It has been almost a year and about 20k miles since I purchased the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W Tires for my Jeep. Over that time, I have driven them through many different terrains and tested their limits.
Read below for a review of the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W Tires and how they have served me on my overland adventures.
Falken Tires Performance Rating
First let’s take a look at how Falken Tires rates the A/T3Ws in areas such as Dry Handling, Wet Braking, and Off Road. See below for Falken Tires’ performance ratings on these all-terrain tires:
- Dry Handling: 4/5
- Wet Braking: 4.5/5
- Tread Life: 4/5
- Ride Comfort: 3.5/5
- Quiet Ride: 3.5/5
- Winter Performance: 4.5/5
- Off Road: 4/5
- Fuel Efficiency: 3/5
*These ratings are from the Falken Tires website.
Since I have had these tires, I have taken my Jeep to various locations on paved roads and rugged trails alike. I do a lot of off-roading, but I also do a lot of on-road driving. Whether it is taking long road trips to remote trails or just driving to the store to buy something, I need tires that are reliable on-road. However, given the amount of off-roading I do and the remote places that I take my Jeep, I need something that I can rely on when off-road as well.
First, I will focus on the off-road capabilities of this tire since that is the reason that I bought these tires in the first place. Although, I would not call my rig a rock crawler, I do push my Jeep to its limits and have been very satisfied with the off-road capability of these tires.
I have experienced minimal wheel slip when going up wet and steep obstacles. While I was off-roading in the Tillamook forest late last Fall, I had to overcome some steep obstacles through tight tree covered trails. In the late Fall, Oregon gets very wet from all of the rain fall, but my tires never failed me, and I maneuvered the trails without any body damage. I was pleasantly surprised by how little wheel slip I experienced utilizing the A/T3Ws on these tough trails.
The tread works great at tearing through muddy terrain as well as snow. I have taken them mudding through trails with puddles as deep as small rivers and did not get stuck. I took them on snow covered off-road trails and had no trouble getting to my destination. I have even taken them to the sand dunes and these tires performed. However, a less aggressive tire is generally better for sand dune off-roading.
On the road, these tires are a little bit noisy as most A/Ts will be but nothing obnoxious. They handle great on the freeway and I have noticed only a small difference in my Jeeps on-road performance. They have great traction in the heavy rain have saved me from hydroplaning multiple times.
These tires maintain traction very well in both snowy and icy conditions. In icy conditions, I have managed to do just fine with these tires with no need for putting on chains, although you should always carry them just in case. I have even managed these tires through some extreme snowstorms and was impressed with these tires ability to manage the unmaintained snow when my safety depended on it.
To summarize, these tires hold their own off-road and strike a great balance between on-road and off-road driving. I would recommend these tires to anyone seeking off-road capable tires for their rig, especially if they use it as a daily driver or take it on long road-trips.