One of the most difficult decisions for off-road enthusiasts to make is deciding on whether they need a tire that can handle just about any terrain or if they need a dedicated mud tire. It can be a difficult decision for many people to have to face down, but we’re assuming that if they’ve come here, then they’ve already made their decision and have decided on purchasing mud tires for their truck. With that decision made, let’s talk about some of the best mud tires available that you’re probably going to want to check out and perhaps place on your truck.
Quick Summary of Mud Tires
Federal Couragia Performance M-T Radial Tire-LT315/75R16 124Q (review)
Forceum M/T 08+ Radial Tires LT235/75R15 LRC
Best Overall Tires
It wasn’t that long ago that Forceum created the MT-08 mud-terrain tire, so we were quite surprised when they released the MT-08+, a tire that’s built to be even better in the mud than its predecessor. This tire is designed with a 4×4 pattern that’s perfect for the off-road adventurer and these tires feature large knobby blocks that hold on to terrain. Another feature that liked about these tires is that they have an open tread with shoulder groove ridges that allow the tire to remain stable on uneven terrain. And another thing we liked is that it had a continuous center rib that maximized the tire’s efficiency under all off-road conditions.
It also should be mentioned in this review that this tire has a 6-ply performance that makes it an extremely durable tire for just about any off-road conditions. The only real problem that we found with this tire is that it’s a little bit noisy when it’s taken on the highway, but that’s not unusual for mud tires. With that said, we have to say that these reasonably priced and aggressive tires are some of the best mud tires around.
- These are aggressive tires.
- They’re reasonably priced.
- They’re extremely durable.
- They’re a little bit noisy on the road.
Milestar Patagonia Mud-Terrain Radial Tire – 35X12.50R15 113Q
Quietest Mud Tires
We’ve known about Milestar Patagonia tires for quite some time, so we weren’t surprised by the quality of these mud tires. These tires are designed to crawl over rocks, power over sand dunes, or blaze new mountain trails. However, what they’re the best at doing is traveling through the mud. These tires have a high-void tread that’s engineered to give the vehicle the aggressive traction that people expect from an off-road tire. And because of its overly engineered edges, these tires clean themselves quite easily and don’t get clogged up the way that other brands of tires can tend to do.
We also liked the fact that this tire’s three-ply design offered some extra protection against impact damage while out on the trail. These tires are also equipped with stone ejectors that prevent stones from drilling into the tire. Although these tires don’t fare as well on wet roads and tend to hydroplane a bit, they’re good for just about any off-road terrain situation that might arise. And finally, unlike most mud tires, these tend to be a bit quieter when they’re on the highway—which we appreciated a whole lot.
- These are very aggressive tires.
- They’re very quiet.
- They balance well.
- They’re not so great on wet roads.
Mastercraft Courser MXT Mud-Terrain Tires 35/125R20 121Q
Best For Light Truck Owners
Even though these tires are a little bit on the pricier end of what we’ve reviewed, we still think that this is one great tire for off-road enthusiasts or light truck owners. This tire is designed so that it not only provides the user with aggressive off-road performance but also great handling for on-road and highway performance. These tires aren’t very noisy on the highway, but they have a great side-bite design that provides excellent traction in both mud and snow. This tire’s deep grooves dig into mud and snow, and they are self-cleaning so they don’t end up getting clogged.
The one area where this tire excels and where other off-road tires fail is that it handles water on the road very well. It has specially designed sipes that remain functional even when the tire is half worn. The engineers at Mastercraft estimate that when the tire is half worn, 80% of its sipe remains functional to siphon water from around the tire and helps prevent hydroplaning. In our opinion, that’s pretty impressive and is a sign of a good mud-tire.
- They have an aggressive tread design.
- They’re extremely durable.
- They present a very smooth ride.
- They’re a bit expensive.
Federal Couragia Performance M-T Radial Tire-LT315/75R16 124Q
Best For Handling Off-Raod Impacts
The Federal Couragia Performance M-T is a radial tire that’s designed to be exceptionally tough under tough conditions. It’s also designed with an aggressive tread design and a strengthened shoulder that helps the tire navigate even the toughest of off-road conditions. This tire is designed to ploy through sand, snow, mud, or even climb rocks if needed. They’re also designed to handle off-road impacts quite well and have an optimized block design that increases both the tire’s traction but also its control during off-road conditions. And because it has an incremental block edge, it quickly clears gravel, sand, dirt, and mud.
We would also like to mention that these tires handle on road conditions as well as they do off-road conditions. There’s very little road-noise and this tire doesn’t tend to hydroplane when the road is wet. This is a great tire, but unfortunately, we found one flaw with it. It does tend to wear quickly—more quickly than other tires in its price range. It doesn’t wear out quickly, just more quickly than some other quality tires. If it weren’t for that fact, these would be the perfect tires.
- These are aggressive mud-tires.
- They make very little noise on the road.
- They wear a little quicker than expected.
Road One Cavalry M/T Mud-Tire E Load-Rated
Best For Snow & Mud
Another tire that we’re happy to put on our list of the best mud tires are these tires from Road One. The Road One Calvary are mud tires with an E-load rating and enhanced puncture. These tires can go through snow, sand, mud and can even handle gravel. It’s a tire that also provides the user with great traction on unpaved roads. However, it’s excellent off-road performance doesn’t mean that it doesn’t handle the road well, because it does. This tire gives the user great road traction, although we do have to admit that at times it can be a bit noisy.
Because this is a 10-ply tire, it can handle just about everything tossed at it. This would’ve ordinarily have pushed it to the top of our list, but the fact that they’re noisy and can sometimes be a pain to properly balance has pushed them down our list.
- They provide aggressive off-road performance.
- They handle snow and rain extremely well.
- They’re very noisy on the road.
- They aren’t always easy to balance.
A Guide To Buying Mud Tires
Just a few short years ago, truck owners didn’t have a lot of choices when it came to mud tires. There just weren’t that many brands, and among the brands that were available, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between them. Fortunately, that’s changed a lot over the last few years. Now, there are plenty of types of mud tires to choose from, and this presents its own set of challenges. And one of those challenges is figuring out which mud tire is right for you.
To help solve that problem, we’ve not only listed some of the best mud tires we could find, but we also decided to write this guide on the subject. A guide that we hope will guide prospective mud tire buyers toward the products that will serve them for many years to come. Okay, enough small talk, let’s get down to business and talk about mud tires, shall we?
Step One: Begin With A Budget
The first thing any truck owner should do, regardless of whether they’re buying regular tires or mud tires, is to determine how much they want to spend. When it comes to tires, consumers have a few options available to them. They can choose a budget tire that provides them with the bare minimum of mud traction, they can buy a mid-price mud tire that provides good traction and has a few basic features, or they can buy the expensive professional tires with all of the features they could want, but also a pretty hefty price-tag. Once a person has determined their price range, they can then begin to look at features. After all, there’s no point in thinking about features if the only mud tire you can afford is a basic budget model.
Step Two: Know The Size You Need
The next step in the process is determining what size you need. Not only to make sure that it fits on your rims, but also so that it clears your fenders. There’s nothing worse than buying taller mud tires and finding out that they don’t clear your fenders.
Step Three: Figure Out What You Need
The next thing that you’ll need to figure out is what you need the tire to do. Are you looking for a tire that can just handle mud, or are you looking for tires that will do some serious rock crawling? Maybe you need tires that are not only good in mud but can also be used on the highway as well. There are tires that are strictly for off-road performance, and there are tires that can handle both on-road and off-road conditions. While you’re considering your options, remember that a tire that’s made exclusively for off-road conditions is not going to do well on the highway, and a mud-tire that can be on-road is not going to perform as well in the mud.
Step Four: Let’s Talk About Tread
Another thing that has to be considered is the tread. Nowadays, there are all different types of tread patterns that can be found on mud tires. There are patterns designed to eject rocks, to sipe water from around the tire, and for providing additional grabbing power in tough terrain. Depending on your needs, one of these tread patterns is most likely to suit you well.
Other Things To Consider
Before we conclude this guide, it’s worth mentioning that there are a few other features you’re going to have to consider before buying a new set of mud tires. Some of the following features are some of the other features that you might want to think about before putting down good money on a new pair of mud tires.
- Multi-Ply Construction
- Puncture Or Cut Resistance
- Chip Resistance
Bonus Section: Tips For Keeping Your Mud Tires In Good Condition
Okay, we’re not ready to conclude this guide yet, so we decided that it might be a good idea to list some tips that will enable drivers to keep their mud tires in the best possible condition. Although all tires will eventually lose their tread and fail, there are some things that a person can do to keep their tires in the mud longer. Below are some of those tips.
Keep Proper Air Pressure
The best thing anyone can do for any tire is to keep them properly aired up. Nothing contributes to the inevitable end of the tire’s natural life than low tire pressure, so check those tire regularly and keep them properly filled.
Keep Your Tires Rotated
Another thing you can do to keep your tires in good shape is to make sure that you properly rotate them. That ensures that the wear is spread out over the entire diameter of the tire and not concentrated in one area.