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#1 (permalink) Old 10-07-2013, 01:01 PM
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Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

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.

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- 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.
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- 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.
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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.
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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Great Review and pictures! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Interesting looking tires. I had GY Silent Armor tires on my work Expedition a few years ago. It handled several blizzard events that closed down the state with no problem. I was thinking about replacing my OEM tires with GY SA tires but I like the Adventure better. The SA only has two rows of lugs in the center so the Adventures should have better grip and be quieter on the highway.

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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Here's an update on these tires- I have a few thousand miles on these tires so far and I am very pleased. Quiet and smooth on long high speed drives from CO to SLC. I have done some off roading in Moab and I was very pleased with the performance. Here in Gunnison we have had a great start to winter and I have been driving theses tires on snow and ice for about a month. It's cold as f$*^ in Gunnison and once we get snow and ice the roads turn into a sheet of hardpack snow and ice! These tires are predictable on the slippery stuff and I'm really impressed with braking and turning stability. In 4wd I can step on the gas and the tires grip really well, even on icy surfaces. I ski at Monarch and driving that pass has been great too. So far so good, these tires are predictable and make winter driving much more enjoyable. Huge difference over my Toyo AT's. Def would recommend!


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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Thanks !! Sounds like similar driving habits(less off road for me). I will be looking at these as well as the firestone and BFG A/T's
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Thanks !! Sounds like similar driving habits(less off road for me). I will be looking at these as well as the firestone and BFG A/T's
I have the BFG ATs that came with the TT package and IMO the performance in snow has been sub-par. In a few inches of snow with a slight incline, the FJ was loosing traction and would slip momentarily (6MT with fulltime 4WD). My Tahoe with mud tires in 2WD did not have a problem, and my friend's FJ with Goodyear SAs did not have any issues.

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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

It's been a few months since you posted. How did the tires hold up so far? How did they do with snow and ice with this winter?


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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Thanks for the review. I've been doing research for the last few weeks for new tires and think you have helped me make my decision. I was just wondering how much of a difference you think the 285's made instead of the stock 265's? I know it's not a big difference but there isn't any rubbing is there?
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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

So winter is coming to an end (everywhere else but Gunnison) and these tires did amazing. I skied 40+ days this season most of which were at Monarch. I have driven to and from Monarch in everything from white out snow, icy packed roads and slush and these tires handled very well. I did notice the manufacturer pressure recommendation is 60 or 65 PSI which is great for pavement travel but lowering the pressure def. seemed to give the tires some extra grip in snowy conditions.

As far as 265 vs 285 before my truck was lifted 3" I did run 285's and they only rubbed when the wheel was cut hard and/or the truck hit a bump during a very sharp turn (I mean like parking lot sharp turns not road). With the 3" lift and the 285's there is absolutely not rubbing every that I have experienced and my gas mileage does not seem to be effected. I can get 20-22 mpg on highway trips depending on how much gear is loaded in the truck.

So overall these tires were awesome in the winter, I would def. stick with my recommendation. Cheers!
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Re: Goodyear AT Adventure Tire Review

Thanks Fred! Appreciate the info, sounds like the tires are a good replacement for the Silent Armors. Any issues with them losing balance? I had a couple sets of SA's on my work Expedition and they were a real PITA to keep balanced. Anything over 65mph wobbled like a weeble!


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