Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus vs Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail

Both the Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus and the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail are All-Terrain tires that provide a strong grip on the road and amazing off-road performance. Because of its larger void ratio, AT Plus offers stronger off-road traction, resulting in improved off-road performance. A/T Trail, on the other hand, provides better on-road traction than AT Plus because of its greater contact patch.

Both tires are long-lasting, but AT Plus durability is enhanced by its higher built strength.

Comparing Pirelli Scorpion AT+ with Falken Wildpeak AT Trail

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AT Plus offers a more aggressive tread block design with a greater void ratio, allowing for a smaller contact patch on the road. As a result, dry traction on the road is decreased. The broad spaces between the tread blocks result in poor grip and reduce dry traction on the road. There are many sipes in AT Plus which help to wipe away water and increase wet traction. The wide grooves are also responsible for effective dirt and mud evacuation from the tire. The open shoulder design improves mud traction by allowing mud to quickly pass through them, helping in tire cleaning. The strong build also helps to prevent tread wear and extends the life span of the tire. The AT Plus’s structural design is made up of a polyester casing that combines durability with a comfortable ride.

The A/T Trail has also an aggressive tread block design with a lower void ratio as compared to AT Plus which allows a higher contact patch with the ground and has better on-road traction. Comparatively the A/T Trail tire has smaller grooves than the AT plus tire, giving it more grip on dry surfaces. This tire features a lot of sipes, which helps it perform better on wet surfaces, but it doesn’t have as much grip as its opponent because of narrow grooves. The narrow grooves also make it difficult to remove mud and dirt from the tread and decrease its off-road capabilities. It includes 3D Canyon sipes that interlock under the surface for better stability in all conditions while also providing biting edges for light snow and ice traction. Stone ejectors are also present in stud grooves for evacuation of stones, but they are not bold as of AT plus. The upper sidewall characteristics and shoulder ribs protect the tire from punctures caused by pebbles, sticks, and other debris. The silica-enriched compound is molded into a symmetric pattern and is designed to provide high durability and long life in a wide range of temperatures and conditions.

On-Road Traction Comparison

AT Plus has a higher void ratio, which allows less tread contact with the road, this reduces tire grip and increases braking distance, resulting in poor on-road dry traction. This tire provides good traction on wet roads due to wider grooves; the wider grooves are very beneficial in navigating wet roads and allow effective wiping of water. A large number of sipes also assist in the removal of water from the tire.

The void ratio of the A/T Trail is lower which allows maximum contact between the tread and the road, increasing tire grip and reducing braking distance. The A/T Trail tire has narrow gaps between the tread blocks, allowing the maximum area of the tread blocks to be in contact with the road under dry conditions. However, its wet traction is significantly reduced due to its narrow grooves that do not permit a significant amount of water to pass through.

Off-Road Traction Comparison

Mud Terrain

Due to its higher void ratio, the AT Plus wider grooves can effectively grab the mud and throw it backward. The wide shoulders make it simple for mud to pass through. It has mud serrated shoulders that boost its biting strength, resulting in greater traction and smooth navigation in the mud. Because of these capabilities, AT plus is far superior in mud.

Wide grooves effectively throw the mud backward and it allows the tire to move forward in dirt and mud, but A/T Trail has narrower grooves as compared to AT Plus which are insufficient for effective mud removal. In muddy water, the grooves fill up with mud, causing the tire to lose traction and become stuck.

Snow Terrain

Due to wider grooves, the AT Plus is the best tire for soft snow because it can easily pass through it. The tire’s wider grooves grip the snow effectively and allow it to move easily in soft snow. Although the tire is classified as a three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF), but the tire is ineffective in hard snow.

On the other hand, the narrow grooves on the A/T Trail have a drawback that they do not allow smooth tire propagation on snowy roads since they can’t push snow particles backward. narrow grooves are ineffective in throwing back soft snow, making it difficult to maintain the required traction.

Rocky Terrain

AT Plus has a higher void ratio it can easily travel on rocky terrain because of its wider grooves, which provide good traction in tough angles. The wider grooves assist the tires in strong biting action on rocks. Between its shoulder grooves, the AT Plus has large stone ejectors, which are important for traveling on rocks. Stone ejectors prevent stones and pebbles to become stuck inside the grooves, which could damage the tire and cause it to lose grip.

A/T Trail, on the other hand, has a lower void ratio and can’t easily go across rocky terrain due to its narrow grooves, which don’t allow for sufficient grip. Narrow grooves make it difficult for tires to bite the rocks. Stone ejectors are also present in A/T Trail, although they are not as strong as compared to AT Plus, which causes bad performance on rocks.

Durability and Treadwear Differences

AT Plus has lower rolling resistance due to a smaller area of tread blocks in contact with the ground, which allows for less treadwear. Therefore, the treadwear is reduced, the tire’s overall durability and mileage are increased. It has sidewall safety lugs to prevent it from sidewall punctures.

The A/T Trail tire has a greater contact patch, resulting in more rolling resistance (the force required to move the tire). The higher rolling resistance causes more treadwear which reduces its lifespan and mileage.

Which Tire is more comfortable?

AT Plus is not a comfortable tire on-road due to wider grooves, which allows a large number of air particles to become trapped inside them and strike the walls of the tire to produce noise, it has a larger void ratio, resulting in more air is being trapped between the grooves. This noise reduces the tire’s overall comfort. Yet while riding off-road, the same wider grooves act as a shock absorber. It reduces the impact of jerks and increases the tire’s comfort off road.

A/T Trail is much more focused on the highway traveling as compared to AT Plus. It is better equipped to cause less noise on the road, particularly at high speeds. The narrow grooves allow just a little amount of air to get trapped between them which reduces noise. As compared to AT Plus, this results in a more reliable on-road tire, however, its off-road comfort isn’t satisfactory.

Price Differences

The AT Plus tire is more expensive than the A/T Trail. The higher price is justified by its greater durability, better-built strength, higher mileage, and improved off-road performance.

Quick Summary

  • Both tires are All-terrain tires.
  • A/T Trail performs much better on-road as compared to AT Plus.
  • AT plus performs better in mud and snow as compared to A/T Trail.
  • A/T Trail has numerous sipes which allow it to perform better on wet surfaces.
  • Build quality, durability, and mileage of AT Plus are higher.
  • AT Plus has a higher price as compared to A/T Trail.