Searching for the best off-road tires for your Jeep? There are three things you need to keep in mind. The first of which is that dedicated off-road tires aren’t designed for highway driving. If you ignore this advice, be ready for loud road noise and short tread life.
Secondly, dedicated off-road tires do not come cheap, especially when compared to their passenger counterparts. It isn’t uncommon for two off-road models to cost as much as an entire set of premium touring tires, excluding the installation/mounting costs.
Thirdly, not all off-road tires are designed to be driven on snow. Only those models that have a flexible tread compound, aggressive biting edges, and Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol can safely carry you from point A to point B in harsh wintry conditions.
Now that you’re aware of their limitations, let’s check out the ten best off-road tires for Jeep. All the models you see below come with puncture-resistant tread compounds, asymmetric tread patterns, and sturdy internal construction to not require replacement for years.
#1. Falken Wildpeak A/T3W – Best Overall
The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is one of the best off-road tires on the market. A puncture-resistant sidewall, support ramps and step-down etching, and built-in heat diffusers have made this model a reliable performer on mud, slush, gravel, and even rocky terrains.
Start with the sidewall, whose incredible toughness has made it resistant to cuts, nicks, and punctures, regardless of the terrain you’re driving on. Aside from that, the sidewall functions as a heat shield, making sure there is little heat build-up at higher speeds.
Then come the support ramps and step-down etching. Both these design elements give this model the traction it needs to stay stable on gravel. They also eject stones from within the tread area, minimizing the risks of stone drilling, and, by extension, punctures.
Built-in heat diffusers do precisely what their name implies – giving accumulated heat an easy way out before it could hurt the rubber. The heat diffusers are so important in this tire’s construction that Falken specifically mentions them in marketing this model.
All of this is not to say that this tire is faultless. Its noise levels, which are audible on off-roads, get unbearably loud on the highway. That is especially the case when you’re pushing this model to its limits.
- Consistent grip and traction
- Boasts incredibly long-lasting wear
- Resists damage as well as punctures
- Tire roars at high speeds on the highway
#2. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 ticks several boxes for off-road enthusiasts. This model comes with an extended treadwear warranty, can perform on soft, hard, and loose surfaces, and is durable enough to keep slashes, punctures, and cuts at bay.
A double-thick tread compound has been molded into an aggressive tread pattern and reinforced with internal steel belts. The results? Incredibly low risk of deformation, consistent traction on a variety of surfaces, and minimal risk of slippage.
The fact that this tire’s sidewall is as thick as its tread compound goes both ways. It’s good news for you if you like enhanced feedback at the steering. However, if you’re one of those drivers who like a soft ride, the sidewall’s firmness might be disappointing.
Side biter lugs and mud buster bars have made it a reliable performer in snow and mud, respectively. But they won’t be of any help when rock crawling. So if you want to conquer rocky terrain, it’s recommended to air down this tire to the minimum possible pressure.
A 50,000-mile treadwear warranty further sweetens the deal, inspiring confidence in this model’s ability to last you 3 to 4 years with minimal care. However, while its tread life is hugely encouraging, this model’s poor fuel economy is less so.
- Backed with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Highly resistant to cuts, chips, and punctures
- Can be used for rock crawling
- Average fuel economy
#3. Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
The Mickey Thompson Baja Claw is one of the best rock-crawling tires on the market.
Its bias-belted construction has enhanced this model’s toughness vis-à-vis your average rock crawler. It has done that by providing this model with one extra steel belt. The added toughness has given this model the toughness needed to conquer roads with ease.
Bias-belted construction has provided this model with two more benefits: lower rolling resistance and a smoother ride than your average rock crawler. The reduction in rolling resistance, in turn, has enhanced this tire’s fuel economy compared to dedicated off-road models.
Directional side biters further increase this model’s rock traction, with their combination with the directional tread pattern helping this tire stay stable in snow. As a result, you can count on this model to safely take you from point A to point B in mild winter.
Just like any half-decent rock crawler, the Baja Claw is up to no good on paved surfaces. That is because the large voids in its tread area have robbed it of traction on the tarmac. If you care about your safety, replace these tires upon return from an off-road expedition.
- Outstanding traction for rock crawling
- Highly durable bias-belted construction
- Puncture-resistant tread compound
- Useless on the highway
#4. BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3
The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is much better than your average mud-terrain tire. Need proof? A mere glance at this model would be enough. Large spike blocks help this model dig into mud and slush, with mud-phonic bars helping with mud evacuation.
A Krawl-Tek tread compound helps it offer 5% better traction on mud, per tests conducted by BFG. They are helped in this by this model’s symmetrical grooves, which aid in mud evacuation when the mud-phonic bars have to deal with more mud than they can evacuate.
All these design elements also help this model perform excellently on snow, something that this tire’s M+S symbol also attests. That said, this model isn’t up to much good on deep snow and ice, with its utility limited to mild-to-moderate wintry conditions.
The Terrain-Attack tread is yet another feature that helps this model perform well on snow, with multiple deep grooves helping it with snow and water evacuation. These channels are the reason why the T/A KM3 doesn’t suffer from hydroplaning on wet roads.
Bear in mind, though, that this model isn’t for highway driving. BFG itself claims that its tread is 80% for off-road and 20% for the highway.
- Offers outstanding mud traction
- Reliable on loose- and hard-packed snow
- Resists hydroplaning pretty well
- Isn’t made for highway driving
#5. Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3
Mickey Thompson tires are famous for their excellent road manners, hydroplaning resistance, and high-speed stability. Their enhanced steering feedback is another strong selling point. The reason we’re telling you all this is that the ATZ P3 has all these qualities too.
An aggressive tread pattern helps this model grip the road reliably, regardless of the terrain. The resulting enhanced grip helps the tire deliver enhanced feedback to the steering. It has also improved this tire’s responsiveness, helping it respond to your commands within seconds.
Multiple open circumferential grooves help this tire in more ways than one. They ensure quick and effective water evacuation for reduced hydroplaning risk. In doing so, they improve this model’s wet traction, making it a reliable performer on wet and rain-lashed roads.
High-speed stability is another area where this model shines. The credit for this goes to its continuous tread block sequence and specific tie bars, which interlock the tread elements to maintain constant road contact, regardless of the driving as well as weather conditions.
That said, there is one area where this model disappoints. Its ride is nowhere near as comfortable or noise-free as that of passenger car tires. So don’t expect a plush driving experience.
- 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Secure performance on mud, snow and gravel
- Gives excellent feedback to the driver
- Ride quality is harsh
#6. Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
Multiple features make the Wrangler DuraTrac one of the best off-road tires for Jeep. The first among them is Goodyear’s Tractive Groove Technology. This technology helps the DuraTrac offer adamant performance in muddy terrains, while increasing traction on wet surfaces.
Another way this technology helps the DuraTrac is by evenly distributing pressure, making sure this model doesn’t suffer uneven treadwear and outlast its warranty. All in all, if there’s one feature that defines how good this tire is, it has to be the Tractive Groove Technology.
You might want to note that this model comes in two versions: one version carries the 3PMSF symbol and is thus suited for driving in harsh wintry conditions. That is the model you must go for if the area where you live/drive receives more than its fair share of snow.
However, if you only want to take advantage of this model’s off-road-specific features, paying extra for something that you won’t use doesn’t make sense.
A rim lock helps this tire stay safe and intact within the wheels, with a relatively flexible tread compound reducing vibrations for a comfortable ride. That said, don’t expect this model’s ride quality to be as plush as that of passenger or even premium all-terrain tires.
- Rim lock keeps the tire safe and intact
- Extremely quiet for a dedicated all-terrain tire
- Studdable version works wonders in snow
- Not a lot of feedback through the steering wheel
#7. General Grabber X3
Affordable asking price? Check. Excellent performance in muddy terrains? Yes. Reliable performance in wet and wintry conditions? Present. Enhanced resistance to punctures? Absolutely. Small wonder then that the Grabber X3 has earned a place on this list.
DuraGen Technology enables this tire to offer the best of both worlds. It has enhanced this tire’s flexibility to help the X3 become a reliable performer in wet and wintry conditions. That is because only a flexible tread compound can offer adequate traction on slippery surfaces.
The technology has also enhanced the X3’s off-road credentials. It has done that by providing extra protection to the sidewall as well as the outboard shoulder blocks. This has increased the thickness of both design elements, elevating their resistance to punctures.
Not everything that is good about this tire stems from the DuraGen Technology, though. For instance, this model owes its ruggedness to the internal three-ply polyester casing. Two ultra-high-strength steel belts also play their part in keeping premature deformation at bay.
However, while this model does come with a uniformity warranty (1 year/first 2/32” of wear), General doesn’t back it with a mileage or treadwear warranty. This means that there is no guarantee on the length of time period this model will last.
- Admirable off-road performance
- Superior resistance to punctures
- High-strength steel belts keep deformation at bay
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
#8. Toyo Open Country M/T
Off-road enthusiasts know what members of Toyo’s Open Country series are capable of. Tires belonging to this family offer enhanced traction on challenging terrains. They also have tread compounds and sidewalls capable of resisting punctures for years.
The Open Country MT is no exception. However, this tire features one design element that its siblings lack, an additional tread below the outer shoulder. The benefit of this feature is additional grip and traction over rocks, mud, and even snow.
An aggressive tread pattern is joined by multiple wide voids on the tread area. While the tread pattern enhances this model’s steering feedback, the voids help with mud evacuation. The voids will also provide your Jeep with extra support, which is essential for carrying heavy stuff.
Internally, this tire features a 3-ply polyester construction. Though not as sturdy as bias-belted construction, it works best for this model’s durability, handling, and deformation resistance. As such, you can count on this model to last for many years.
Multiple deeply scalloped shoulder blocks help with stone ejection to reduce the risk of rock drilling and, by extension, punctures. Moreover, deeper siping and hook-shaped blocks enhance snow traction, something you don’t expect from an M/T tire.
- Much better handling than its siblings
- Additional grip and traction on mud and snow
- Sturdy enough for towing and hauling the heavy stuff
- Falters in terms of on-road manners
#9. Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
The Cooper Discoverer STT Pro deserves your attention if a) you’re looking for a cheap mud tire and b) you want reliable performance. This affordably priced model proves the cliché claim that sometimes in life, you get more than what you paid for.
According to Cooper, this model’s internal 3-ply Armor-Tek3 protection, in combination with its advanced silica and carbon black tread compound, has made it 50% tougher than a 2-ply tire. The resulting ruggedness is why this tire is almost puncture-proof.
Mud performance is another area where this tire shines. Multiple mud-release scoops and dimples help it get rid of mud particles before they can accumulate and hurt its traction. Best of all, side biters are present to take advantage of the ultra-clean tread area.
Cooper’s decision to equip it with an asymmetric tread pattern should ensure better feedback at the steering, enhanced high-speed stability, and above-average cornering performance. This should make the STT Pro more agile than your average off-road model.
Unfortunately, the asymmetric tread pattern goes both ways. In enhancing the steering feedback, it will expose your hands to vibrations coming off of the road. As such, be ready for a firm ride.
- Offers superb mud traction
- Quieter than most mud tires out there
- Is almost puncture-proof
#10. Continental TerrainContact A/T
The Continental TerrainContact A/T rivals models costing twice as much on many counts. This all-terrain tire is a reliable performer on snow, slush, and gravel. When aired down, it can even help you climb rocks. Plus, its wet and snow performance is confidence-inspiring.
An open-tread design has been supplemented with stable tread blocks for better stability over pebble-strewn tracks, such as the ones you’d encounter off the highway. Continental has also equipped this model with its TractionPlus Technology for enhanced wet performance.
Multiple aggressive biting edges don’t only help this tire plow through snow and ice. Instead, they also improve its mud and wet traction. These sipes are the reason why the TerrainContact A/T is one of the few models that perform as reliably in mud as in wet conditions.
Best of all, Continental backs this model with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is at least 10,000 miles higher than any model on this list. A workmanship and defects guarantee as well as a warranty for the 1/32” of wear are also on offer. What more can you ask for!
As it turns out, you can ask for better fuel efficiency. True, fuel economy isn’t the first thing on most off-road enthusiasts’ minds when they’re out there exploring unchartered territory. Still, given the direction fuel prices are going, it won’t hurt to choose a fuel-efficient A/T tire.
- Backed with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty
- Reliable traction on gravel, mud and slush
- Comes with treadwear indicators
- Not the most fuel-efficient
Best Off-Road for Jeep
Mud-terrain tires are best for off-roading because they’re specifically designed to tackle harsh terrains. The tread on these tires is constructed to offer a solid grip on less solid ground underneath. Plus, these models are incredibly durable themselves, meaning they can go on for years.
Another notable quality of mud-terrain tires is that they are very good at self-cleaning. Be it mud, slush, gravel, or even snow particles, M/T tires’ large voids won’t let anything remain inside the tread area for long, thus helping this tire offer enhanced traction.
Three features of all-terrain tires make them a must-have for off-roading. The first of which is their open tread design which enables them to offer excellent traction in off-road conditions. Secondly, these models come with reinforced sidewalls.
The extra thickness of the sidewalls not only makes them puncture-proof. It also helps the entire tire on the whole by elevating its carrying capacity and helping it endure challenging off-road use. What’s more, you can use all-terrain tires for highway driving too.
Now that you know what the best off-road tires for your Jeep are, the onus is on you to select the model that meets your requirements. If you only use your Jeep for off-roading, there’s no better option than mud-terrain tires. However, go for all-terrain tires if you mix highway driving with off-roading.