Falken Wildpeak H/T Review

Searching for good all-season tires for larger and heavier vehicles is always a gamble since manufacturers always promise a lengthy and durable tread life, traction and whatnot. However, the Falken Wildpeak H/T seems to be one of the good ones, if anything about the reviews is to be trusted that is. If it can deliver an amazing performance in terms of handling, long tread life and stability on the highway, these tires are a dream come true, so let’s look into them.

Main Features Of The Falken Wildpeak H/T

Target Audience

The manufacturer states that this tire offers a combination of amazing dry handling and a pretty responsive wet braking on all road surfaces. It is specifically designed for heavier vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks, light trucks, and CUVs, for long tread life and great comfort. So I wanted to see if this tire can deliver what it promises. The reviews and experts say that it is a promising tire, and I am genuinely hopeful about this tire.

Specs and Features

As I said I am hopeful for these all-season tires and I think that the manufacturer has provided one of the best options for light trucks and SUVs, especially when it comes to highway driving and comfort, so let’s get on with it. The Falken Wildpeak H/T’s come with a 60,000-mile tread life warranty which is also backed up for wear guarantee and tire uniformity. On top of that, it also provides a 5-year warranty for materials and workmanship. It also comes in different sizes for different cars, for rim sizes ranging from 15 to 20 inches, good enough for most of us.

The company has utilized a pretty tough all-season tread compound for these tires, and on top of that, it is molded into a pretty advanced and futuristic symmetrical non-directional 5-rib tread pattern, which is a mouthful but should deliver a great and exceptional performance in most scenarios. It has a continuous center rib that improves the stability in the long run and should shorten the braking distance. These tires are M+S rated that make use of the multi-wave lateral sipes and the four circumferential grooves making it a great tire for wet roads.

Moving on the channels on the tire are deep enough to move the water away and keep contact with the pavement even when other tires should hydroplane. There are added sipes on the tire that increase the traction overall on ice and snow, at least in theory. For reducing the road noise the manufacturer has applied a variable pitch shoulder design and combined with the high-tension casing ply you should have a super comfortable ride overall.

First Impression

As far as first impressions go, the Falken Wildpeak H/T looks like bigger and more badass touring tires, and that is a good thing. I think that they would look pretty good on most trucks and SUVs, without any problem.

I installed these tires on the Ford Ranger, with good ease and I can say that they looked pretty good on it. The first drive was pretty pleasant actually, not anything worth noting of but pleasant overall.

Testing

I want to start by saying that the Falken Wildpeak H/T’s are pretty impressive in terms of durability and treadwear at least. In my experience, these tires wore out pretty evenly and that at a pretty slow rate, that is while still considering that I drive a little aggressively. Most SUV or any other tire that is designed for larger vehicles generally have shorter lifespans, but these will definitely exceed the 50,000-mile mark giving you peace of mind and overperforming its premium competitors, top-notch here. I should also mention that tires in this category are generally noisier, but compared to most these are relatively silent, at normal speeds, and well on highway speeds, they do make some noise. However, it is still not so much, and they are pretty comfortable to drive even on long road trips.

In terms of traction and grip, these tires are pretty mediocre, especially if you are a driver that looks to push their tires to their limits. I wouldn’t opt for these, but if you are a driver that values comfort these might just be for you. However, there is still some good amount of traction and grip on your tires, you won’t be looking for a lot more. Cornering balance was pretty good, but it was not as responsive as I would have liked. Also before moving on, I should note that these tires are not off-roading tires.

On wet pavement, the same thing applies, nothing exceptional, but still pretty good for most drivers out there. It delivered plenty of confidence in the pouring rain and the braking distance was pretty good overall. It is pretty reliable and delivers a sense of comfort overall, not the best tires in the market for SUVs but pretty comfortable overall. In the snow, they deliver an okay, or passable performance, like every all-season tire, but if you live in an area with harsher winters, it won’t be nearly enough.

Verdict

With this one Falken has shown that it is one of the most reliable and better tire manufacturers in the market. The Falken Wildpeak H/T delivers plenty of comforts and a sense of reliability and confidence for the driver. If you are not a spirited driver and are looking for something that will provide durability, comfort and a relatively quiet ride this one might be the best for you.

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Falken Wildpeak H/T

8

Quality

6.0/10

Durability

10.0/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Durability For Ages
  • Quiet and comfortable driving experience

Cons

  • Not enough traction for snow and ice