AND THE WIN­NER IS...

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GOOD or ex­cel­lent per­for­mance over a broad range of dis­ci­plines made the Maxxis 700 a win­ner in this test. The rel­a­tive new­comer to the lo­cal off-road scene de­liv­ers a tyre that lives up to the 4x4 ex­pec­ta­tions with­out overly com­pro­mis­ing on-road per­for­mance. In­deed, in many cases the Maxxis per­formed above av­er­age, ce­ment­ing them as an ex­cel­lent mul­tipur­pose tyre, one that will get you to your of­froad play­ground con­fi­dently and al­low some ex­plo­ration once there. That it is com­pet­i­tively priced is a bonus for those look­ing for a great all-rounder.

Sec­ond was the Falken, a tyre that didn’t ex­cel in any one dis­ci­pline but man­aged com­pe­tent per­for­mance across all. That it’s priced to­wards the lower end added to its ap­peal.

Round­ing out the podium is the Bridge­stone Dueler. What it lacks in wet-weather grip it par­tially makes up for in dry-weather per­for­mance, with the chunky tread also per­form­ing on our rough track. The prom­ise of a tough light truck con­struc­tion is a win that helps jus­tify its price premium.

The Hankook only missed out on a mi­nor plac­ing by a frac­tion of a point, its solid per­for­mance in wet cor­ner­ing help­ing its over­all rank­ing. Those not as in­ter­ested in reg­u­lar off-road­ing or the look of their tyre could do a lot worse than the Dunlop Grandtrek. It trounced its ri­vals for brak­ing per­for­mance and stood up well in wet cor­ner­ing. How­ever, the less ag­gres­sive tread pat­tern let its per­for­mance down in off-road ter­rain.

While the Nexen Roadian was out­classed in most on-road dis­ci­plines, its low $209 price tag won back cru­cial points.

This leaves the Goodyear Wran­gler, a poor per­former in our wet dis­ci­plines and an ex­pen­sive tyre. While it claims other ben­e­fits off-road, for this test they didn’t come into play, leav­ing the Goodyear to round out the all-ter­rain field.

A test mix of bi­tu­men and rough tracks re­sulted in some clear dif­fer­ences be­tween com­pet­ing brands.

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