Testing the New Milestar Patagonia M/T

    Tires for the End of the Earth

    Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

    As far south as a person can go on the continent of South America is a region called Patagonia. A stark landscape of rock and volcanos covering a vast and sparsely populated area, Patagonia is literally the end of the earth. The name comes from the mythical giants once thought to live in this region, and it carries a certain rugged mystique that is hard to explain but easy to imagine. If that doesn’t make you think of off-roading through the unknown, into the sunset, we don’t know what will.

    Not long ago an all-new tire popped up on our radar, the Milestar Patagonia M/T. Upon first inspection, this tire stood out. The name grabbed our attention, but that wasn’t all. The tread design is different in a sea of sameness.

    Having spent enough time with enough different tires to border on obsession, it was just a matter of time before we got a set of Patagonia M/Ts to run through the paces. We have now pounded them down the highway had have hit loose gravel, packed dirt, heavy rock, sand, and even a little mud. With that time under our belts we can say that the Patagonia’s tread pattern is foreign yet somehow familiar, aggressive yet somehow tame. The center of the tire has lugs close together, reminiscent of a mild all-terrain, yielding a quiet ride where rubber is in near-constant contact with the road. The outer lugs are widely spaced and chunky, ready to grab onto knobs, rocks, sticks, mud, and sand like a very aggressive mud tire. All the lugs are filled with siping that helps grab slick surfaces whether wet, cold, or both.

    Check out how we pounded the Pategonias to see how they work in a wide variety of terrains and to see if we could find their limits. If you want to check Milestar for your size tire, go to milestartires.com

    Tire Specifications

    Milestar Patagonia M/T
    Size Tested: LT315/70R17
    Type: Mud-Terrain
    Load Range: D
    Maximum Load (lb): 3,195 at 50 psi cold
    Sidewall Construction: 3-ply
    Approved Rim Width (in): 9.5
    Tread Depth (in): 19/32
    Tread Width (in): 10.25
    Section Width (in): 12.7
    Overall Diameter (in): 34.7
    Weight (lb): 68
    Sizes Available: 30 sizes ranging from 29 to 37 inches (40 by the end of February 2018), for wheel diameters of 15 to 20 inches.