4 SIDE­WALL PEN­E­TRA­TION

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This is one of the most im­por­tant tests in our shootout. We’re proud of the fact that no other lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion has ever done a sim­i­lar test. A few years ago we had a spe­cial ma­chine built that could mea­sure the pres­sure (in kPa) it re­quires to pen­e­trate some­thing. We be­lieve a tyre’s abil­ity to re­sist sharp ob­jects is one of its most im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tics – much more im­por­tant than tar road han­dling and tyre life span – if you re­ally want to go off-road. As ex­pected the BF Goodrich T/A stood out from the rest. Sim­i­larly we also ex­pected that the Con­ti­nen­tal CrossCon­tact AT wouldn’t per­form well. From per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence its grip is good but their side­walls are vul­ner­a­ble to sharp ob­jects. It re­mains a good tyre for tar road but we sus­pect it was de­signed as a 90:10 tar and dirt road tyre. The big sur­prise, how­ever, was just how good the Goodyear Ad­ven­ture did.

TAK­ING A STAB. With a lot of the re­sults be­ing quite sim­i­lar for a lot of tyres, we knew that the dreaded shoul­der-punc­ture test was go­ing to end up mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence in the fi­nal score, which it un­doubt­edly did.

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