Atturo Trail Blade XT vs Falken Wildpeak AT3W

We measured both tires under the size of 275/70R18, both of them had the same tread depth of 18/32nds (14.28 mm). Wildpeak is better suited for on road performance as it has an optimized tread made out of silica compound that enhances grip. Along with that, the 3D canyon sipes further increase Wildpeak’s wet on-road traction. Whereas Trail blade offers slightly better off-road performance. Using its large shoulder lugs and a modestly angled shoulder, Trail Blade ensures maximum grip and handling. 

Trail Blade’s sidewall design is similar to that of an MT tire for increased durability on off-road terrains.

Comparing Falken Wildpeak with Atturo Trail Blade

Falken wildpeak at3w

Vs

Atturo Trail Blade XT

The Trail Blade has an aggressive tread design with large tread blocks. The central tread blocks are linked together for added stability. The shoulders are mildly angled to provide good handling and grip on off-road and on-road terrains.

However, the wide contact patch area with the central blocks being linked together can cause the tire to hydroplane especially at high speeds due to the deficient evacuation of water. The angled shoulder design and massive shoulder lugs ensure good off-road traction. The sidewall is rather strong and provides more durability when off-roading as compared to Wildpeak.

Falken Wildpeak AT3w tread
Wildpeak Tread

Falken AT3W also has an aggressive tread design with an unusually deep tread along with three-dimensional canyon sipes for effective elimination of water and resistance against hydroplaning on wet surfaces.

The tread blocks are rigid and rugged to provide stability and protection on off-road and on-road terrains. Unique groove pattern and a tough outer sidewall along with offset shoulders make it a good choice for both on and off-road terrains.

On-Road Traction Comparison

When it comes to dry-on-road traction, both tires perform well.

The Trail Blade has small central blocks that are linked together, this increases the contact patch of the tire hence increasing the stability and grip on dry roads. Tread squirm is significantly reduced by using this base design.

Large shoulder blocks and a slightly angled shoulder make up for good handling on dry roads.

Wildpeak has rigid tread blocks that enhance grip on dry roads. Its canyon sipes can interlock the shoulders and help provide good handling even at high speeds.

What makes this tire better than the Trail Blade in terms of on-road performance is its wet traction.

Tire is manufactured using a high Silica tread compound that is known to increase tire grip exponentially on wet surfaces. It has a deep tread that comes with grooves wide enough to avoid any sort of hydroplaning. It features 3D sipes that effectively expel water from the tread.

Trail Blade on the other hand has a large contact patch and comes with a very saturated base with connected tread blocks at the center. This causes slow evacuation of water which may lead to hydroplaning.

The siping alone is not enough for effective water elimination so hydroplaning can occur especially when driving at high speeds.

Off-Road Traction Comparison

Both tires perform decently on off-road terrains while the Trail Blade has  the slight edge due to better performance on rocky terrains.

On Dirt

The large tread blocks on the shoulder of the tire claw onto the loose dirt or sand and give maximum traction.  The sipes of the tire are not only present for water elimination. They also grasp onto dirt and increase grip.

The shoulder of the tire is slightly titled to provide better handling on off-road terrains.

The Wildpeak is also good on dirt off-road terrains. It has full-depth sipes along with relatively unique groove patterns that clean the tread from dirt and ensure maximum grip.

The offset shoulder design helps offer good handling, especially when cornering through heaps of dirt.

Both tires are good when it comes to dirt off-road terrains.

Muddy areas

Trail Blade’s bulging and large shoulder lugs allow the outer edges of the tire to firmly dig in and grasp onto mud resulting in minimum loss of traction. The thin grooves are compensated for thanks to the siping techniques used in the tread.

Along with alternating vertical and horizontal sipes, the tire comes with finely sliced blocks within the grooves that allow the mud to flow out of the tire and maintains grip even in deep mud.

The tilted shoulder design establishes good handling.

Wildpeak’s rugged offset shoulder design and stepped-down tread blocks combine to offer good grip and handling in mud.

The tread depth comes in handy in deep mud as it clenches into it and grip is not lost. The side biters present on the tire provide extra traction when hauling through excessive amounts of mud.

Rocky areas

The Trail Blade offers good traction in rocky terrains. Manufactured using the UTV-specified tread compounds, the tire handles the rocky terrains very well by flexing down the tread when needed.

The open shoulder design provides good handling when cornering through massive rocks. The tread pattern can successfully eject any rocks stuck within the void area and avoid punctures and cuts.

Its sidewall is extremely tough so damage to the tire through sharp rocks will not be an issue.

Wildpeak’s tread blocks have rugged corners and it also comes with an aggressive rugged sidewall design that combine to offer protection against sharp rocks when passing through rocky terrains.

The offset shoulder design offers good handling. The one problem we noticed in this tire is that due to the extreme depth of the tread, rocks can get stuck deep within the void area and the ejection features of the tire are not enough to get them out.

The Trail blade is better suited for rocky terrains as it has better rock ejection features.

Terrains with snow

The extra channels present between the small central tread blocks of the Trail Blade enhance the snow traction of the tire. The sipes also play a good role in sweeping off the snow from the tread.

However, the tires are only M+S rated so they are expected to struggle in severe snow.

Wildpeak comes approved with the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) emblem by the TRAC and USTMA. It is designed to handle severe snow conditions.

The 3D siping dismisses the snow build-up from the tread. Deep tread allows for an increased grip on the snow. The tire is made of a silica compound that increases traction in snow. The rugged sidewall acts as a saw when ploughing throw deep snow.

Which tire is more comfortable?

Trail Blade is not that good when it comes to providing comfort. The noise levels are high and increase as the tread wears off.

The tire also has balancing issues once it has run a few miles which can cause problems in steering and ruin comfort in a ride.

Wildpeak is more comfortable compared to the Trail blade. Despite having an aggressive and rugged tread pattern, the tires provide a smooth ride.

The inner tread blocks are staggered to reduce the noise. At slow and moderate speeds, the noise levels are low but the tires roar when the vehicle reaches higher speeds.

Durability and Treadwear

The Trail blade features a three-ply sidewall which makes it extremely durable on off-road terrains. Atturo collaborated with Quartermaster to introduce a Knives and Blades sidewall design which offers maximum protection to the tire.

One thing to keep in mind is that the tire does not come with any maintenance or tread wear indicators, so you will have to carefully and closely observe the tire to find any tread wear.

Wildpeak comes with a heat diffuser technology that dissipates heat in the lower sidewall and protects the tire components even when towing other vehicles or heavy objects.

The outer sidewall of the tire comes with a secondary bead apex that protects the internal casing of the tire. The aggressive sidewall protects the tire from sharp rocks even at low tire pressures.

When it comes to tread life, Atturo XT offers a 45000 miles tread warranty for the Trail Blade. But the customers have reported them to last only up to 30000 miles.

On the other hand, Falken AT3W offers a 55000 miles tread warranty but the users have reported it to last as long as 70000 miles.

Quick Summary

  • Both tires offer good dry on-road traction but the Wildpeak is better when it comes to wet on-road traction.
  • Trail Blade is cheaper, but Wildpeak offers a longer tread life and can be more cost effective overall.
  • Both tires provide decent off-road traction but the AT3W Falken struggles on rocky terrains.
  • Wildpeak is the better option when it comes to snow traction.
  • It is also more comfortable compared to the Trail Blade.