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Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby kwilder [OP] » Jun 29 2020, 8:22pm

Hi, In the process of ordering components for lifting my truck, Including larger/better tires. I Always ran Goodyear Duratrac's on my last truck, and kind of held them as the world standard for winter capable A/T tires, but the tire design has been around for a while, and I am wondering if there are any new options on the market today that I may not have heard of that may perform better. It would be cool if there was a quieter set that grips as well, but usually quiet tires aren't as good performers. I live in Maine and need to intentionally drive in the snow a lot, but I usually don't like swapping between winter and summer wheel sets. I know true snow tires are better, but I am looking for one tire to use all year. I know its funny to be thinking about snow driving in the middle of summer, but here we are.
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby 19trax95 » Jun 29 2020, 8:49pm

I have not been disappointed in the toyo open country at2s in the snow. Did great for me.

The new at3 carries the "mountain peak" rating. I have not had my new at3s in the snow yet but if they are anything like the at2, they will do good.

The falken wildpeak at3w are also pretty good in the snow. My father has a set if them. Although last I asked him about them, he said they are starting to be not so great in the rain, so we'll see how they do this coming winter. They are about half way worn. Which is also kind of a put off for me given they dont have a ton of miles on them yet.
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby kwilder [OP] » Jun 29 2020, 8:56pm

My brother has falken wildpeak on his truck. Apparently they are 1/2 the price of most tires for a reason. His are out of round after 20k miles, and he apparently did keep up with rotating them. I guess they vibrate on the highway like crazy, and re-balancing didn't help. Also they have gotten extremely loud. I was riding in his truck the other day and it was pretty bad. Anecdotal evidence at best but it makes you wonder if there's a reason they're so cheap
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Postby 19trax95 » Jun 29 2020, 9:03pm

They arent cheap lol. Only about $200 or less more than the same size toyos.

They used to be reasonably priced but they have gone up. My fathers set is fine as far as balance and such goes.

But I've had such great success with the toyos that it doesnt really make sense to try anything else. I'm on my 4th set of them.
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby kwilder [OP] » Jun 29 2020, 9:31pm

I just looked 275/65R20 - $260/tire for falkens, best price I could find, VS $340/tire for Duratracs. Falkens were definitely more than I thought.
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby 19trax95 » Jun 29 2020, 10:03pm

Yeah they used to be cheaper by a decent margin. But I think people started buying them up so naturally the price went up lol.

Size also plays a big factor. Smaller sizes, or narrow sizes are definitely cheaper than wider sizes. I run 305/12.5 width tires on my last 2 sets. But comparing to a 275 or 285 width, they are always a good chunk cheaper across nearly all brands.
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby ferraiolo1 » Jun 29 2020, 10:58pm

I just went through all the sizes around that size. They are all expensive. Falken went wayyyyy up.

I paid $600 for my set of 34s two years ago

But as far as in the snow. Other than a 100% snow tire. They are the best I’ve used. And they are quiet on the road


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Postby TheMightyWhitey » Jun 29 2020, 11:19pm

I've always had great luck with Cooper Discoverer ATR's and AT3's. I'm going with the Discoverer AT3 4s when I replace the OEM's................only 94,1xx miles on them now!!! :lol:
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby 19trax95 » Jun 29 2020, 11:23pm

Steer well clear of the XLT coopers if you get snow where you live lol.

I tried a set for winter tires on my 17 before I traded it in and they may have well been slicks in the snow. Made 4wd necessary all the time to have remotely any chance of moving lol.

I have read the 4s does a little better due to more siping.

I've been steadily perusing marketplace for a set of tires I can throw on my stock wheels for winter. If nothing comes up I'll be buying some more toyos
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Re: Best AT tires for snow? Duratrac? Has anything changed?

Postby chev-mekanik » Jun 30 2020, 1:14am

I replaced my last set of Duratracs with the Toyo AT2’s and have regretted it every winter! Honestly 1/2 the snow performance of the Goodyear’s. Great tires in other categories but not winter.
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