Goodyear Duratrac Vs Nitto Ridge Grappler

Whether it’s daily driving or exciting off-road terrains, both tires will amaze you with robust performance and unique features. You can confidently rely on in all sorts of terrains.

But since there are so many different types of terrains, in some Ridge is better while in others DuraTrac edges off a little bit more.

Here’s the deal: The Nitto Ridge Grappler has a closed pattern compared to its rival. This allows the tire to have more contact with the pavement/road. This means more traction and better on-road performance. At the same time, it also means less overall traction off road.

PS. Did you Know that DuraTrac has a doppelganger: Kanati Trail Hog AT?

Tread Design of Nitto Ridge and Goodyear Duratrac:

Nitto Ridge Grappler


Goodyear DuraTrac

Starting with Nitto Ridge, you can see the serrated shoulder blocks (like we saw in BF Goodrich KO2) placed one after another.

The grooves in between look like small triangles facing each other. Two of them have wide and deep cuts on them. These blocks are sharp, surrounded by narrower grooves.

A lot of siping is also seen all over the tire.

Personally, we just love the design of Nitto Ridge.

Coming to DuraTrac. The serrated shoulder blocks are placed in the similar style as of its counterpart. But they are bulkier.

Duratrac Off Road
Duratrac Tread

A lot of space can also be seen between these blocks.

The middle part of the tire have block pairs separated by narrower grooves.

The lateral grooves are narrower than the spaces between the shoulder lugs.

Sipes are seen on all of these blocks. Several holes are also available to install studs for ice traction.

Traction Comparison of Both tires:

Nitto Ridge Gappler

Nitto Ridge Grappler from the Nitto truck tire family offers excellent all-terrain capabilities. Undoubtedly, these aggressive and wide tires with great traction on trials deliver phenomenal on-road performance.

Nitto Ridge offer outstanding performance both on-road and off-road.

The built-in step block edges along with side Z grooves creates a zig-zag pattern and delivers sharp biting edges for excellent traction on rocks. The alternating groove pattern keeps the tires biting in the rocks and push the ride forward.

The Less gaps between tread blocks also ensures more contact with the road, so you get better on road grip with these tires as well.

(BTW, Falken Wildpeak‘s foot print is right down the middle of these two tires)

The rugged tread of Ridge Grappler with a high void tread pattern tears all the mud and snow in any terrain.

But in terms of soft mud or snow, DuraTrac performs better.

Mud is a soft material and needs to be evacuated with the help of wide grooves.

With DuraTrac you get wider grooves. This means mud is better evacuated from the tires and the tires are pushed forward.

DuraTrac Off Roading
DuraTrac Off Road

Similarly the open shoudlers of DuraTrac helps it in the same way while cornering.

The open design also allows blocks mobility and this causes a sticky effect on the rocks and dirt.

Overall the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac is an all-terrain tire with improved traction well suited to off-road terrains.

The wide grooves of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac make it a great fit for sandy terrains as the sand will pass through it easily without getting stuck.

The tire has wide shoulders and precise incisions which give it powerful handling traction and sturdy grip over rocky surfaces.

It also delivers easy and smooth performance on soft terrains.

The deep and wide grooves of Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac withhold the sand or dirt and keep it steady on the surface.

Unlike Nitto Ridge Grapplers, the tire also features a rim lock that reduces off-road damage risks.

FYI: According to our tests, we believe a better option than these 2 would be Toyo AT3.

Learn about all Grappler tires below:

Comfort Comparison

Nitto Ridge is definitely recommended in terms of comfort as it provides you with the ultimate comfortable riding experience.

Nitto Ridge Tread Pattern
Nitto Ridge Close Up

The variable pitch tread helps in better adhesion and ensures that the ride stays smoothly on road.

The tire has deep and aggressive sidewall lugs and treads patterns which grip the road and leave you with a comfortable and less shaky ride experience.

On the other hand, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac performs impressively well on difficult terrains but the tread pattern is not deep enough to absorb variable jolts and bumps hence make the ride a little unsteady with slight vibrations.

The tire also makes a lot of noise on road.

Therefore, the Nitto Ridge Grappler is a convenient option in terms of comfort level.

Comparing Durability 

Goodyear DuraTrac Off Road
DuraTrac on Jeep

Both Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac and Nitto Ridge are made of durable materials that are meant to withstand all sorts of strains and stress. Off-road driving could prove very harsh on tires but the sturdy build of both Duratrac and Ridge enables them to bear it effortlessly. Ridge offers a 55,000 mileage warranty whereas; Duratrac is a step behind with a 50,000 mileage warranty.

The stone ejector design of Nitto Ridge keeps it protected from unwanted puncture and other road hazards, making it a long-lasting choice for any terrain. On the other hand, the Goodyear Wrangler’s tough tread block pattern makes the build enough sturdy to withstand harsh conditions.    

Comparing Price

Both the options are less costly and over efficient in performance. The price of the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac is a little less as compared to the Nitto Ridge. Both tires are all-terrain tires and are quite similar in terms of performance. The weight and drive of both tires are similar.

However, if you want an ideal winter tire Wrangler is definitely a great option. If you want a more comfortable riding experience with less noise then, a Ridge Grappler is the best available option. The rest of the features both tires offer are similar in one way or another.

Overall Thoughts 

Let us have a look at some promising points of both tires:

  • Duratrac and Ridge, both are all-terrain tires with good overall performance both on-road and off-road. 
  • Goodyear Duratrac is an ideal winter tire with exceptional performance on rocky and snow ground. Nitto Ridge provides a comfortable riding experience with less noise on any terrain. 
  • Both tires are durable with high mileage and offer good looks. 

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