DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — If you're planning an off-road trip, it's important to have tires that can handle any terrain.
Off-road tires must be strong enough to handle the abuse, wear and tear and potential hazards associated with off-roading, in addition to providing solid traction, sturdy control and long-lasting construction.
Nexen Tires America Inc. recommends the following features in an high-performance off-road tire:
- Appearance: A good off-road tire features unmistakable, aggressive styling.
- Burly lugs: Big treadwear blocks create a wider footprint, providing maximum grip and aggressive traction in off-road situations;
- F-Load weight rating: Off-road tires designed to be driven on the street can also aid in towing when fully aired up.
- Multi-side ply construction: Heavy-duty construction provides a more durable and longer-lasting off-road tire.
- Rubber compound: Flexible rubber provides adequate performance on all surfaces.
Nexen's premier mud-terrain tire is the Roadian MTX Xtreme Off-Road tire, which has a "capable dual-sidewall design, premium performance and competitive price point, the company said.
Other benefits, according to Nexen, are:
- Sizing: Roadian MTX is available in more than 35 different sizes, ranging from 33 to 37 inches and wheel sizes from 15 to 22 inches.
- Performance: The Roadian MTX has a three-ply design and an F-load weight rating capable of heavy hauling. It also has low air-pressure capacity for extreme rock-crawling and other off-road situations. The load-bearing tread-pattern from the top of the tire over the sidewall provides strong, even gripping-power, the company said.
- Design: The Roadian MTX has a dual-sidewall design — Beast and Machine — allowing off-road enthusiasts to choose a pattern "that resonates with them," the company said.
- Practicality: The Roadian MTX has a patented tread-block design which minimizes road noise when transitioning from off-road surfaces to on-road ones.
The Roadian MTX comes with Nexen's 45-day satisfaction guarantee trial warranty, allowing customers to try the tire for 45 days or 500 miles.