The tires being discussed here are both A/T (All-terrain) tires. General grabber ATX and Falken wildpeak AT3W, both are very popular models from the manufacturers that are specially built for both on-road and off-road performance but, some unique features in each tire distinguish it from the other.
General Grabber ATX has an aggressive tread pattern with wider grooves that allows it to perform considerably well on off-road surfaces. Falken Wildpeak has high on-road traction capabilities due to its larger surface area and more contact patch.
Comparing Grabber ATX with Falken Wildpeak
General Grabber ATX has a bold symmetrical design with a deeper groove pattern. It has a high void ratio that causes less grip and less contact patch with the road, decreasing its dry traction. The wider grooves throw mud and snow backwards, moving the vehicle forward. The notched shoulder design of ATX also allows the mud and dirt to pass through them which improves the handling of the vehicle while turning in the muddy swamps. The stone ejectors prevent the stones from getting stuck into the tread by emitting them. The pile reinforcement and thick rubber tread provide resistance against tread wear and increase its durability.
Falken AT3W also has an aggressive design with deep but narrow grooves. It’s rigid and widely spread contact patch provides better traction and stability while moving on highways. This tire comes with three-dimensional canyon sipes technology in the tread blocks that wipe away the water from the tread effectively. The two-ply sidewall protects the tire from punctures on rocky surfaces and rough conditions.
Comparing On-Road Traction
The tire with more contact patch will always provide better on-road traction as the contact area between the tread and surface decides the overall grip and braking distance of the tire. General grabber has a higher void ratio that reduces the contact area between the tread blocks and the road surface as the grooves are wider, this results in bad on road traction. However, the wider grooves of ATX are much helpful in navigating the wet surfaces as the grooves assists in throwing the water backward and clearing the path for the tire to move forward. The higher number of sipes also help in wiping the water away.
The performance of Falken Wildpeak AT3W is considerably good. The closed tread pattern provides better handling and stability by providing more contact patch. The closely packed tread blocks enhance the stability on dry roads while canyon sipes wipe the water away, providing better handling and traction even at wet surfaces. Still as the grooves are narrow so this tire does not perform as good as its competitor.
Falken having more contact patch provides better traction and handling on highways than its competitor but the wider groove pattern of ATX enhance its performance on wet surfaces.
Comparing Off-Road Traction
For a tire to keep moving forward in muddy swamps, it should have wide grooves as they are efficient in throwing the mud backward and enabling the tire to keep rolling. The grooves of ATX are quite wide which prove to be quite effective in the removal of mud while being in muddy terrain. More spacing in its tread pattern easily removes the mud by throwing it backward, allowing smooth navigation through the mud. The optimized shoulder design also helps in clearing mud from the sides of tires while turning the vehicle. ATX having wider grooves is preferred in muddy conditions.
The tread pattern of Wildpeak enables it to perform quite impressive on highways but due to narrow grooves, the usage of these tires in mud terrains can cause the grooves to be filled with dirt and mud, causing the tire to lose its grip and get stuck at one place. The narrower shoulder grooves also affect the handling as the mud gets stuck in between them.
With the added advantage of wider grooves, ATX performs better than its competitor in mud terrains.
Similarly, the wide grooves also assist in the mobility of tire through soft snow. Just like mud, the wide grooves of ATX push the soft snow backward to improve the traction and keep the vehicle moving forward. The aggressive tread design bites the soft snow easily and allows a stable drive.
The Wildpeak is at a disadvantage in the snowy surfaces as the narrow grooves don’t allow the smooth rolling of tires on snowy roads as it is difficult to throw the snow backward. The snow gets stuck in the tightly packed grooves and resultantly the tire loses its grip.
ATX does not have to struggle much while propagating through rocks. The high void ratio and bold stone ejectors in the tread do not allow the stones and pebbles to get stuck inside the grooves. The wider grooves allow easy grip on rocks and the bold shoulders lugs give it an impressive hold on rocks and gravels.
Wildpeak has a rugged corner tread design and an aggressive sidewall pattern that combine to provide good performance on sharp rocks. The offset shoulders provide good handling but one thing to notice in this tire is that due to its deep tread pattern, rocks could get stuck deep within the narrow grooves and the ejection features of the tire are not efficient enough to throw them out.
The ATX is recommended more in rocky terrain due to its better stone ejection feature.
The quiet and less noisy tires provide better comfort and a smooth drive. ATX has high voids between the tread blocks which makes it responsible for producing more noise as the air particles get trapped inside the voids and start striking the walls back and forth, thus producing more noise and compromising the comfort of vehicle at high speeds.
The Wild peak A/T3W gives a smoother and more comfortable ride on highways because of its Silent Core Noise-canceling Technology and more contact patch. This gives it a virtually inaudible feel and increases comfort. Less number of gaps between the grooves enables less amount of air to get trapped inside the spaces making the tire more comfortable and more noise resistant, especially at higher speeds.
The wider groove pattern of ATX puts it at a disadvantage when it comes to the comfort of the vehicle as the high void ratio in between grooves will produce more noise.
Durability and Treadwear Comparison
The tires with more contact patch will have more rolling resistance and higher rolling resistance will cause more treadwear of the tire. ATX has a lower patch thus, having lower rolling resistance, reducing the treadwear. Since the treadwear is lower, it will increase the durability and mileage of the tire. It has a Treadwear Warranty of 60,000 miles. The additional sidewall protection lugs give resistance to punctures. It consists of ultra-high-strength steel belts, two-ply polyester casing, a robust, and two polyamide reinforcement piles that enhance its durability.
The Wildpeak also have a long tread life and excellent treadwear warranty but due to more contact patch as compared to its competitor it has slightly less mileage. It offers a Treadwear Warranty of 55,000 miles which is a little less than its competitor. It comes with Heat Diffuser technology that protects the internal components of tire and the aggressive sidewall design with offset shoulder block pattern protects it from the sharp rocks.
Falken Wildpeak is more affordable as compared to General Grabber ATX but the performance of ATX is more satisfactory in off-road conditions. The selection of the tire is dependent on the user requirement and application. Although ATX is more expensive but its super durability, higher mileage, and better-built strength justifies its price.
- Both the tires are A/T (All-terrain tires).
- On-road dry traction of Falken wild peak is better.
- The wider groove pattern of ATX makes it exceptionally good in muddy swamps and snowy surfaces.
- Falken with a narrower groove pattern gives a smooth high-speed ride while maintaining traction on the road.
- ATX is more expensive than Falken wildpeak but provides more durability and mileage.