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driving around in the mountains snow tire
« on: October 20, 2021, 12:07:32 PM »
Scared myself last week coming off a mountain in Idaho   :chuckle:   

slid down and almost rear ended my hunting pard when he suddenly stopped for a truck coming up, lucky he was paying attention and eased down the road until I stopped sliding  :chuckle: 
 
I'm using Falkin wildpeak at3 but they got 40-50k or so miles and are rounded off on all the biting edges, so they're skates on slick stuff. 
They were pretty good new, but there's better for sure for snow/ice slush. 


I'm not as interested in typical on highway use as I am wanting to go through gravel roads with 8-10" wet snow that some dude rutted up with his F350


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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2021, 12:12:11 PM »
Cooper st Maxís work pretty decent those conditions, even so I chain up all 4 real quick when itís like that and donít worry  :tup:

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2021, 12:14:13 PM »
I can't chain the front    :bash:


General Grabber A/TX is studdable and severe snow rated


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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2021, 12:24:09 PM »
The narrower the better in my experience.  I have the Blizzaks on all winter and have been pretty happy with them, but they are more geared toward colder snow & ice vs slush.  On and off pavement they have been performing well, I haven't felt the need to chain up since I put them on although I do carry them and wouldn't hesitate.

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2021, 12:48:05 PM »
Milestar Pategonia.  Wouldn't drive them on pavement year round. Softer compounds for increased traction in cold. I would mount these on a spare set of wheels for winter and hunting. I have several friends in Alaska  that use and love them, as well as here in western we.
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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2021, 12:58:43 PM »
I have the Patagonia - got for rock use due to 3 ply sidewalls.  Center rib doesnt grip on wet or ice as well as Duratrac.   Does fine in deeper snow.  Great in rock.

For piece of mind just chain up.  I threw spacers on my 1500 so I can chain either end or both.  For steep ice its only option.  Deep snow can just air down.

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2021, 01:23:45 PM »
I haven't tried spacers yet, but I intend too. 


My current tires are 265/70-17 and at full lock on factory wheels I can rub the frame rail when tires were new.   So that's maxed out factory. 


265/65 - 17 were the factory tires, but it was the trail boss package so that's up a size from regular Colorado's.   
No rub issues there, so I'm *hoping* with a 1" spacer I can use low profile chains on a 265/65 tire. 

the rear axle isn't an issue

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2021, 01:38:51 PM »
I have the Patagonia - got for rock use due to 3 ply sidewalls.  Center rib doesnt grip on wet or ice as well as Duratrac.   Does fine in deeper snow.  Great in rock.

For piece of mind just chain up.  I threw spacers on my 1500 so I can chain either end or both.  For steep ice its only option.  Deep snow can just air down.

If I were to use it around ice I would sipe the center section.
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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2021, 01:46:12 PM »
looks like I can go 1.5" bora spacers on factory wheels because there's a pocket for the factory studs which give a little bit of clearance.   anything less and I'd have to grind studs down

also when changing disks for a brake job make sure the disks are as thick as factory, or thicker



I might try that see if I can chain up the front


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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2021, 03:03:09 PM »
Cooper st Maxís work pretty decent those conditions, even so I chain up all 4 real quick when itís like that and donít worry  :tup:

I second this :yeah: hands down best mountain tire

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2021, 04:13:28 PM »
BFG Mud Terrains.  Any version - KM, KM2, or KM3.  Load range D And E are 60-70k tires.  I run a newer set for winter and an older set for summer.  When the old set wears out, I get new ones and those become the winter set.  I have never needed chains.  If you can fit a 33, look at the pizza cutter 255/85's.
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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2021, 05:18:56 PM »
Run the pass 4 days a Week my winter tires are Goodyear Duratrac's fantastic performance in snow and seem fine in mud

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2021, 05:58:27 PM »
I have the Patagonia - got for rock use due to 3 ply sidewalls.  Center rib doesnt grip on wet or ice as well as Duratrac.   Does fine in deeper snow.  Great in rock.

For piece of mind just chain up.  I threw spacers on my 1500 so I can chain either end or both.  For steep ice its only option.  Deep snow can just air down.

If I were to use it around ice I would sipe the center section.

 :tup: Planning on it !

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2021, 08:25:55 PM »
F150 here. I got S series chains and run them on the front with no problems. Without those on the front for steering and braking I would still be sitting sideways facing downhill on a Colorado mountain. I still need to get the upholstery redone on the drivers seat after sucking most of it up my arse. Packed ice under a fresh skiff of snow. Pitch black. Never been so puckered in my life. Chain up.

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Re: driving around in the mountains snow tire
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2021, 10:07:20 PM »
Cooper Discovery AT3 did amazing in my gmc 3500 on a moose hunt in 49 deg unit. 2ft of snow and and ice kept on trucking with ease. I had chains if I needed them but never had to use them.

 


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