Goodyear Wrangler Trail Runner AT vs Falken Wildpeak AT3W

The Wrangler is Goodyear’s On/Off-Road All-Terrain truck tire developed for pickup truck and sport utility vehicle drivers looking for traction in all conditions. The Wrangler Trail Runner AT is designed to combine long wear and durability with year-round capability on- and off-road in dry, wet, and wintry conditions.

All-Terrain tires are for drivers who want a combination of customary on-road capacity, enhanced off-road capabilities and all-season versatility, including traction in light snow. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain light truck tires branded with the M+S and three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbols are sometimes used as Original Equipment (O.E.) on light and medium-duty 4WD truck, pickup, and sport utility vehicles.

Comparing Goodyear Wrangler vs Falken Wildpeak

I tested both Yokohama Geolander M/T G003 and Falken Wildpeak M/T under certain conditions and I have compared them based on the following aspects:

  • Dry Performance
  • Wet Performance
  • Winter/Snow Performance
  • Comfort Performance
  • Treadwear Performance
  • Fuel Consumptions

Before we dive right in, here is a graph that I have put together that aims to sum up everything, for your convenience:

Wet Performance Comparison

The Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT features a unique saw-tooth block edges with multi-angled sipes that allow it to have a better grip on wet surfaces in addition to added traction in light mud, gravel, dirt, and grass.

The presence of plenty of siping in the tires that run in different directions provide aid in the wet conditions as well.

The rugged stepped shoulder helps to provide added traction in deep mud.

Furthermore, the silica tread compound also provides good help in the wet conditions driving.

Moving on to the Falken Wildpeak AT3W.

The presence of full depth sipes and grooves on the Falken Wildpeak A3TW maintain consistent performance during wet conditions.

The longer tread edges of the blocks present on the Wildpeak A3TW further enhance grip on wet roads, hence proving the wet performance.

Dry Performance Comparison

Now, coming to both the tires dry performance.

The Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT tire features a chip- and tear-resistant tread compound that is modeled into a compact symmetric tread design with large interlocking tread blocks.

This aggressive tread design and large interlocking tread blocks aid in durability on- and off-road terrain.

The engineers of Goodyear have given their main focus to this tire on-road performance because of the known fact that the majority of drivers spend most all of their time driving on streets and highways.

Although the Trail Runner AT handles off road driving well, it is not really built for harsh off-road driving on a regular basis.

Goodyear Wrangler Trail Runner A3TW also features the shoulder lugs that connect to the sidewall.

The stepped levels on the shoulder lugs present on this tire help the tire churn through loose soil or mud when the tire is in deeper than just its surface.

Moving onto the Falkens Wildpeak AT3W, this tire features a tougher tread compound which combines with a load of new Falken tire technology that gives this tire a great on road and off-road performance.

The aggressive upper sidewall on Falken Wildpeak, along with the shoulder blocks protect the tire from sharp rocks and provide off-road traction.

The off-road performance is great because of the tread blocks and rugged shoulder design on the Wildpeak AT3W that provide outstanding traction on dirt, mud, gravel, rock, and other rough terrain.

Moreover, the Falken Wildpeak AT3W is equipped with the deepest treads in the A/T category. the array of rugged and rigid tread blocks and these blocks support ramps and step-down etching that prevents stones from trapping into the tires groove and provide an all-terrain grip.

The outer apex sidewall of Falken Wildpeak features a secondary bead apex that acts as a heat shield to protect the internal casing of the tire which results in good handling and durability with the added benefit of sidewall protection on rough roads and trails.

The Falken Wildpeak A3TW is packed with Falkens 3D Canyon Sipes to an all-new proprietary lower sidewall and additionally provide handling stability.

The addition of the heat diffuser technology in the lower sidewall dissipates heat to protect the internal tire components because keeping this area of the tire cool ensures vehicle stability even when towing or carrying heavy loads.

Furthermore, the two-ply sidewall and added lugs on the tire aid in preventing punctures and bruising for increased performance on and off road.

Winter/Snow Performance Comparison

Next, we look at both the tires; Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT and Falkens Wildpeak AT3W’s wet performance.

The presence of saw-tooth block edges and multi-angle sipes on the Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT provide good winter weather traction.

The Wrangler Trail Runner’s shoulder design further adds to traction and grip when driving in deeper amounts of mud and snow.

Furthermore, there is plenty of siping on the tires as well that running in different directions to help in the wet and mild snow.

LT-metric sized Wrangler Trail Runner AT tires featuring a 5-rib tread design (245mm and wider section widths) that meets the industry’s requirements for Severe Snow Service and are branded with the three peak three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

Though it is worthy to mention that while the Wrangler Trail Runner AT features the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol provide some snow traction, they do not match the capability of a true winter tire in all adverse weather conditions and hence should not be used in true winter conditions.

When it comes to traction in snow, ice, and other winter conditions, Falkens Wildpeak AT3W is equipped with Falkens 3D Canyon Sipe technology and rugged tread pattern that aid in grabbing snow and getting rid of it.

Not only that but Wildpeak AT3W features the deepest tread in this category which provides a consistent snow and hydroplane resistance throughout.

It is worthy to mention that Falken Wildpeak AT3W struggles a bit on deep snow.

Comfort Performance

Now let us talk about the comfort performance of both the tires.

Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT contains Goodyears newly formulated tougher all-season all-terrain tread compound that is an optimized tread pattern which creates less outside noise when driving on the highway.

The internal structure includes twin steel belts with a spirally wrapped nylon reinforcement on top of a two-ply polyester cord body that give this tire a quiet ride.

The tires also show civilized street manners and give a comfortable ride quality compared along with a less wobbly ride than you might expect when you have your first look at these tires.

The Falken Wildpeak AT has large center tread blocks that add more stability and deliver better feel for the road while driving.

Treadwear Performance

Lastly, we have the treadwear performance of both; the Wrangler AT and Wildpeak A3TW.

The Goodyears Wrangler Trail Runner AT’s tread pattern has been made to promote even wear and enhance tread life.

Its internal structure includes twin steel belts with a spirally wrapped nylon reinforcement on top of a two-ply polyester cord body to combine strength and durability.

Plus, the design is built to maximize tread life both on and off-road.

The Trail Runner AT comes with a 55,000-mile tread wear warranty.

Goodyear Wrangler TrasilRunner AT tire sizes range from 16-20 inches and come in both LT and non-LT models.

On the other hand, the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W is equipped with the deepest treads in the AT category which is an array of rugged and rigid tread blocks.

With a closer look the rugged and rigid tread blocks contain support ramps, step down etching and step-down features that provide tread-pattern rigidity in the contact patch.

3D canyon sipe technology interlocks with the shoulders to resist wear from high torque and the presence of silica tread compound delivers superior wear life.

Falken offers a wide range of 15–20-inch sizes in both LT and non-LT models.

Falken Wildpeak AT3W also comes with a 55,000-mile tread warranty.

Ending note

Both Wrangler Trail Runner AT and Wildpeak AT3W have been compared and if we had to pick the best from the two tires, we would go with Falken Wildpeak AT3W.

It is true that previously Falken has not lived up to its expectations previously.

And they wanted to change that, so this time they really did outdo themselves this time and gave us the shocking Falken Wildpeak AT3W.

Wildpeak AT3W has not only proved to have better on and off-road tractions, but it has also a better snow performance than Wrangler Trail Runner AT because of its 3D Canyon Sipe Technology.

This tire is also in the middle price range on the market while others are all competing for your money.

So, if you are looking for a tire that fulfils your all terrain requirements and is not so heavy on the wallet, then Falkens Wildpeak AT3W is meant to be yours!