Choosing an Off-Road tire

What type of Terrain do you think this tire would be good for?

As every experienced off-roader knows, not all off-road tires are created equally. Depending on the conditions of the terrain you will be driving on, having the appropriate tires is crucial. For instance, you wouldn’t go mudding using ice tires, which is why knowing which tire is appropriate is important.

In choosing off tires for your vehicle there are some things that should be taken into consideration. First you will want to compare tire sizes and choose the tire that is suitable to the load they will be carrying.

Next, you will want to look at the tread pattern and sidewall rubber compounds, this will give you an idea as to the strength of the tire and how they will respond to different terrains.

You will also want to take into consideration the floatation capabilities of the tire in soft underfoot conditions as well as how the tire will wear during use. These are all factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a set of off-road tires.

Another thing to consider is the tread pattern of the tire. There are many different treads to choose from depending on the terrain. Street tread patterns are mainly designed to be driven in town and on the highway. They should not be used in the world of off-roading.

The next design is all terrain; these tires offer the driver a balance between highway and off road. They can be used in dry, powdery snow and they also perform well on ice and mud but are not sufficient for use in heavy wet snows.

Mud terrain tread patterns offer the best grip in sand, dirt, rocks and snow. This pattern does quite well in wet snow and mud. Special treads are more common among off-roaders who drive in heavy mud.

The terrain and temperature conditions can also have an impact on the tires you have chosen. If the terrain is too hot, then the tire may become damaged rather easily by not having the proper pressure for the terrain.

Cold weather also poses some possible complications, if the weather is too cold for the tire you are using the rubber may become stiff and crack. Knowing the terrain and weather conditions of the trail you will be driving on will help you choose the proper tire for the situation.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. You forgot to mention the idiots who drive on bald tires, which is no tread at all. Then they wonder why that can’t get the traction they need. They are out there, I saw one yesterday. At first I thought he was putting me on but I think he was clueless. I just shook my head and walked away. I doubt there was anything I could have said that would have made sense to him.


  2. I used to think a tire was a tire and just about any one would do in a pinch. With age and experience I’ve come to understand that it’s one of the most important things to get right. Of course, that experience was buying the cheapest tires I could find and having them damaged the first time out. Take note, and buy what’s best for the Jeep and not what’s easiest on your pocket!


  3. Man may be created equal, but not so tires. If you’re looking for control and performance, pay attention to the tires. It will be just about the best investment you’ll make. Only the serious off road drivers know how true this is.


  4. I have a set of tires for every extreme terrain I run on. Then I have my street tires. I want to get the maximum fun every time and to do that, I need the right tires. Some of the guys really hassle me about this but I usually have the last laugh because I can get through places they can only dream about. It’s worth the investment.


  5. That’s a major decision. Of course, money is tight so I need to make the best selection that will adapt to the terrains I usually drive on. I’ll most likely invest in all terrain tires. More expensive at the beginning but best in the long run. Thanks for the rundown, you guys are always so thorough.


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