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Old 07-16-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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All terrains for snow use?

Hello,
I am looking for a set of all terrains that do fairly well on the snow and ice. I am going to go to school in a place that has quite a bit of snow. I am planning on buying a couple snow tires for the rear if necessary. However, since it is about time for me to buy new tires anyways, I would like to get something that can hold its own on the slippery stuff.

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Yes, all terrains are snow rated. Any tire that has the snowflake on the sidewall is for snow. Aint shit gonna help you on ice tho. I had all terrains for a bad winter and they did great
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My dad has the BFG all terrains. they do great in the snow/ice
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Right, I'll check out the tirerack stuff.

BFG all terrains? nice. Personal recommendations are what I'm looking for.

Thanks guys.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #5
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I've had BFGs, Hankooks, Geolanders, and Duratracs.

Duratracs win hands down in my opinion.
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I have been happy with the winter performance of my Hankook ATm's

I used to run Hankook MT's but these are better in the snow
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In my personal experience I have found BFG A/Ts do pretty well in New England and Canadian Maritime winters (Jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Discovery). I would use common sense and avoid going down steep hills, drive slowly on ice, etc. I never had a problem in the Rover. The Jeep did fine in 4WD, though I did have a few close calls. Could be due to the shorter wheelbase, could also be because I was younger during my Jeep years. Generally speaking I never felt the need for better tires.

Until, that is, a couple years ago I flew into St. John's NL during an ice storm. I caught a Crown Vic cab from the airport. The roads were so slick I had trouble walking to the curb. Cabbie bolts off and barrels down a road ending in a T intersection with a red light and heavy cross traffic. My driving sense says no way we stop in time. At the last minute he stops normally without drama. Looks back at me literally freaking out in the back seat and says...'studded Nokians'. I was an instant convert.

I put studded Nokians on our KIA minivan family truckster - wow! Drove all-over in all conditions like nothing was wrong with the roads. Had a few close calls with getting rear-ended stopping on yellow lights. After adjusting my driving I thoroughly enjoy the confidence that comes from proper snow tires. When the budget allows, I'll get a set for the Tacoma.

Can you get by with BFG AT in snotty weather? Yes! But, there are far better options available. Per your request, that's my personal snow/ice testimony.
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I've had snow to my bumper with bfgs and had no issue. Possibly comes down to driver and snow type?
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I've had snow to my bumper with bfgs and had no issue. Possibly comes down to driver and snow type?
Snow type is a huge factor
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I was puckerin because where I was it was a long walk to get help. Probably 15ish miles. Steady foot and momentum were my best friends that day. If they made the A/T in a 255/80 I'd own a set again
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I've heard nothing but good things about Duratracs in snow. I'm running BFG A/Ts right now but I don't have snow where I live so I can't give an opinion
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I've had BFG AT's for the last 3 years, they do quite well in snow. my next set will likely be michelin ltx at2's.
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Sam,
What part of the country are you headed to for school? Maybe someone from that area could help you choose what works well.
I have run BFG MTR's on my Jeep for years and they work fine in Eastern Washington snow. I also recommend spending the extrs to have your tires siped for better traction.
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Hey thanks guys! I'm making a list of these options.

Martin, thanks for the testimony! Those Nokians sound interesting.

ataylor04, I'm heading out to Klamath Falls, Oregon. You are right. I should check with the guys in the Oregon BS thread to see what they have to say.
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I had the OE BFG A/T's(non KO) on a 98 S-10 ZR2 P/U.They handled all wintertime road conditions pretty well here in Ky.Including two ice storms.

But on the other hand the OE Long Trails my ZR2 Blazer came with,along with the Uniroyal AP's that are on it now also hold up well in snow and/or ice.

A person that can drive well in the snow without over driving the conditions can get where they want no matter the tire.
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If you are looking for another option, Goodyear Wrangler with silent armor is the best tire I have ever owned for an all terrain. They are way quieter and smoother than BFG ATs and they out perform in every way. They are excellent in the snow.
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A person that can drive well in the snow without over driving the conditions can get where they want no matter the tire.
Bingo. Case in point; my Corolla. 2wd, open diff, no traction control, abs only in front, with summer/all season tires. That setup did just fine in 6" of fresh snow, no problems with Wisconsin winters. The driver makes a bigger difference than any tire/vehicle combo.
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