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General Grabber A/Tx Tire Review

General’s all-terrain slays snow and rocks!

Like its name implies, the General Grabber A/Tx grabbed whatever was below it—and our attention. So, we took the General Grabber A/Tx on a wild, 10,000-mile-long ride to feel out just how well the tire performed in a wide variety of on- and off-road situations. We'll throw out a spoiler here: Despite the rigorous driving conditions, our spare tire remained untouched throughout the duration of our test.

General knows what works on its tires, so you'll find sidewall technology from the Grabber X3, the company's mud-terrain offering, worked into the General Grabber A/Tx. This means you can expect the two polyester sidewall plies to be more resistant to damage than the A/T2, and the shoulder lugs are vaguely similar to those found on the X3. On-road manners were a focus on this tire, and the tread cushioning system built into the blocks did make for a better pavement experience. For those of us with large amounts of highway miles in between our off-road stints, General's tread life improvements are backed by a 60,000-mile (excludes LT and flotation sizes) and 50,000-mile (includes LT and flotation sizes) limited treadwear warranty. You can find the General Grabber A/Tx in 54 sizes for wheels ranging from 14 to 20 inches in diameter and in tire sizes from 27 to 37 inches. Continue reading for what we found during our time with General's latest all-terrain.

Our test Jeep, a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, weighs in at just under two tons, and its factory tires were in dire need of replacement. The General Grabber A/Tx 30x9.5R15 LT size was a direct fit, and the white sidewalls were a plus in the aesthetics department. We maintained our factory wheels because, well, we still like them.

We put a considerable sum of pavement miles on the Grabber A/Tx tires and were largely satisfied. At 36 pounds a tire, they detracted negligibly from fuel economy and were painless to balance. Noise and comfort on-road were nonissues, and when rain pooled on the interstates, grooves in the treads evacuated water commendably with no hydroplaning.

We put more gravel miles on the General Grabber A/Tx tires than we did any other terrain (except for pavement). Gravel has historically wreaked havoc on tires, causing anything from minor chunking to finger-size bits of tread to peel from the carcass. Near the end of our time with the tires, we combed the treads for signs of damage and could only find the occasional rice-grain-sized dimple missing—that's impressive for the harsh driving we did.

Dropping the air pressure in the Grabber A/Tx tires allowed the sidewalls to act as another set of springs between us and the bumps. We found 20 psi to be a friendly backcountry touring number. In the rocks, we (carefully) got closer to 15 pounds of pressure with no trouble.

Although the sidewall treads are on the less aggressive side of what we're used to in the all-terrain tire field, the sidewalls themselves were stout, and we suffered no damage when we dropped the tire pressure and crawled through rocks.

When the snow started dumping, the General Grabbers really showed their teeth. Two things stood out to us. First was the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake emblem on the sidewalls signifying enhanced snow performance when braking, turning, and starting off on ice and snow. Second, we noticed the tread elements were stuffed full of sipes (the smallest grooves on a tire) that help tread blocks flex and maintain contact with the ground below. Both qualities made for a confidence-inspiring experience when terrain got slippery.

Throughout the winter we encountered miles of trail where the mix of soil and snow resembled fudgy cake frosting. We passed vehicles that wore all-season tires, and many of them had all four spinning madly, without one iota of traction. The Grabbers bit into the mud and pulled the Jeep up hill after hill.

Our tires merely laughed in the face of snowy trails. Even at street pressure, we witnessed commendable performance whether it was fresh powder, hard-packed snow on the roadway, or off-camber tracks.

Sand was never a problem with the General Grabber A/Tx tires regardless of whether they were at street pressure or aired down to 15 psi.

Final Thoughts on the General Grabber A/Tx

The General Grabber A/Tx works hard. It's true to size and fits exactly how you want it beneath your vehicle. The Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake emblem isn't just there for good looks; the Grabber A/Tx comes alive in the snow. It might not be a dedicated mudder, but the tread pattern cleaned itself well enough to keep us from getting mired down. After 10,000 hard miles, we couldn't have been happier with our Grabbers. Check 'em out for yourself!