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.