After having phenomenal luck with the Hercules Trail Digger M/T (review here), and with a change in staffing requiring me to spend more time on the highway and less time patrolling the back country, I decided on the Hercules Terra Trac A/T as the replacement tires for my patrol vehicle.
As a disclaimer, these tires are being used on a Chevy Colorado . However, the Hercules Terra Trac is available in many of the popular sizes for the Toyota Tacoma including 265/70R17 in both P and LT ratings. $640 out the door for an American made 30X9.5R15LT all-terrain is a great deal. The tire comes with a 50,000 mile manufacturer warranty. Advertised tread depth for this particular size 16.5/32nds. Actual measured depth is the same. They balanced perfectly without any issues.
The first thing I can say about the Terra Trac A/T is that it is remarkably quiet. And not just quiet for an all-terrain, I mean quiet for any tire. I could not hear the tires at all over the sound of the wind rushing underneath the code 3 light bar on my truck. Street handling is neither phenomenal nor lack-luster, being just about average for an a/t. I only have the 30 mile drive back from the tire shop as experience, so only time will tell how well they will hold up in the different conditions and extreme abuse I put them through.
Confident. If tires could have a personality, the Hercules Terra Trac A/T would certainly be confident off-road. Moving to an all-terrain from a mud-terrain I was expecting to lose a little bit of grip in the soft stuff. This is not the case. Wandering in deep soft sand is non-existent. They dig in, grip, and hold their own line even in heavily traveled and channeled sandy washes. Cornering is excellent due to the amount of tread and siping low on the sidewall. I'm still experimenting with the proper tire pressure. So far, even on the higher side of PSI they are quite smooth over washboards and rocks. My lieutenant's truck, identically equipped except for brand new BFG A/T's, is temporarily up here. I had a chance to drive it as a comparison and there is a clear winner: the Hercules Terra Tracs are worlds better than the BFGs in all categories.
Stay tuned for my mileage updates. As per usual, tires for me only last about half as long as they would for the normal person so if I can get 20,000 miles out of them, that would equal 40 - 50,000 for the average driver.