improve wet weather and winter traction. Other new features include a non-directional tread, aggressive sidewall lugs, Geo-Shield technology for improved all-around carcass strength, a new high-density rubber compound for better wear performance, and a variable-pitch tread design to decrease road noise. Yokohama claims independent test results show that the new mud-terrain tire outperforms leading competitors in several important areas, including an 8 percent longer tread life, 51-foot shorter stopping distance on wet roads, and 2.3 decibels quieter on the road. Plus, all Geolandar M/T tires come with Yokohama’s 30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t love them in 30 days, you can return them for a full refund.
The Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 is currently available in 32 popular diameters and wheel sizes, with more on the way by the end of 2017. The largest sizes are 37x13.50R20 and 37x12.50 for 20- and 17-inch wheels. Unfortunately, the less-popular 15-inch wheels only get a maximum tire diameter of 35 inches. Most available tire sizes come with an E load range rating. These E-rated tires have a three-ply sidewall, while the lighter-duty D- and C-rated tires come with a two-ply sidewall. Stay tuned for a full long-term tire review on the Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 in the near future. We plan to put some real-world on- and off-road miles on these tires over several months.