The most common question among ATV riders is: what is the best tire to have on our machines?
In the next few lines, the Raven Media team will present you with what they believe to be the top five in each category: Quad and VCC. One thing you should know is that for the quad, we use six ply and for the SXS, eight ply. Here are our choices:
Top 5 best tires for quads
Number 1: CST Stag:
The CST Stag tire has a six-ply radial carcass for the toughest design. With an aggressive non-directional pattern and alternating lugs that will bite and shed mud. It will be an excellent all-season tire because the rubber compound stays soft in winter. It performs very well in the snow. Available in 12 and 14 inch sizes.
Number 2: Maxxis Big Horn 2:
The Maxxis Big Horn 2 is probably the most popular and well known to many quad riders. It’s also the one that inspires the most competition. Its six-ply radial construction and wide footprint will give you a comfortable ride on rough trails. Plus, the sole section has a flat shape that makes it roll well on snow. The Big Horn 2 has extra lugs on the sidewall that act as sidewall and rim protectors. Whatever the terrain, the Big Horn 2 is sure to satisfy. Available in 12 and 14 inch sizes.
Number 3: CST Ancla:
This tire is very popular with utility quad owners who ride mostly on federated trails. It is also one of the most economical tires to buy. With an aggressive look and a six-ply structure, it will ensure a comfortable ride with a certain resistance to punctures. Its excellent traction on all types of terrain will convince you, I am sure. Available in 12 and 14 inches.
Number 4: ITP Blackwater Evolution:
Another very popular company in the quad world, ITP has been able to distinguish itself over the years. The Blackwater is very popular on the quad and SXS side due to its excellent quality. The eight-ply radial design with an all new Tough Tread rubber compound will provide exceptional wear resistance. The unique non-directional tread design ensures amazing traction and a smooth trail ride. Available in 12 and 14 inch sizes
Number 5: Traxion Gripper Max:
If you’re looking for an indestructible, long-lasting tire, the Gripper Max is for you. Eight-ply extreme duty radial casing and non-directional tread for the most precise control. The Gripper Max gives you comfort and ideal grip on all terrains. Available in 12 and 14 inch sizes. This is a three-season tire that is not recommended for winter use. However, in winter, Traxion offers the specialized Glacius tire, which performs very well on snow and in the cold.
Top 5 Side-by-Side Tires
Number 1: STI Xcomp:
The Xcomp is a 10-ply radial tire with non-directional tread. It has an advanced construction for superior uniformity and with its large footprint, it will give you perfect traction. No matter what trail you’re on, the STI Xcomp will absorb it perfectly. Rugged, stable and durable. Available in 14 and 15 inch sizes.
Number 2: AMS M1 Evil:
The AMS M1 Evil is available with a 6 or 8 ply radial casing for added durability. The lugs are one inch long for perfect use on trails and rough terrain. Its natural rubber composition increases puncture resistance. Developed with a special long lasting compound, it will have excellent protection against wear. Available in 12 and 14 inches
Number 3: BFGoodrich KM3
BF Goodrich needs no introduction. So, don’t be surprised to find it in the off-road market as well. With an eight ply casing, the KM3 will surprise you with its smooth ride in all conditions. It’s designed for mud with a special tread pattern and will have outstanding grip at any angle. You have the taste to climb on smooth rock, no worries, the BF is also designed for this kind of climbing. It is available in 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 22 inches! This is a three season tire and is not recommended for winter use.
Number 4: Maxxis Carnivore:
The Carnivore is a top-performing all-terrain tire with a knobby tread that provides excellent traction. No matter what trail conditions you’re exploring. Whether it’s mud, rock, or big roots, it’ll get through them with ease. Its eight-ply radial design ensures amazing durability. Available in 14 and 15 inch sizes.
Number 5: Traxion Alpha:
The Traxion Alpha is a high performance eight ply tire with a flat tread. Its unique rubber compound will give you maximum grip on the ground and the most precise stability in turns. The one-inch studs will get you out of mud or sand ruts without any trouble. Very durable, it will give you satisfaction. Three seasons tire but not designed for our Canadian winters. Available in 12, 14 and 15 inches.
Honestly, with all the tires available on the market right now, it’s hard to pinpoint the best ones. But based on my research and the help of salespeople in various stores, I came up with this top five via the responses I received.
On that note, have a good trip!
Louis Gagnon Chroniqueur