Originally Posted by lightfire
Curious, do you think these will do better than wider tire in snow? I was not aware narrower tire would do better in rain. Makes sense.
I don't have any info on the snow issue as i've not ridden in it out here. BUT in Reno (lived there for several years in the 1980s), we all ran narrow/tall tires on our Toys and FJs. When it would snow (never over 6 to 12 inches and would not stay for long) our skinny tires would just dig down to asphalt and find good traction.
As for rain? our little coastal town averages nearly 70 inches a year, so you could say i'm sort of an expert on what works in the wet stuff!
What suprised me is how much easier these 245s cut through the road-water than the 265s (i do realize they are different tread patterns). The joke on the coast is we have two seasons; 1) rain, and 2) waiting for rain. Last season i hit a patch of standing water doing 70 on i5 north of Vancouver, the TACO hydroplaned for maybe 1 to 2 seconds and it felt like an eternity. It was at that moment i decided that was the last winter the TACO would have those tires.
As an interesting note. My wife took the TACO (as mentioned it's her DD) to our local L.S. tire center and said she wanted new tires that would handle better in our wet weather. Their recomendation was a 3" lift kit and 285/70r17
This was one of those situations that i'm glad i'm curious enough to do the needed research and question the 'experts' at the local tire center. IMO, 285s on a light truck in the wet stuff would be hydroplane hell.