Both tires are popular Mud tires giving amazing off road performances. But would these tires be able to peform on road? And who is better here off road? Let’s find out.
One tire here is taking advantage of its relatively lower void ratio. So it gives standard performance on paved roads, its strengthened composition and stone ejection property make it capable for roaming about rocky trails.
On the other side, Trail Grappler rolls through rugged off road tracks as its open voids deal well with stuff like mud, slush, snow and gravel.
Let’s check out what their designs have to offer.
Differences in their Design:
General Grabber X3
Nitto Trail Grappler
Tread of Grabber X3 is characterized by bulky blocks, relatively narrow voids, central siping pattern, large shoulder lugs with alternative scooping, deflection ribs along sidewalls and stone ejectors embossed in lateral grooves among shoulders.
Massive lugs with comparatively lesser spacing among them increase contact patch of tread which grips tightly on paved roads.
Large scooped shoulders maintain the traction while steering along turns quickly.
Zigzag grooves along with siping over blocks account for hydroplaning resistance due to their wiping ability and provide better wet traction.
However, low void ratio proves to be a demerit for off road hikes. In muddy or snowy areas, narrow voids are less competent to remove loose substances like mud, snow or slush from tread as compared with its competitor.
X3 performs satisfactorily in rock terrain as prominent rectilinear stone ejectors protect it against stone clogging and puncturing of tread while rolling over the gravel.
On the other hand, the Trail Grappler give classic MT look owing to its aggressive tread with small bolder blocks, huge deep grooves, alternative scoops and staggered edges of shoulder lugs, deep central sipes over blocks, bold rectilinear stone ejectors and textured sidewalls.
High void ratio due to broad grooves reduce contact patch leading to poor grip of tread on hard paved surfaces.
On the other side, huge voids give advantage in tough conditions of rough terrains.
Broad grooves allow effective evacuation of loose substances from tread over muddy or snowy surfaces.
Prominent stone ejectors and aggressive sidewall lugs safeguard tread from puncturing and stone clogging due to bombarding gravel particles.
Aquaplaning resistance is contributed by deep central sipes as water quickly moves out from these slits.
Shoulder lugs have scoops and staggered edges to maximize steer handling over tricky turns.
Strengthened shoulders along with sturdy, textured sidewalls provide lateral stability over various surfaces.
Compare Nitto Trail with other Tires:
On-Road Traction Comparison
Grabber performs superior to its competitor in terms of on road traction.
Low void ratio due to denser arrangement of bulky blocks leads to higher contact patch and accounts for increased grip of tread on road leading to better traction.
Massive shoulders make steer handling on paved tracks, smoother and controlled.
Aquaplaning resistance is credited to sipe slits and grooves which wipe off water and give good traction on road in rainy weather.
Grappler faces difficulty on road due to its open tread.
Massive grooves result in decreased contact patch leading to lesser grip on paved surfaces and poor traction on road as a result.
Hydroplaning resistivity provided by deep central sipes and broad grooves make wet traction reliable.
Mud Traction Performance:
Being an MT tire, X3 possess enough ability to deal with mud yet its performance in mud is lesser than its competitor due to its comparatively lower void ratio.
It can get stuck in heavy mud as its narrower grooves offer less space for evacuation of mud and debris leading to gradual mud stuffing of tread and decreased traction, consequently.
Trail Grappler is better choice in comparison for exploring nature in muddy bogs.
Superior self-cleaning ability keeps it rolling smoothly through muddy areas as its broader and deeper grooves make removal of mud through tread quick and efficient.
Scooped and staggered shoulders maintain traction as the vehicle take turns on muddy surfaces.
Traction on Rocky Terrains:
Over the rocky slopes, X3 shows lesser traction than its competitor.
Tread elements like scooped shoulders, stronger sidewalls marked with deflection ribs and lateral grooves engraved with stone ejectors favor gravel traction, however, its less aggressive tread presents troubles to grip on uneven rock surfaces.
Bold stone ejectors and deflection ribs keep striking stones and pebbles away saving the tread from clogging and puncturing.
Trail Grappler shows better performance on rock trails.
Aggressive, angular and well-spaced lugs have supreme biting ability over rough surface of slopes.
Alternative scoops and staggered edges of shoulders provide firm handling on difficult corners over mountains.
Prominent rectilinear stone ejectors and raised sidewall lugs toss off striking hard particles like pebbles and rock fragments and prevent puncture drilling and gravel stuffing of tread.
Driving Comfort Differences:
Grabber offers less noisy on road drive.
Its shallow and narrow grooves limit space availability for collision and resonation of air particles minimizing noise production.
Improved traction due to higher contact patch make road trips using X3 even more comfortable.
Trail G2 proves to be a louder tire on paved tracks.
Its massive voids present huge space for reflection and resonation of sound waves producing much noise.
High void ratio and minimal contact patch decrease traction making it less comfortable on road.
Durability and Tread wear:
Comparatively, X3 shows better durability and longer tread life owing to its tougher tread compound.
Its tread composition utilizes DuraGen technology including heavy duty steel belts and 3 ply rubber casting which makes tread last longer and wear slower than its competitor.
On average its tread life is estimated about 40,000-50,000 miles.
Nitto G2 is less durable in comparison, although 3 ply constructions of sidewalls give it chip and cut resistivity yet its tread compound wears down faster and is not as strong as its competitor’s.
Estimation of its average tread life is about 30,000-50,000 miles which shows that its tread is softer and wears quickly if used excessively.