It’s not easy to grab a foothold in the off-road tire space these days. There’s no shortage of established competitors and awesome options. Perhaps nowhere are tires more challenged than in the hands of off-road enthusiasts who put their tires through hell.
A relative newcomer, Falken has managed to build an outstanding reputation among this group of 4×4 tire torturers. Here’s a look at two tires behind the reputation:
The Wildpeak A/T3W has been one of our hottest selling all-terrain tires for a few years, and it’s little wonder why – the A/T3W delivers on just about every point that a 4×4 enthusiast could possibly want.
The A/T3W is an All-Terrain Tire, but thanks to design features like deep tread depth up to 20/32″, rugged sidewall protection, and “Rugged and Rigid Tread Blocks” (with support ramps and step‐down features), the A/T3W punches above its weight in challenging off-road environments.
On-road, the A/T3W lives up to its “3W” moniker, which stands for “Wear, Winter, and Wet” performance.
The Wildpeak A/T3W was part of the first wave of All-Terrain Tires to achieve “Severe Snow Service” traction criteria and is qualified by USTMA and TRAC for the Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF). (Find the symbol on the tire sidewall.) A few winters post-release, it’s clear the A/T3W is plenty worthy when the snow hits. “Great in wet and snowy/icy weather. They are very quiet and gas mileage hasn’t changed. They look great! Aggressive sidewall and deep treads really stand out on my 2011 Raptor!” – Falken Wildpeak A/T3W review on TireBuyer.com
The A/T3W is strong in the rainy season, too. With full-depth sipes and a silica tread compound developed for wet roads, it’s received almost universally high marks for wet traction and hydroplaning resistance.
Optimal wear and sustained performance are encouraged by “Full-depth sipes and grooves (that) maintain consistent performance and appearance throughout the life of the tire.” (Falkentire.com) Rigid tread blocks and the silica tread compound further ensure the Wildpeak A/T3W won’t be a short-lived partnership. (It’s backed by a 55,000-mile limited treadlife warranty.)
The Wildpeak A/T3W’s on-road reputation is rounded out by class-leading towing/hauling capacity and performance.
Numerous LT-specification, E/10-ply, and XL sizes are available. Optimum tire performance and stability is maintained under heavy load thanks to Falken’s “Internal Cooling Protection”
“Heat diffuser technology in the lower sidewall dissipates heat to protect the internal tire components. Keeping this critical area of the tire cool ensures vehicle stability even when towing or carrying heavy loads.” – FalkenTire.com
Combine all of the above with the Wildpeak A/T3W’s affordable pricing, and it’s a home run with TireBuyer 4×4 enthusiasts. With a 4.8/5 overall rating and approaching 800 reviews registered, the Wildpeak A/T3W is simply a standout, must consider all-terrain tire.
For those who spend more time than not in tough off-road environments, Falken’s Wildpeak M/T01 Mud-Terrain tire is the ticket.
Built to perform in and withstand the harshest off-road conditions, the Wildpeak M/T01 features a number of choice off-road performance technologies, including:
- Falken’s proprietary three-ply DURASPEC Sidewall Technology – “developed to sustain the most punishing off-road conditions.” Two high ply turn-ups provide even more sidewall protection and durability.
- An aggressive upper sidewall that expands the functional tread footprint and contributes additional lateral traction, especially when the M/T01 is aired down.
- Tread depths up to 21/32″
- Mud & Rock Defense Features evacuate mud and keep the tread clear and fully functional. These features also help guard against rocks becoming embedded, puncturing, or damaging the tread.
Despite all the off-road capability, the Wildpeak M/T01 doesn’t completely sacrifice on-road comfort. Tread blocks arranged in three variable pitch positions help to provide a reasonably quiet and comfortable ride. However, if on-road manners are a high priority, the Wildpeak A/T3W is the superior option. Falken rates the A/T3W a 3.5/5 for quiet ride, the M/T01 a 2.5/5.
Whether you’re on the search for a new set of All-Terrain or Mud-Terrain Tires, be sure to consider Falken’s options. The Wildpeak A/T3W and Wildpeak M/T01 offer diverse and strong performance, plus excellent tire life. And they won’t break the bank.