When the jeepneys, ATVs, and UTVs first appeared on the market, many thought that the SUVs would decline in popularity. Many thought that these vehicles outclass the SUV in off-road capabilities. So either consumer wants a saloon or an off-road vehicle, no compromises in between.
However, we didn’t see that happen—instead, we saw the opposite happen. Despite off-road capabilities, not its primary feature, the SUVs have been rather capable of the task. Plus, SUVs have cooler-looking profiles compared to jeepneys and other vehicles.
So how did SUVs came to dominate the off-road market? Well, the recent technological advance in suspension systems certainly did its part—however, that’s not all. Recently, all-terrain tires have also seen their advancement. Tires are now more capable than ever before. Now you can see the bigger picture.
With the evolution of tire and suspension technology, even SUVs can now handle the roughest terrains. Whether it be through mud, snow, rocks, and sand, tires can handle them better. A great example of tires is General Grabber ATX and BFGoodrich KO2 tires. Both currently are the best tires around. In fact, both are also hotly debated. Namely, which is better of the two?
Today, we are going to answer the question. Which is better? General Grabber ATX or BFGoodrich KO2 tires? But before we share our thoughts, let’s first give each tire an introduction. That way, we can judge fairly between which tire is the best.
General Grabber ATX
General Grabber ATX is one of the newest additions by the General Tire company. Currently, it is the most advanced all-terrain tire on the market. According to their marketing, Grabber ATX offers an exceptional off-road capability, durability, balance, and impressive traction on slippery terrain. As much as all of this sounds good, what does it mean exactly?
First off, let’s first study how they try to achieve tire performance. General Tire has introduced several new technology techniques for this current tire model. The first one comes from StabiliTread Technology, which increases tire durability by as much as 20%. Secondly, we have another technique from DuraGen Technology. This technology applies three layers of rubber composites in one tire, making them the toughest tires around. Finally, we have the Comfort Balance Technology, a technology that reduces vibrations, thus giving you a much comfier ride.
Then we have the thread design of the tire. The tire sports a Five Row Tread Pattern—which I must say looks very aggressive. In short, the complex pattern design allows the tire to hold traction in any direction and any terrain. On top of that, the tire has additional Alternating Shoulder Scoops that allow for traction in boulders or rocks.
How Is The Experience?
All of the technological details sound good on paper, but does it live up to its purpose? Yes, it does! All the details you have seen work as intended, and expect no gibberish when you use the tire. The Grabber ATX is capable of even the most extreme of terrains, and an example is multi-terrain.
Multi-terrain will test your car to the limits. Basically, it’s what we call an obstacle course—but for vehicles. If you have an SUV with you, it will suddenly feel like you are driving an ATV. With the amount of traction it gives, you are more capable of better handling your car. You can even challenge yourself to overcome harder and harsher terrain.
You can hold onto loose rock surfaces, better traction in mud, and you can easily pass through the sand. Very few all-terrain tires are as capable as Grabber ATX, except maybe the KO2, but we will explain more of that later. Finally, the tire’s thickness is absurd—in a good way, of course. It will be very difficult for any debris to penetrate this tire.
BFGoodrich KO2 Tire
BFGoodrich KO2 Tire is the fourth iteration of the company’s all-terrain tires. The first iteration was the T/A KO tire, and ever since then, the tire has undergone some major upgrades. The company has aimed its market towards jeeps, SUVs, and pickup truck drivers. They claim to provide durability and great traction in any off-road terrain and any weather condition. That said, let’s pick apart their claims and see what they have to offer.
First up, I have already told you this is the fourth version. So how does this version compare itself to the previous version? The new BFGoodrich KO2 Tire delivers 20% more traction in snow and 10% more in mud than the previous version. On top of that, they added twin steel belts. Plus, they further reinforce the twin belts with nylon and polyester cord sidewall construction. The result gives the tire long-term durability. The company calls this technology Tri-Gard.
The development of the tire involved a lot of computer-design optimizations. It ensures that they achieve the design that offers the maximum traction yet is also comfortable to ride. The tire also has additional features like side biter lugs for better traction in snow and mud. It also serves the purpose of traction in rocky terrain.
How Is The Experience?
I have said a lot of complex details, so in short, is the tire good! Yes, it is good. The details I have said did hold for this tire. No matter the thousands of miles I have gone through—whether, in snow, sand, or mud, the tires never fail me. Rarely do they chip, and severe treadwear will only appear after several years of use. With the company’s Tri-Gard technology, this does not come as a surprise.
It also holds up well in multi-terrain, and tractions are very good. With this tire, you can be confident in yourself in handling snow, mud, and sand. You can hold onto pretty much everything. On top of that, the ride is fairly smooth, and there isn’t much noise.
Which Is Better
Both tires deserve their praises among the consumers. They are very capable of off-road, and they certainly can last you thousands of miles. However, is one better than the other? I would say yes.
BFGoodrich KO2 is my favorite among the two. It much tougher and lasts longer than the General Grabber ATX. In terms of experience, both are equally good. In traction and handling, there are no noticeable differences.
If you are looking for an all-terrain vehicle, look no further than the BFGoodrich KO2 tires. They are way more durable and can last you much longer. In terms of price, both are equal. So you can say that the KO2 will be a bargain for you.
Hopefully, this has sorted the debated question on which is better. So do you have any thoughts on this topic? Which of the two tires do you think is better? Leave your comment below! Also, we offer some off-road guides you might want to check out: