You’re far more likely to get lost out on the trail than you are looking for a mega set of off-road tires. Also called mud-terrain tires, they uniquely prioritize challenging off-road environments and deliver the performance traits and durability characteristics required to keep your 4x4 moving when the going gets tough. Whether you spend your weekends mudding and rock crawling, or you just want that powerful, ultra-rugged look for your truck or SUV – mud tires are a great choice.
Which mud terrain tire should you buy? In no particular order, here’s a guide to some of the best off-road tire brands.
No brand has quite the off-road tire pedigree and storied history of BF Goodrich. The brand’s first off-road tire was launched nearly 40 years ago – the original Mud-Terrain T/A debuted in 1980.
Now in its fifth generation, the BFGoodrich flagship off-road tire, the Mud-Terrain T/A KM3, delivers more extreme off-road performance than ever before. The KM3 is a step forward from the KM2 in all the primary metrics for off-road performance: Mud traction, soft soil traction, rock traction, and tread and sidewall durability/puncture resistance.
BF Goodrich has off-road know-how learned through racing as well. The brand has won more SCORE Baja desert racing championships than any other competitor. Extreme off-road racing directly informs tire development, according to BFGoodrich. Races are “real-world laboratories to improve tire technology.”
Visit any off-road trailhead or park, and you’ll invariably find 4x4’s fitted with BFGoodrich mud-terrains. With BFGoodrich you’re tapping into 40 years of off-road tire development, countless testing hours, and championship-winning off-road racing tire technology.
Off-road enthusiasts who put proven, dependable performance and reliability over all other considerations are often drawn to BFGoodrich.
The Mickey Thompson brand is similarly steeped in history and bears the name of a man who left an indelible imprint on American and international automotive scenes.
“The central characteristic activity at Mickey Thompson – designing & building innovative performance products for automotive enthusiasts.” – MickeyThompsonTires.com
Mickey Thompson, the man, was a true automotive pioneer. He was involved in land speed records, multiple Indianapolis 500 entries, drag racing, and off-road racing. To help facilitate his many automotive record and racing aspirations, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires was launched in 1963.
In 1973, Mickey founded SCORE International, an off-road racing sanctioning body. And the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group was the first to bring off-road racing to arenas and stadiums.
This pioneering automotive tradition is carried on by the Mickey Thompson brand, especially when it comes to off-road tires. Mickey Thompson “first to market” off-road tire innovations include:
“Since 1963, Mickey Thompson Tires has always been an Enthusiast Brand. Mickey Thompson built his products to WIN—he built them from necessity. We hold fast to Mickey’s values, his unceasing drive for faster – better.” - MickeyThompsonTires.com
Mickey Thompson offers perhaps the most diverse collection of tires of any off-road brand. TireBuyer.com currently offers four Mickey Thompson mud-terrains: Baja MTZP3, Baja Claw TTC, Deegan 38 and the Baja Boss
These Mickey Thompson options range from the relatively street-friendly, to some of the most extreme off-road rubber that money can buy. Witness the Baja Claw TTC.
Between the off-road tire selection and huge range of sizes, enthusiasts are sure to find a Mickey Thompson tire that’s the right fit. As an added bonus, Mickey Thompson tires tend to command acknowledgment, appreciation, and respect from anyone in the know. Mickey was the man.
Parent company to Mickey Thompson, Cooper Tires also knows a thing or two about legitimate off-road tire performance. Made in the USA since 1914, Cooper has a long history of outstanding off-road tires. Cooper’s latest entry into the off-road tire space is the Evolution M/T and features an assortment of the latest modern off-road tire tech.
Cooper’s Discoverer STT Pro is one of the most popular and well-liked mud-terrain tires on TireBuyer.com. In 2019, Cooper’s Texarkana plant celebrated 50 years of production, and 400 million tires manufactured. The 400-millionth tire to come off of the production line? A Discoverer STT Pro.
It’s safe to say Cooper knows how to construct rugged and dependable off-road tires.
Another longstanding American tire tradition, General Tire was founded in 1915 in Akron, OH. General’s current flagship off-road product is the Grabber X3. With its distinctive raised red sidewall lettering (optional/certain sizes & specs), the X3 turns heads with both style and clear off-road prowess.
The X3 features superior off-road durability, more extreme off-road grip, as well as a quieter ride, and better wet road and winter performance as compared to its predecessors.
General Tire’s off-road tire tech is bolstered by racing and competition as well. General is a major player in the world of off-road racing, where some of the same tires available to the off-road enthusiast public (like the Grabber X3) are competition-winning.
Nitto has a knockout and diverse line of off-road tires that are loved by enthusiasts.
Nitto’s three current off-road options, the Trail Grappler M/T, Mud Grappler, and Dune Grappler (specialized for desert terrain) have all achieved 4.5/5 or better ratings from the TireBuyer.com off-road crowd. The Mud Grappler offers some of the burliest tread blocks and sidewall attributes you’ll find on any off-road tire.
For a more balanced on- and off-road performance approach, the Trail Grappler M/T is a tried-and-tested option.
This list of top off-road tire brands is just the tip of the iceberg! We have a large selection of mud terrain tires. If you want to discuss which off-road tire brand is right for your 4x4, give us a call at 866-961-8668.