April 14, 2011
A year with the unusual Wrangler MT/Rs
Fortunately, the tyre has lived up to its design brief. It's relatively quiet on road, including on coarse-chip, and rides and handles well. Braking distances and control are more like an all terrain than a mud tyre. They're god in the wet. Off-road, in mud, it's been at least as good as the BFG Mud Terrains I previously favoured. On trips, I've never felt even slightly disadvantaged compared to others using other more conventionally designed rubber. The Wranglers just do it.
Nor have I noticed any disadvantage compared to the extreme mud tyres, notably the Simex Extreme Trekkers (aka the Centipede) that are favoured by many enthusiasts. But there's a reason. Of course a cross-ply with giant lugs is going to be better than the MT/R in severe mud conditions, but I believe the Centipedes are overkill for most club trips – guys are just running too much tyre on tracks where normal mudders perform perfectly well, or well enough.
The MT/Rs are not cheap, but on the basis of the first year they've been money well spent and I'm looking forward to many more interesting trips with them.
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