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Are Off-Road Tires Good in the Snow

Author: Sterling Feathers

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Sterling Feathers

Sterling was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has had a massive passion for cars since he could talk. He studied Business Administration at Ferris State University hoping to run his own car dealership one day. As time went on, Sterling began writing car reviews on his own website until he found his home with us as our first Copywriter! He loves everything about the car culture and was Vice President of the motorsports club during his time at Ferris. Sterling enjoys going to every car show and meet possible, attending autocross events, and going for long road cruises with other members in the car scene. He currently drives a 2016 Volkswagen GTI with a stage 2 tune, downpipe, BC Racing coilovers, and a set of Artisa ArtFormed Elders.

January 8, 2021

Whether you're new to trucks or just here to get some more information on tires, we have you covered. Today we're going to answer a question that gets asked a lot in the truck community. Are off-road tires any good in the snow?


Types of Off-Road Tires

All-Terrain

All-terrain tires are the entry level to off-road tire designs. These are made to be more aggressive than your standard all-season to cater to more off-roading activities. However, the all-terrain will maintain the most road comfort and daily drivability since the tread isn't as aggressive as the other types of off-road tires. These also tend to be the most cost-effective option for someone looking for a little bit of off-road performance.

Ram with All Terrain Tires in Snow

Hybrid Terrain

Hybrid tires bridge the gap between a mud tire and an all-terrain. The tread is designed to be able to handle a more intense environment but still maintain some daily comfort. Hybrid tires are the most popular type of off-road tire thanks to the increase in off-road performance and being less expensive than a mud tire. 

Tacoma with Kansei Wheels

Mud Terrain

Mud tires are the most aggressive off-road tire available for road use. These focus primarily on tackling the most difficult off-road terrain. Featuring large tread voids and tread blocks parired with deep grooves to get the most possible off-road traction. Most mud tires are not recommended for snow use because of a lack of siping. Sipes are the small grooves cut into the tread blocks that are meant to bite into the terrain below. These increase grip in wet and cold conditions.


Can You Run Off-Road Tires in the Snow?


To make a long story short, yes! You absolutely can run off-road tires in the snow. You just have to be sure to choose the right tire for the job. Off-road tires are packed full of technology to make them more capable in a wide variety of conditions, but there is a good way to tell if the set of tires you're looking at will perform well in the snow.

Jeep Drifting in Snow

When it comes to picking out a set of off-road tires that might need to be used in the snow, look out for the 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake marking on the sidewall of the tire. This is a certification that the tires need to pass which test the tires in a variety of snow and ice situations. This will ensure that the tires you pick out will have been tested in similar winter conditions that you will be using them in.


Popular 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake Rated Tires

BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2

BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2

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Toyo Open Country AT3

Toyo Open Country AT3

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Kenda Klever AT

Kenda Klever AT

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Falken Wildpeak AT3W

Falken WildPeak AT3W

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General Grabber ATX

General Grabber ATX

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