We all love to go off-roading, and off-roading is one of the reasons why we purchase such big and powerful trucks. If you need to climb up a rocky road, get your car through deep mud, drive along a whole lot of sand or simply go off-roading, then these are the tires for you. We’ve compiled a short list of tires that will help you conquer the roughest of terrains. When choosing our top five tires we took into consideration their quality, price, and how well they manage off-road. Keep in mind that most of these models are allowed to be driven on the highway as well.
Top 5 tires for sand and off-roading
1Nitto Mud Grappler Mud-Terrain Tire - 33/1250R20 114Q — Customers’ favorite
The easiest thing to do when choosing tires for your truck is to go with a well-known brand. Nitto is considered to be one of the most trustworthy brands when it comes to off-roading. This established tire brand has something to offer for everyone, but this exact tire is the best and most aggressive option they have when it comes to hardcore off-roading
- The most loved brand on the market.
- Has the most positive customer reviews.
- Two-sided design. A basic and an aggressive look.
- Tires are heavy. Makes them hard to transport and install.
2Cooper Discoverer STT Pro All-Terrain Radial Tire — All-round practical
- Strongest impact damage out of the tires reviewed.
- A-symmetrical scallops maximize bite off-road.
- Flex grooves deal great with eating up imperfections on the road.
- A minimal amount of reviews. Might be a sign that they aren’t bought often.
3RBP REPULSOR M/T All-Terrain Radial Tire - 33X12.50R20 114Q — Price meets quality
- Extra protection against flats.
- Longest life expectancy.
- Best price to quality ratio.
- Multiple claims of customers being unhappy with how the tires look. Many expect them to look bigger.
4Federal Couragia M/T Mud-Terrain Radial Tire - 35x12.5R20 121Q — Conquer the impossible
- It is one of the best tires when it comes to mud and sand.
- Enhanced traction thanks to SRG block
- Deals poorly with rocky roads, and you have the biggest chance of getting a flat with this option.
5SunF Power.I ATV/UTV all-terrain Tire 22x7-12 Front & 22x10-12 Rear, Set of 4 A033, 6-PR, Tubeless — King of off-road
- One of the best when it comes to off-road performance.
- Most ideal positioning and sizing of lugs provide market leading performance
- Loudest tire out of those reviewed
- You are not allowed to drive with these tires on the highway.
Looks and design
We’ll start of the buyer’s guide with something that doesn’t affect the performance of your truck, but it does affect how good your truck looks while performing. It’s the design of the tires. How good the tires look is determined by how and in what shape the lugs are positioned. The bigger and wider they are – the more aggressive the tires look. The sidewalls also affect the design greatly. Nitto have a very interesting two-sided design. One side has an aggressive lizard design, while the other is very basic.
The positioning of lugs and noise
Not only does the positioning of the lugs affect the looks of your tires, but it also affects how well the tires deal with rough terrain. If the lugs are the correct size, shape, and pattern, then they deal with rough terrains better. The bigger the lugs are, the more sound there is. Tire manufacturers constantly try to find the perfect lug size for ideal performance and minimal noise.
Of course, we expect an off-road tire to be very durable. The hardest challenge that a tire can go threw is hitting a sharp and hard object at a fairly high speed. The durability of the tire isn’t something we would recommend you to sacrifice for other benefits.
All of these tires are expected to have a pretty good lifespan. It is estimated that the bare minimum you are expected to get out of all of these tires is at least 10 thousand miles, but that’s only if you constantly use them on the toughest of terrains. Otherwise, you should expect to get up to 40 thousand good miles on these tires with regular off-roading
All of these tires aren’t very cheap. The price for one tire in this category ranges from about $150 to $400. But if you think of it, it’s not a very big price to pay for an amazing off-road experience.
Driving on the highway
No matter how hard tire manufacturers try, the level of noise that these tires make is pretty excessive. It is something you just have to deal with when going on the highway. When purchasing these tires, you should understand that they were primarily designed and built for off-roading.
Our choice and short summary
Our choice is the RBP REPULSOR M/T All-Terrain Radial Tire. Generally, all of these tires have the same level of performance. You can’t really improve a tire by a lot. Most brands have their own technology and their own way of making highly durable tires. We choose this tire by RBP because it is expected to outperform all of its rivals, that’s what you’re paying the extra money for. Don’t waste any time and get yourself some tires for off-roading. The make a whole world of a difference. Mud, dirt, sand, rocks – these tires will get you through it.
Yes, they are all very loud, but most truck drivers actually enjoy the sound.
We would recommend you to go with a different option, but if you have the money, then it’s an amazing option.
Yes, they are all pretty good in snow, but not on ice.
Anywhere of 10 to 50 thousand miles of constant off-road usage.