“This isn’t the Old West, because the New West has never arrived. It’s just the West, like Wyatt Earp died yesterday.” ─ Michael Martin Murphey talking about the Eastern Sierra during an interview in 1996.
As I said, I have only had them out twice but they have been awesome both times. The first time was a work day and they did some serious digging for traction on a couple of occasions, the second being to get up and out of a hole as tall as they were. The sidewall definitely aided in that. The second trip was a night ride and it was extremely wet and slick and I was the only person who ran the whole trip who didn't have to use a winch or strap on an obstacle although I was on my last attempt on a couple of occasions. I hate mud but they threw out quite a bit that night. And based on the mud and clay that we have around here, I would have never gotten the old-style MT/Rs as they flat out suck in this environment. On the road, they are not very loud and drive well, even on wet roads. I haven't lost traction although I haven't re-geared yet (3.73s) and drive them appropriately (like they are a mud tire) so they will hopefully last a few years until I replace them with 35s. If these hold up like I hope, I will probably replace them with another set. The only other tire I have to directly compare them to is the 31" Cooper STTs and the MT/Rs are a much more aggressive tire. Until they prove otherwise, I would definitely recommend them.