So it was time for new tires. After much research, I decided to actually go with a brand new tire from Goodyear that came out in August. I purchased 285/70/17 Goodyear AT Adventure tires to replace my Toyo Open Country AT's (which sucked IMO). My tire choices prior to purchase were the Firestone Destination AT and the Cooper Discoverer AT3.
My thoughts on the Toyo Open Country AT - 285/70/17 - I would like to say the tires performance dramatically declined once the tires began to wear. From the get go the tires had poor snow and mud traction, once worn a big they were very slippery on dry dirt roads. They did perform fairly well on rock surfaces. The on road performance was fine as long as the road was dry. I also came to realize these tires were somewhat loud.
My driving habits - Mostly on road, a lot of snow/winter driving here in the mountains. I enjoy taking long trips to ski, bike or camp so I wanted a tire with good road manners. I often access a lot of dirt roads to get to hiking/mtb areas, but also wanted a tire that could handle some gnarlier trips when desired such as CO mountain pass trips and Moab.
Why I chose the Goodyear Adventure tires - After I found out about the tire I read some bland reviews from testers during the tires launch. I looked into the Goodyear Silent Armor reviews and found them to be very positive and the tread patters have some similarities. I compared the tread of the Adventure to a few of the tires I was interested in and I felt the pattern along with the siping would make the tire very good for snow, mud, dirt roads and a solid tire on the road also. The tires come with a 60,000 mile warranty, 2 layers of kevlar and feature a "severe snow condition" rating.
First Impressions - The tires look great on the FJ. The first few days with the tires I did some long road drives with speeds around 60-70 and got the tires over 90 mph also. The first thing I noticed is how quiet the tires were, they also handled well in turns and felt solid. I drove some dry dirt roads and was very pleased with the traction and predictability of the tires.
The Tests -
- Tomichi Pass - Saturday - I encountered steep sections with 4-6" of snow, sometimes over slick rocks, multiple stream crossings and some light mud. The tires performed great going up and down. I tried to see if the truck would slip on some snowy uphills and the tires continuously gave me traction. Going down slippery steep sections I felt very comfortable and the tires once again performed great.
- Paradise Divide and parts of Schofield Pass - Sunday - Much of the trail was wet. We went through steep slick muddy sections, snow and some very (unexpectedly) deep mud puddles also. I thought for sure I would get the tires to spin in some sections but I was proven wrong. The tires self clean very quickly which gave me traction going from mud, to snow and back to mud again. Even when wet the tires gripped rock surface well.
Overall I am super stoked on the these tires, just thought I would give a review since they are new and some of you may be interested. Here are some closeup shots of the tires.
Cheers - Jamie