05-15-2013, 06:08 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Racine, WI
Originally Posted by mschi772
BFG Rugged Terrain (mild)
Cooper Discoverer AT3
Firestone Destination AT
Goodyear Duratrac (aggressive)
Goodyear Silent Armor
Hankook Dynapro ATM
Kumho Roadventure SAT (mild)
Toyo Open Country AT 2
That's my short list of all-terrain tires in alphabetical order. You really can't lose with any of them. BFG RT and Kumho SAT are both milder for better or for worse (depending on how much/little and how extreme/mild you wheel).
As someone who uses his Jeep as a daily driver but goes off road occasionally, I chose a milder AT tire (some consider it a highway/AT hybrid)--Kumho RV SAT. BFG Rugged Terrain is similar. If I went off road any less than I do now, I'd roll with Firestone Destination LE2 or Continental CrossContact (LX20 or LX Sport)--virtually no contest in the highway tire department really imo.
Honorable mention goes to: Bridgestone REVO 2 and General Grabber AT2
BFG AT is a best seller and highly rated, but you have to remember that a lot of people using that tire are either doing so by chance, by someone else telling them to, and/or because they've been using it exclusively for years. Many people don't know any better because they've never tried anything else. I've had conversations with people about tires where they go on about undeniably terrible tires being so great and the best they've ever had. They'd never used a truly great tire in their lives, so they didn't even know what they were missing; to them, their Goodyear Integrities or Goodyear Wrangler STs really were the best they've ever used.
BFG AT isn't a BAD tire; it's a good tire for sure, but it's old-school, and there are better tires out there for almost every type of driving one might want. If you INSIST on BFG AT, buy General Grabber AT2 instead--it's extremely similar in design/tech, is a ton cheaper, and may even be a simply better tire.
There are a lot of rebates floating around right now, and DiscountTireDirect.com is offering their own rebate in addition to many manufacturer rebates. DiscountTireDirect.com and Tirerack.com are fantastic places to buy tires, and they'll ship them straight to an installer for you. It's been many years and a couple cars since I've had a local tire shop beat either of these places' prices.
If you never go offroad, get a P-size highway tire. Don't let Jeeper peer pressure force you to buy a tire that your type of driving doesn't need. Lots of people buy inappropriate tires just because of how they look or because of peer pressure from their chosen automotive niche. My tires aren't "cool" by Jeeper standards, but my XJ is functionally far better off (for my lifestyle and type of driving) than a cookie-cutter Jeep with BFG ATs, Duratracs, or KM2s.
Because I don't know what your "some local trails" demand of you in terms of traction, I'll throw Cooper Discoverer ST Maxx at you as an aggressive AT tire. If you're interested in an MT tire, that's a different can of worms.