Originally Posted by Fargo
I was investigating the Attitude closer and it looks like their might be some ridges between the outer lugs that look like the barbed wire theme.
I inspected the FAMT closely in person
at my local tire store, and the Duratrac too.
The FAMT has decorative barbed wire pattern on sidwalls that do look like cleaning ridges, and would indeed work well as cleaning ridges, if they'd continued it on through the area between the outer treadblocks.
But they didn't. Instead they stopped the ridge just before it leaves sidwall area and enters the void between outer treadblocks.
That's unfortunate because it turns the barbed wire feature into mere decoration, instead of the functional self cleaning aid that it could be if it continued on into the void between the outer treadblocks.
I understand how looking at a picture could make you think they're functional self cleaning ridges, but they're not. Go to a tire store and look at some in person up close, and you'll see what I mean. Also, look at the Kelly tire in person too, and also measure the spaces between the outer lugs
(I did measure and compare IRL on the FAMT, Kelly, and Duratrac), and observe how many center tread blocks, orientation of shapes and sipes. I still think the Duratrac is the best of those 3 tires, and the tire store guy who sells all 3 thinks so too.
The Dunlop tire looks awesome in pics. I'll have to look into that one more. I've never seen one in person. Only seen pics. While a pic is worth a thousand words, it's no substitute for seeing a tire in person, and actually measuring and comparing things is helpful too, IMO.