- Unbelievable performance in snow and ice
- Improved traction in the dirt, gravel and mud
- Road noise increases on dry pavement
- Sidewalls are too soft and thin and prone to punctures
Do you drive a full sized pickup, van, sport utility or commercial vehicle?
Do you need a tire with excellent on-road performance that’s tough enough to meet the requirements for loading, towing and rugged off-road use?
If you drive mostly on pavement, but need a tire with the capabilities to handle the occasional off-road excursion, you need to take a look at Goodyear’s On/Off Commercial Traction light truck tire, the Wrangler Duratrac.
It’s a versatile tire designed for great on-road prowess in dry, wet and wintry conditions, with the ability to take on dirt, gravel and mud off-road.
With an all-season, all terrain tread compound that’s resistant to chipping, chunking and tearing, the Wrangler Duratrac’s symmetric tread design combines large shoulders and highly angled center tread blocks that enhance performance on dry or wet pavement, increase traction on dirt and gravel, and provide lateral stability when on the highway.
But they can’t keep up with real mud tires in the mud
For better traction in the deep mud and snow, the Wrangler Duratrac uses zig-zag sipes, self-cleaning shoulder blocks and Goodyear’s TractiveGroove Technology that is built into the tread and the base of the tire.
What about it’s winter performance?
Even though it’s not a dedicated snow tire, snow traction is excellent and comparable to any winter tire. With the exception of the 255/5519 size, the Wrangler Duratrac is branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol to show it meets the Rubber Manufacturers Association snow traction requirements. One of the reasons they do so well in the snow is the siping that is built into the tread and the base of the tire which is something unique to the duratrac.
Oh, and if you need studs for severe winter conditions, the tire is built to accept #16 metal studs.
You can find two steel belts with nylon reinforcements inside the tire that add strength and durability. It’s a great tire for heavy construction use, and handles heavy rain with ease, which is ideal for contractors in areas where driving in the rain is an everyday occurrence.
A rim lock helps prevent wheel slip throughout the life of the tire and a built in rim protector helps protect wheels from accidental damage on and off-road.
However, the Duratrac has weak sidewalls that are soft and thin and are prone to punctures. And sharp and heavy rocks cause cause chunking to the tread.
Definitely a wise choice if you’re on an occasional rather than a hard core off-roader. They’re a joy to drive with and the steering is responsive, giving you complete control the whole time. Even though they’re a little noisy on dry pavement, they do ride more comfortable than expected.
For a tire of their capability., they wear very evenly and have a long lasting tread life. To get the most out of them you should rotate the every oil change, check the pressure every month, and the alignment and balance once a year.
The Duratrac comes with a limited tread warranty and a materials and workmanship warranty that is guaranteed for up to 6 years.
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