Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3 vs BFGoodrich KO2

Want to take your jeep on a long drive? An all-terrain tire is what you need. Quite luckily, both Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3 and BF Goodrich KO 2  tires are just that! They can give you a ride both on and off the road.

Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3 caters to the jeeps, trucks, and SUVs. BF Goodrich KO2, on the other hand, is pretty much the same.

What distinguishes Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3 is the traction claw technology that helps it crush the dirt and snow, making the drive easier. You might wonder how KO2 does that. It competes with the former tire with its twice as tough sidewall rubber compound and serrated shoulders that help churn the dirt and snow to something too trivial to cause a hindrance in the drive. These are what we may call ‘the winter tires.’ This is because the traction of these tires in the snow is pretty remarkable.

Let us go through a breakdown of the similarities and the difference between the two.

Detailed Comparison of BFG KO2 with Bridgestone Revo 3:

BFG KO2

Vs

Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3

BFG KO2has been prepared from a specific tear and wear-resistant compound that has been molded into a pretty aggressive tread design. The design flaunts the interlocking tread blocks with a high void ratio. This makes it very suitable for evacuating the water from the road, however, the structure does not speak of a very promising grip on the road.

BF Goodrich KO2 tread pattern
KO2 tread pattern

This is well compensated by the serrated shoulder design that might promise a good steering control and traction. 

The symmetric pattern is quite a useful trait of the Bridgestone Revo 3 because that is what is going to prevent your tires from getting irregular wear. The strong shoulders and the stable tread blocks make the handling all good. Deep tread depths, wide grooves, and open shoulder slots are just what will the water away from the path of your vehicle. And while all of that happens, the sipes save the day by providing the right grip on the wet roads and on the snowy neighborhood.

Driving Performance

On Dry Asphalt

KO2 on the left and KM3 on the right
Ko2 on the left

KO2, although has a very aggressive tread design, its contact with the road during the drive is pretty less. We can think of a high void ratio as a reason. The lesser the contact of the tire with the road, the lesser the friction between the two. And this eventually leads to poor traction on dry roads. The benefit of the sipes on the tires when it is all dry is obviously negligent.

The strong shoulders and the stable tread blocks that the design of Bridgestone Revo flaunts offer increased friction between the road and the tire and hence increased stability. This makes the traction and the handling of the tire on a highway look great.

On Wet Asphalt

The siping, as seen on the structure of BFG KO2, proves to be pretty helpful in evacuating the water from the path of your jeep. The water, as it evacuates away, leaves more space for friction to occur and causes good traction between the road and the tire. The interlocking tread blocks, quite easily cause the tire to stay stable on the road. The wet traction offered by the tire, therefore, is better than the dry traction offered by it.

Bridgestone Revo 3, along with its grooves and sipes, takes the help of its open shoulder slots that take the water out of way from the path of your vehicle. Although the tire still shows a slightly larger braking distance, its structure provides a stable drive while moving, braking, and turning on the wet roads.

Off Road Performance Comparison

Softer off-road terrain (mud or snow)

KO2 on a Jeep
Ko2 Off-Road

You look at BFG KO2, and you know that its specific tread design and serrated shoulder pattern have been designed to get your jeep through snow and mud all fine. The high void ratio and siping allow the ‘slipping agents’ to ‘slip away ‘ from the path of the tire, while the serrated shoulder design provides an exceptional amount of traction in comparison to the other tires.

The 3D steps in the staggered shoulders of Revo 3 aid the tire in finding stability in the not-so-stable, soft pathways. The deep circumferential grooves make the drive in mud comparatively easier. However, it is still not the best choice for a drive in muddy areas.

Also, while cornering on a snowy path, you might have to face problems.

On a rocky path

BF Goodrich KO 2 has a high void ratio. This characteristic in specific has an important effect on how it acts on different surfaces. Because of the high void ratio, the tires tend to pick up and throw the rocks a lot. Therefore, they are not the best option when off to a rocky path.

When talking about Revo 3, we can’t forget about its Traction Claw Technology that churns the small rocks and dirt on the way making the drive much easier. That, combined with the stability of the tread blocks makes it look all good. However, in the areas that contain rocks too big to be churned, the performance of this tire, like many other tires, tends to deteriorate too.

What about the ice?

When we call BF Goodrich KO 2 a winter tire, we mean it. The spinning of the tire when on ice is considerably reduced in comparison to the other tires. The stopping distance of the tire on ice has been known to be as low as 46. This is quite a proof of it being stable on ice.

Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3, although performs well in winters, its performance and stability tend to deteriorate on the ice.

Which ones more Comfortable?

BF Goodrich KO2 black helix
KO2 on hilux

BF Goodrich KO 2 comes with single-strand beads that make it easy for the tire to fit in the wheel. This eventually has an effect on the quality of the ride. What the travelers get is a uniform ride. When on the road, the ride, although uniform, does not feel as smooth. The tires tend to give a stiff ride on road, but do give a very good steering control that makes handling for the driver much easier.

When off the road, the comfort is meant to leave. However, BF Goodrich has been known to provide a comparatively comfortable ride off the road.

Revo 3 gives a rather soft drive. We can thank the 2 ply construction of the tire for it.

Noise comparison

With BF Goodrich KO 2 taking you to your destination, the tread noise is always present along the way. However, the noise is not intrusive.

Bridgestone incorporates in its tires the Resonance Noise Attenuated silencer grooves, as a result of which, the noise produced by the tires is reduced to a great extent. However, the noise may get audible when you get on to the grooved surfaces.

How durable are these tires?

KO2 flaunts a twin steel belt around which nylon is spirally wrapped. This provides the tire with a lot of strength. The 3-ply polyester cord sidewall ply construction adds to the durability and the strength of the tire, giving it a tread life of 50000 miles.

Not only does the symmetric pattern of Bridgestone Revo 3 provides safety from irregular wear, but there is something more that has been incorporated to increase the durability of the tire. The nylon reinforcement ply greatly increases the life and the durability of the tire!

This company, too, gives a 60000-mile warranty of the tire.

Which one is heavier on the pocket?

The prices of both tires do not have much of a difference. KO2 is slightly more expensive than the other. But at the same time, the Revo 3 brings the overall cost down in the longer run as its tread wear is slow.

Quick Summary:

What you get for your vehicle depends on where you live, and the terrains you prefer driving on frequently.

Some of these pointers may help you make a better decision.

  • BF Goodrich KO2 has an aggressive tread design with interlocking tread blocks, a high void ratio, and serrated shoulders. Revo 3, on the other hand, flaunts its stable tread blocks, deep tread depths, wide grooves, and open shoulder slots.
  • KO2, with its high void ratio, does not offer good on-the-road traction, dry or wet. Bridgestone tire, with its stable tread blocks, gives a good dry on-road traction and, via its wide grooves and deep tread depths, is able to give a good drive on the wet road too.
  • BFGoodrich here works best on the snow, ice, and mud. Other one through its claw traction technology, is able to churn the small rocks and dirt, giving a good ride on the areas with the small rocks.
  • The former gives a stiff ride with an audible noise on road. However, the handling is good. The latter gives a smooth ride with noise only audible on the grooved surfaces.
  • The tread lives of tires are 50000 miles and 60000 miles respectively, with the price of the former being a bit more.