In my last road trip in the US while going from San Francisco to Utah, my front tire got badly bumped by a sharp rock somewhere in the vast swathes of Death Valley.
I am not joking! It seemed like a signal I couldn’t miss. Death Valley is the hottest and driest region in the entire US. From that day onward, I realized what value a pair of right tires hold.
A pair of good tires is your only friend when you hit the road. Even more than fuel, perhaps! But choosing one isn’t easy, especially when you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money behind the tires, right? This is why I have something special to talk to you about.
I am Marcus Boone, a rough terrain driver and a blogger. Today I have for you the BFGoodrich All-Terrain Radial Tire. It is one of the most modestly priced tires available in the market, which suits all kinds of terrains.
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Let’s find out what makes these tires so special.
After years of driving, I realized that the most essential aspect of all-terrain tires is the toughness of the rubber. With more robust sidewall rubber, the tires can endure all kinds of steep roads without getting any air loss or a sudden puncture.
The Coregard Technology that is characteristic of BFGoodrich is employed in these all-terrain tires. It is split and bruise resistant and the sidewall rubber compound is twice as thick as the tires of other companies.
I also liked the fact that the twin steel belts are further strengthened by nylon and the company’s patented Tri-Gard, which is polyester cord sidewall ply construction. The tires have an ergonomically designed deflection technology that easily removes any sharp, protruding obstacles above the road surface and prevents sudden punctures in rough terrains.
Specially formulated tread rubber
The Death Valley mishap happened on a gravel road, and after that incident, I have never compromised with tread rubber of my tires. It is one of the most important aspects of a successful tire and I found Goodrich tires topping this requirement.
The tread rubber of the T/A KO2 model is optimally layered on the tire to endure major chip and tear, which is particularly essential for driving through the gravel and irregularly-stoned roads. The advanced footprint shape leads to proper stress distribution and has more uniform wear and tear.
Finally, the interlocking tread design has significantly more tread block stability and provides the tires the ultimate protection against stone drilling.
Increased Traction and Versatility
Excellent traction may not be a quality to cheer for because that’s the minimum requirement for a good tire. But when I am testing tires for rad trips (pun intended), I am looking for the best and not just the good ones. The T/A KO2 has around 10% traction more than ordinary tires on mud and a massive 19% more traction on snow.
What I liked the most about the tires were the rubber blocks that stick out from the sidewall. Technically speaking, the tires have excellent protruding sidewall blocks that increase their scope of versatility. They help to increase the traction for driving through mud and snow and also have a significant effect in increasing rock climbing traction, even under difficult aired-down conditions.
Snow, rain, gravel, mud, and rocks – when I can mark all these surfaces with the T/A KO2 tires under the “driveable category,” I have no doubts over the versatility of this product.
Driving in aired-down conditions
Being a road trip junkie, it is not an out of the box scenario to drive under aired-down conditions. The protruding rubber blocks increase traction even in aired-down situations. The serrated shoulder design further provides support in deep snow and on soft soil.
The true test of the durability and traction of all-terrain tires happens when you drive them in aired-down condition. Moreover, during long-distance traveling, all of us must have faced this adversity when the tires got low on air.
Getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, late at night with nothing but the road on sight is scary! This is why I go for tires that can give top-notch performance even under stressed scenarios, and T/A KO2 best served the purpose.
Well, I talked about the specs above but that’s not all. To have a better idea of the tires, primarily it is important to have a knowledge of its off-road performance. I have driven the tires on dirt roads, sand, heavy mud, light and deep snow, and rocky surfaces.
The extended shoulders and the interlocking tread design took most of the pressure and catered to a smoother drive by distributing the pressure uniformly. The protruding blocks further helped me avoid sharp stones and sticks.
Last but not least, I have always enjoyed driving my Nissan over wet surfaces. There is minimum skidding even during a heavy downpour owing to the lasting performance of the 3D sipes and wider shoulders.
What could have been better?
After running for over 20k miles with the T/A KO2, I am short of any downside to talk about. The only factor that did put me off somehow was the unnecessary noise the tires made. But then again, when I hit the road, I always swing the volume key loud!
Jokes apart, the noise reduction has room for improvement.
- Tough sidewall rubber
- Polyester cord sidewall ply construction (Tri-Gard)
- Increased traction on all surfaces
- Great support in aired-down situations
- Uniform distribution of wear and tear
- Make a fair amount of noise
After a rapid discussion of the pitfalls and the major surprises of this model, it’s time for my final verdict.
Well, the T/A KO2 is an absolutely great tire with a swift design, best-in-class off-road performance, and modern interlocking treads. And if you think of the price, I would suggest investing in a costly pair that would last you years of aggressive driving.
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