Originally Posted by CB3
The Cooper Discoverer ST is an excellent tire that is a cross breed between an all terrain tire and a mud tire. It's a 50/50 mix and belongs in both categories. I love this tire. It's OK on ice. On all other surfaces, it is excellent. It's also reasonably quiet too. It makes about the same small noise that my BFG ATs did. That is quiet enough. It is WAY QUIETER than the Goodyear Wrangler MTRs I had.
The Cooper Discoverer ST is both an all terrain tire and a mud tire that is actually good at both. Check it out.
I got to see these in person when I went to go buy my tires. I didn't think it was possible to have a mixture of A/T and M/T, but Cooper did it.
What makes this tire a "Mud Tire" are how deep the lugs are. I looked at the Cooper ST side by side with a BFG A/T (which I considered at the time the most aggressive A/T, and found that the only difference seems to be a bit bigger lugs, a little less siping, yet a deep tread. This is a good combo that I would recommend anyone. In all honesty the pics don't do it justice. It's much more aggressive in person, much more aggressive than the BFG A/T. The one that I saw was a 31" size...just imagine something bigger.
So if you really want an M/T but still want excellent road characteristics, you really should put this Cooper ST in your top spot of consideration. If you don't think it's aggressive enough (like I did before), go see one in person.
At this time I went and bought the Cooper STTs, since they're a bit more aggressive than the ST. However the ST would probably be my second choice. Yet, I think that the Cooper STT is one of the sexiest tires out there, and I can't wait to mount it to the jeep (in a couple weeks). It also took very little weight to balance. I think the stock 'Get-Stuck-Anywhere' tires took more weight to balance. Here's a pic:
That is a 33x12.50R15 size. And they're amazing in person. I love 'em already.
(And if you live in Colorado, especially near colorado springs, let me know. I know an EXCELLENT tire store, wonderful all around: Rex Tire in Colorado Springs.)