I am looking for idea for a Touareg T3 tire. I will do 90% on pavement but don't want to be in danger when I venture onto some dirt trails or gravel roads. Most of the A/T tires I have looked at are probably too trail oriented.
I read reviews on the pirelli scoprion AT and most of teh Ford guys getting these stock on their trucks are saying they are terrible.
It seems there are no miracle road/trail tires without some really bad reviews. it seems maybe that the ultimate compromise tires does not exist?
For light greenlaning, you should be fine with any of the tires mentioned. Mix some water in with the dirt and all bets are off. Totally different experience. Mud, like snow, pretty much requires dedicated, purpose built tires.
You are right, there are no miracle tires. Find what covers 80 or 90% of your needs and either don't push it, or get a second set of wheels/tires.
I tried to do both on my first Range Rover, a '95 County LWB. I ran a set of BF Goodrich M&S tires that were thin and knobby. Great offroad in dirt, gravel, roots, mud, but borderline dangerous on the highway. Every time my wife took the Rangie I was afraid she was going to put it on its side on an exit ramp. They were that bad.
So...for now, I run Contis in the summer and Nokian R2s in the winter...and I stay off trails. Sure, I'll do some light greenlaning if the opportunity arises, but I would not go offroading alone or in mud.
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