The Gift of Grab

We test the new Gen­eral Graber A/T X


The re­cently re­leased Gen­eral Grab­ber A/T X comes on the heels of the hugely suc­cess­ful Grab­ber X3 and re­places the long-run­ning and also hugely suc­cess­ful AT2. When a tire is loved by tire dealer and cus­tomer alike, it isn’t easy to im­prove upon, but Gen­eral Tire took a big swing at it by in­cor­po­rat­ing much of what was learned from the X3 while mak­ing many small im­prove­ments to the al­ready pop­u­lar tread pat­tern. But if you think Gen­eral sim­ply slapped the X3 side­wall onto the AT2 and called it a day—read on, be­cause you would be sell­ing this truly all-new tire and the en­gi­neers short.

This is usu­ally where we plug in a bunch of fancy mar­ket­ing terms to de­scribe the new tech­nol­ogy, but we’ll try to let you in on what they ac­tu­ally do for the tire in­stead. A great ex­am­ple of this is Gen­eral’s Du­raGen Tech­nol­ogy, which trans­lates to an ad­di­tional ab­sorp­tion layer un­der the tread for a more com­fort­able ride and a pro­pri­etary com­pound that pro­vides long and even wear with ex­treme cut and chip re­sis­tance.

And the win­ter-chal­lenged can re­joice, as this tire car­ries the three-peak moun­tain snowflake sym­bol on the side­wall, in­di­cat­ing a se­vere snow rat­ing, and also has pro­vi­sions that make it a stud­able tire. That five-row tread pat­tern fea­tures wider voids filled with trac­tion notches that of­fer ad­di­tional grip in dirt, snow, and all loose sur­faces. The multi-an­gle edges all over the lugs pro­vide of­froad grip in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Mov­ing to the side­wall, the al­ter­nat­ing shoul­der scoops pro­vide a large grip­ping area for trac­tion on the rocks while also pro­tect­ing the side­wall. Best of all, Gen­eral hit the ground run­ning with fit­ment, pro­vid­ing 40 sizes rang­ing from 27x8.50R14 to 35x12.50R20. Gen­eral even of­fers a 45-day trial with the Grab­ber A/T X and a 50,000- to 60,000-mile lim­ited tread­wear war­ranty, de­pend­ing on size.

We trav­eled to New Or­leans, Louisiana, to test the new Grab­ber A/T X on a fleet of mildly equipped Jeep JKs run­ning 35x12.50R17s. Af­ter some quick road driv­ing to show the mer­its of the rel­a­tively quiet all-ter­rain tire, we were in the dirt on mul­ti­ple pur­pose-built trails in the ex­tremely muddy swamp­lands of NOLA. But our cour­ses weren’t just built to show every­thing this tire could do; there were ob­sta­cles and guides putting us into sit­u­a­tions that were def­i­nitely bet­ter suited for the Grab­ber X3, show­ing that while we were def­i­nitely push­ing the lim­its of an all-ter­rain tire, the A/T X per­se­vered. Mov­ing to sec­tions full of rocks or downed trees, the side­walls did their job, and we never stopped mov­ing for­ward. Within mo­ments of re­turn­ing to pave­ment, the treads cleaned them­selves up and were ready for the next ad­ven­ture.

Although our NOLA ex­pe­ri­ence more than proved the Grab­ber A/T X is a wor­thy tire that pushed its use­ful­ness to the top end of the all-ter­rain mar­ket, we tried some­thing new with this tire test. We had an­other set of 35x12.50R17 tires sent back to SoCal, and they were wait­ing for us when we re­turned. We found a well-worn GMC Sierra, a lifted daily driver with M/T tires that should have been re­placed many miles ago. So while it was hard not to base our opin­ions on the im­me­di­ate im­prove­ments the Grab­ber A/T Xs made, we tried to limit our com­par­isons to the many past trips out cruis­ing around in the SoCal desert, our na­tion’s high­ways, and even some Colorado snow. So far, we have logged ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 miles with the test truck since the A/T Xs were mounted up. They’ve taken us out to the King of Ham­mers, on a cross-coun­try road trip, and out to din­ner. Even with the va­ri­ety of ter­rain and driv­ing con­di­tions thrown at them, the A/T Xs have taken every­thing in stride. These all-ter­rain Grab­bers will take any­thing a daily driven truck can throw at them and re­tain the smooth road man­ners a mudter­rain just can’t pro­vide.

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