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    Default AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I have an XTrail 4x4 and we're off to northern Namibia and Caprivi for a few weeks. I'm putting on at tyres in replacement to the road rubber I currently have on which are in any case showing their age.
    Choices General at3 /Goodyear Grandtrek /yokohama Geolanders....any advice or opinion on the best value for money out there?..... I'm leaning towards the yokohamas....

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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyf View Post
    I have an XTrail 4x4 and we're off to northern Namibia and Caprivi for a few weeks. I'm putting on at tyres in replacement to the road rubber I currently have on which are in any case showing their age.
    Choices General at3 /Goodyear Grandtrek /yokohama Geolanders....any advice or opinion on the best value for money out there?..... I'm leaning towards the yokohamas....
    Look at Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail as well

    https://www.falkentire.com/wildpeak/attrail

    https://www.errolstyres.co.za/tyre/f.../15410/LRFA387
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    General At3's are a good solid choice. It seems to be the go to tyre for the ultimate soft reader (Jimny)
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I've had no issues with the Geolanders on my Jimny. Did Tankwa, Richtersveld and Southern Namibia on them including stretches of sharp stone, deep sand and gravel.
    My Jimny is not a daily drive, the tyres were put on in 2016, lots of tread left, no sign at all of any cracking or breaking up. The vehicle is kept under cover and get used monthly to keep everything in good working order, including prevent dry rot in tyres.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    General AT3 are good value and would be a solid choice for your needs. Could also look at Pirelli Scorpion ATR.

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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Also have a look at Hankook. Not to be sniffed at!
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Have three sets of AT3 on business vehicles. Good value for money but we have constant flats on them. Small pieces of gravel get stuck in the grooves and eventually works its way into the carcass causing flats.
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    Goodyear Wrangler Adventure
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    The Falken Wildpeak AT3Wa is also a good choice.

    As much as I do not like Dunlop - Grandtrek AT5 (good value)

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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I can happily vouch for Appollo Apterra, Goodyear wranglers and general grabbers. All have given good service.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Obviously, everyone has different usage cases & on different vehicles, so I can only comment from a perspective of a true "softroader" that lives 90-95% of it's live in the city.
    We have taken our car on some great trips & taken the "off the beaten track" option where possible - some of them in hindsight were risky considering the vehicle - lol.
    Usage has included very rocky gravel roads, unanticipated mud with no option of turning around, short stints of beach sand, rural dirt roads, climbing the rocky farm roads Meiringspoort and lots of highway driving between them all. Admittedly, I do take the time to adjust the pressures accordingly wherever possible.
    With this in mind, I have been extremely happy with the Dunlop Grandtrek AT5 and they have treated us very well. I put these on the car as replacement to the Dunlop ST30 (highway/eco tyre) as I was not impressed with those - other than the highway economy of them.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I’ve been doing some research myself for the Subaru.

    I’ve narrowed it down to, and in order of preference:

    1st choice - Yokohama Geolander G015
    2nd choice - Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
    3rd choice - Dunlop Grandtrek AT5

    All three seem to be pretty similar in terms of use case - on road/ off road split, tyre life etc. All three seem to have a 100 000km guarantee.

    The differences that led to the order above is tyre weight and tred depth. The Yokohama is the lightest by 1.5kg per tyre (+-9%) and has 2.5cm extra tred depth. (In my size 255/55 R18).

    Less weight helps with fuel consumption and more tred height gives a bit more ground clearance.

    For the AT5, Dunlop don’t publish much info around weight and tred depth and they also seem to be the most expensive. But generally there sees to be good reports about them and happy owners.

    The final and big factor for me is comfort. One of the reasons I changed to the Subaru was ride comfort. The Yokohama and Falken are specifically designed to preserve the on road comfort of these types of crossover suv vehicles. Preservation of this ride comfort and handling is key for me.

    The Grandtrek seems to favour more of a LT build. I suspect the Grandtrek will handle more rough stuff, which for me is probably more rough than I plan to travel. Visually the AT5 will probably look best, but I’ve been down that road before and bought the “cool looking” tyres only to later regret the degradation in ride quality.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    We did a 4 week tour through Namibia on Firestone Destinations on the Pajero and Dunlop SP LT 11 on the caravan without a single flat. Much of that travel was on gravel too.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I have extensive experience of Goodyear Wrangler AT's. I will always recommend them. I will not recommend General AT3's due to punctures. When I looked for new tyres in 2022, I could not get Yokohamas, I think G15. Then I settled again for GY Wrangler Adventures.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    I have Goodyear Wranglers on my vehicle now, and also on my bakkie before.

    I am thinking about putting on a set of Bridgestone Dueler.
    I am curious to see what mileage I will get out of them.

    In all the years of driving, my vehicle doubles as a work truck and a leisure vehicle.
    I get about 60’000 km’s on a set of tyres.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterS View Post
    The Grandtrek seems to favour more of a LT build. I suspect the Grandtrek will handle more rough stuff, which for me is probably more rough than I plan to travel. Visually the AT5 will probably look best, but I’ve been down that road before and bought the “cool looking” tyres only to later regret the degradation in ride quality.
    I went from the Yokohamas to the Dunlops on my FL2 and the Dunlops are quieter and a smoother ride.

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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    The Yokohama geolander AT was a really good set of tyres for me. Had them on my Toyota Tacoma TRD. USA version of the hilux. Was great in the wet, on high sways, city driving, and handled any off-road stuff I threw at it fairly well. Granted, being a TRD I had a factory rear diff lock to help, but still, they were good tyres.

    I’ve heard nothing but good things for daily driving and mild off-road for those using the cooper AT3 and the falken wilderness AT3.
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    Default Re: AT Tyres - choices for the not so serious.

    Since we may name our favourite and "fit for purpose" I would nominate Michelin



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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexP View Post
    I am thinking about putting on a set of Bridgestone Dueler.
    Rather shoot yourself in the foot with a 9mm

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