If you have a pick-up truck or SUV, we can see why you’d be tempted to opt for chunky off-road tyres. They can make a vehicle look much more purposeful, while also giving a healthy increase in off-piste ability.
But what kind of difference do they actually make, and how do boots like these affect on-road performance? To find out, Tyre Reviews shod a Ford F-150 Raptor in a variety of different options from General, and got testing on a several surfaces.
The baseline is the HTS60, an ‘H/T’ or ‘highway terrain tyre’ - a typical road-focused SUV or pick-up tyre which still has some competence on looser surfaces. There are two all-terrain tyres in the form of the APT and the much more aggressive AT/X, and finally one mud-terrain hoop - the X3. To cap it all off, a much larger version of the X3 is added to the mix, to see if there are any benefits to going up a size other than the obvious - that it looks awesome.
Sit back, relax, and prepare for an all-terrain tyre education.