I always have plenty of fun when reviewing all-terrain tires, since I like a little off-roading and it is a nice change of pace that delivers an interesting experience. While looking for such tires, a friend, who is an avid off-road driver and a mechanic suggested to me that I give the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W a try. Apart from his suggestion I also checked some reviews and if any of that is to be trusted, then we have something special in our hands.
Main Features Of The Falken Wildpeak A/T3W
The company has stated that these tires are designed and engineered for adventurers, for any time and any weather. The manufacturer promises that these tires will deliver amazing off-road performance without any compromise when you hit the pavement, which sounds too good to be true. I have to be honest here, I don’t think that such tires exist, but even if there is the slightest chance that these tires can deliver that kind of performance than they need to be tested extensively.
Specs and Features
Taking a quick look at the sellers and manufacturers’ site about these tires you will that the spec sheet and the list of features are extensive and long. Let’s start by talking about the 55,000 miles limited tread life warranty of this tire which is excellent considering that it is designed to be used for 50 percent off-road use. It also comes in different sizes fitting rims from 15 to 20-inches in diameter, and I can comfortably say that it fits a wide range of SUVs, CUVs and light trucks without any problem.
One of the most important features of the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W is that it has an outer apex sidewall and an aggressive upper sidewall that is designed to protect the internal casing of this tire. The secondary bead apex that is added here should result in ina more durable tire with better handling on rougher terrains, also the aggressive upper sidewall should keep your tires safe against rocks and getting stuck. The heat diffuser technology is added to protect the internal structure of this tire and to keep the tire cooler than usual where it matters, this will deliver better stability and performance under heavy loads, well at least in theory.
The Falken Wildpeak A/T3W has a three-dimensional canyon sipe technology that is in my opinion essential for such heavy and powerful vehicles that produce a lot of torque, and technology should resist the wear excellently. It has also rugged and sturdy tread blocks that should provide exceptional stability in off-roading and the Silica tread compound is pretty much important here. Combined with the deepest tread in the market these tires should not let you down in every circumstance. But then again without practical testing concluding things is impossible.
As a first impression, I can say that these tires look pretty rugged and ready for getting their hands dirty, and I have to say that they are pretty heavy. They look the part I can say that, but looks can be deceiving.
Installing them on the Ford Ranger was rather easy and smooth, and they gave the truck a bad boy look I got to say. The first spin around the block seemed fine, they inspired a lot of confidence, but we should see it after the initial break-in phase.
If I can conclude one thing before taking this off-road, after the break-in phase I can say that they will deliver the 55,000-mile tread life without any doubt. The tires started wearing pretty evenly, but to do that you should also check if your car’s suspension is in balance though. To get a better understanding about these tires I decided to go off-roading for a while, through mud, dirt, rocks, grass, and whatnot, only then we can see if it is good or bad for the purpose, but before that let’s see how it fares on the pavement.
I have to say that all the features that were added for comfort and reliability were pretty much spot-on. These tires delivered exceptional performance and stability on the road. Sharp cornering on dry asphalt was pretty good with lots of traction and grip on the pavement, no skidding and it was very responsive, one thing that I didn’t expect. On wet asphalt, the silica tread compound delivered its salt’s worth. The deep treads also proved very useful as you won’t notice any hydroplaning at all.
Going off-roading I can say that these tires are fantastic. The grip, traction, responsiveness, the ample fun, it was all there. It doesn’t matter if you like off-road driving for fun or your job you will love it with these tires, there is no denying that. It won’t matter if it is raining or snowing, whether you are in the desert or a jungle these tires will get you through, even with the heaviest vehicles, top-notch overall. Plus when you take into consideration that these tires have the severe snow emblem for snow performance, you are all-set for all-terrains and all seasons.
There is no exaggeration with these tires, they perform perfectly in every aspect. Then again these are all-terrain tires that are designed for 50 percent off-road driving, and if your driving routes consist of less than 10 or 20 percent of off-road driving, than I don’t think that you should invest in such tires. Overall one of the best in its category.