THE TYRES

Go! Camp & Drive - - Gear | All-Terrain Tyres -

This time we de­cided to test fewer tyres. One of the rea­sons for this – be­sides the fact that it re­quires a lot of money and ef­fort – is that we al­ready know that the cheaper tyres in gen­eral can’t com­pete with the tyres of the big­ger man­u­fac­tur­ers. The tyres that al­ways per­form well are there­fore one of a few pos­si­ble man­u­fac­tur­ers and so it doesn’t make sense to spend days test­ing tyres that peo­ple buy based on price. We fi­nally de­cided on the fol­low­ing list: 1. Gen­eral Grab­ber AT3: The AT3 is the re­place­ment for the AT2, the tyre that won our first all-ter­rain test. It was there­fore log­i­cal to see if it would keep its crown. 2. Goodyear Ad­ven­ture All Ter­rain: The Ad­ven­ture is Goodyear’s new re­place­ment for its well-known AT/SA tyre. The AT/SA came in fourth in our pre­vi­ous test. How good would the re­place­ment be? 3. BF Goodrich All-Ter­rain T/A KO2: The BFG is a legendary tyre and very pop­u­lar with off-road­ers. The KO2 was in­tro­duced two years ago and we wanted to know how much of an im­prove­ment on its pre­de­ces­sor it is. 4. Con­ti­nen­tal CrossCon­tact AT: This is a good tyre that is known for its good and pre­dictable on-road han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics. 5. Hankook Dy­napro ATM RF10: The Hankook was a top-three tyre dur­ing our first test and we wanted to know how it would fare against the new tyres. 6. Yoko­hama Ge­olan­dar A/T-S: This is a big seller in SA and is well priced. 7. Ad­ven­turo GT Ra­dial AT: TI Auto Brands, the im­porters and dis­trib­u­tors of Hankook and Yoko­hama in South Africa, asked us if we didn’t want to also test this one to see how it would fare against the more es­tab­lished brands. Note: We con­tacted Cooper Tyres to in­clude the Dis­cov­erer ST Max in the test but they didn’t want to par­tic­i­pate. The same with Mickey Thomp­son. Bridge­stone, whose Deuler per­formed well in our pre­vi­ous test, ini­tially agreed to be part of the test, but then with­drew be­cause of “lo­gis­ti­cal rea­sons”. As per usual, BF Goodrich, which is owned by Miche­lin, didn’t want to be part of the test, so we ob­tained a set via a dealer be­cause this tyre is too im­por­tant not to be part of a test like this. For prac­ti­cal rea­sons we used the tyres in 265/65 17-inch.

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