Review of the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Update — since writing a better and more informative review was put out by the Expedition Portal.

I looked everywhere for a decent tire review of the Adventure, but instead found a bunch of non-reviews from a debut event Goodyear held for the tire.  If you’ve done a Google search for the tire — you’ve no doubt seen the same.

After much internal debate, I ended up purchasing a set of Pro-Grade LT 265/75 R16 for a slightly modified Xterra. The truck sees some towing, a lot of highway and a decent amount of off-road driving.

In short — it’s a great tire for most people — but I wouldn’t buy them again.

My Expectations

The truck is almost always loaded and does a lot of driving on the pavement. So I want a tire that wears well and is comfortable (and quiet!) on the road. I also want a tire that’s snow rated (the Pro-Grade is the only version of the Adventure that is snow rated) and would handle well in the rain (the lack of sipping on a lot of all-terrains and mud-terrains disqualifies them for me).

And the other half of the truck’s life is lived off-road. We’re in Southern California — so that means a lot of sand and rocks and cactus. We don’t get a lot of mud or snow.  So I want a tire that resists chunking (which the Pro-Grade is supposed to — more on that below), shoulder blocks for rocks/sand/mud — but something with sharp enough edges it still clears well.

Last but not least — I want a decent looking tire. No utility or purpose in this desire… just vain, egotistical bologna.

The Results

I’ve been on the Adventures now for about five months. I’ve had them in everything from creeks and mud — to dunes and lava-sharp rocks. The only thing they haven’t seen is snow… so no comment on that.

On the pavement these tires are fantastic. They’re absolutely silent on the road and ride very well (only slightly stiffer than the P tires they replaced). Their 60,000 mile warranty is a class leader… so right here we have a winner for most consumers.

We don’t get a lot of rain here — but when we do it’s slick. And the Adventures again, excelled here. A very confident tire in the wet (in fact one of the best I’ve ever driven).

In mud and clay — they’re OK. The shoulder blocks have “tread” between their sharp edges and actually clear very well (even without wheel spin). However, the interior tread (three across) cakes and pretty much stays that way. I’ve definitely seen worse in an all-terrain, but this is by no means a class leader.

Where this tire doesn’t excel is durability off-road. It seems stable and “grippy” at slower speeds and off-camber sections. Aired-down, even the Load E deforms well over obstacles. But, the tire’s durometer is actually really high; because of this I think the plentiful sipping is its saving grace off-road… And its enemy. The sipes give the tire more biting edges and deform when aired-down (making it more flexible). But they also pick-up small rocks, tear, chip and chunk. Granted I’m in the rocks and sand in SoCal, but I’ve been to the same areas with other tires without issue. The self-destructing nature of the tread seems to be an Adventure specific issue.

And that might be a strong statement. While I’ve got missing tread, torn tread blocks, chunking and sidewall cuts galore, the tires still press on without issue. No slow leaks or flats… absolutely no failures.

Verdict

If you need a tire on your daily driver that can get you just about anywhere… I’d buy this tire. My reservations would be if you plan to see a lot of rocky roads (that includes gravel) or even small amounts of rock crawling.

I won’t buy them again, but I do think it would be a good tire for many people.