The on- and off-road performance balance is what defines all-terrain tires, and distinguishes them from bona fide off-road rubber.
But that doesn't mean that all-terrain tires are homogeneous in terms of design and characteristics. Some all-terrain tires are more mild and street-oriented, while others are aggressive, prioritize off-road traction, and blur the line between all-terrain and off-road.
The following aggressive all-terrain tires have the tread depth and design characteristics to roll through just about any off-road adventure.
1. Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX | Tread depth up to 18.5/32"
Highlights: 3-ply “Armor-Tek3®” carcass construction, cut and chip resistant tread compound, stone ejector ribs. And the Discoverer S/T MAXX has some of the most conspicuous tread blocks of any all-terrain tire on the market.
2. Dick Cepek Fun Country | Tread depth up to 18.5/32"
Highlights: Reinforced three-ply sidewall with Dick Cepek Sidebiters™ for enhanced puncture resistance. Updated, more durable tread compound, and stone ejector ribs. The "DC" embossed upper sidewall and design characteristics are awesome…
3. Falken Wildpeak A/T3W | Tread depth up to 20/32"
Highlights: The Wildpeak A/T3W features the deepest tread depth of any all-terrain tire on the market. Other off-road characteristics include an "outer apex sidewall," sidewall shoulder blocks, and support ramps + step-down features on the tread blocks. The Wildpeak A/T3W is one of the most reasonably priced all-terrain tires out there too; a truly excellent value.
4. Mickey Thompson Deegan 38 All-Terrain | Tread depth up to 17/32"
Highlights: The Deegan 38 All-Terrain doesn't compete with the likes of the Wildpeak A/T3W in terms of tread depth, but everything else about it is plenty aggressive. Standout off-road features include the open-void tread pattern, tread edge chamfers to discourage stone retention, and its "Two-Pitch SideBiter Pattern" and Angled Shoulder Scallops.
5. Nitto Ridge Grappler | Tread depth up to 18.3/32"
Highlights: The Ridge Grappler is billed as an all-terrain and mud-terrain hybrid, and an effort to blend full-fledged off-road features with livable on-road characteristics. Prominent tread blocks (just about everywhere you look), shoulder grooves and "Lateral Z" grooves create one of most aggressive all-terrain tires on the market. And we think the best upper sidewall look in the category.