Originally Posted by Newb99
My understanding is that the MT/R stands for Maxium Traction / Re-enforced,
Could you elaborate a bit on the differences in the ones I picked out above to the ones on now? I assumed these where a type of all terrain hence while I was looking at the ones I was. I wear my newbness on my sleeve...
It does stand for Maximum Traction/Reinforced, you're right. I actually just mounted a set of the new ones with kevlar today. All the tires you listed are all terrains, and the MT/R, while not as aggressive as most, is still sold as a mud terrain tire. For all intents and purposes though, it acts like a cross between AT and MT.
As far as differences goes, I don't know a lot about that Firestone, so I can't comment there, but I know a bit about the others. The SilentArmors are technically all terrains, but they act more like a street tire. They don't perform great off road, but their on road manners are the best of anything you've listed. They'll still do alright on the trail, just don't expect to be gripping onto anything wet or slippery. I had them on my Isuzu Trooper, and I was satisfied with how they did. The Duratracs are really nice tires. They handle wet roads just as well as they handle mud pits, and they're pretty decent in the snow too. The only downside is that a lot of guys tear the sidewalls off road. Not the strongest. The BFG AT is the basis for most all terrains on the market today, and a lot of people swear by them. Can't go wrong with the original. I've never run them personally, but I've heard a lot of success stories. Personally, I'd rather run new technology than old, but that's just me.
Hope that helped, let me know if you need more information or clarification anywhere. The reviews section on here might help you out too.