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Thread: deep snow tires

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    Default deep snow tires

    I am interested in your thoughts about tires for deep snow. Snow varying from a foot of powder to very deep packed drifts with a crust of ice on top. Many of my ventures are early season w/ powder and packed powder while my favorite exploration lies in the spring crawling through trails covered with several feet of compacted snow. Floatation is key yet the want for a more street friendly narrow tire without compromising my addiction for deep snow exploration.
    For referance I am looking into the 33-34x 11.5-12.5" tire range and am open to 15-17' wheel sizes. The taller end being narrower for fitment. i currently have 305/70R16s (33x12") BFG MT KMs and have been happy with their snow performance but am currious to your thoughts about a slightly taller but narrower option as well as different brands ect. I have done a bit of research but found little on this type of travel in specific.

    Example of a common spring time outing, snow surface is apx 4-5' above the ground:
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    most of thos east of us use

    irocks or gumbo mudders
    over to Wallawalla thay will get 10-14 feet

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    When I was living in the tri-cities we would run the goodyear terra tires. we were always running deep snow outside of dayton and running the sky line trail. our other trick was we all had tow bars and hitches. we could connect up several vehicles and the mobility was incredible. these are usually run on farm implements and come in super terras and regular. very important to have flotation, not tall and skinny in that kind of country.

    Its very difficult to have 1 set of tires that can do it all. easier to have a couple of sets.

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    I've been wondering about this exact thing. Best I could figure up to this point would be 265/70/16 Cooper Discover M+S. That's the widest winter street tire I could find, but it doesn't seem like enough.

    My thing is I have two goals, I want tires that will work for me on the streets, as well as off-road in the snow. Not sure if that's possible.

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    irocs and baja claws seem to be the choice for snow blasting up here. I have not found bfg mud terrains that good for the deep stuff. I have tall 33x10.50 smaper radials on my samurai now. so If I air them down to 3-4 psi I should be good in the snow!
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    In the snow we have up here, some wide all terrains are your best bet. The wider the better.

    Yokohama just came out with a snow tire in their geolander line, and it has me interested. The other tires in the lineup are great, and the tread pattern on the new snow tire is pretty standard for a good snow tire, but the first time its been available in such large sizes. This tire would be more street oriented, but I bet it would do very well in the deep stuff. Small tread blocks and lots of siping.

    http://www.yokohama.ca/en/tires/tire...landar_it_g072

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    that tire would work good for hard compact snow. around my area the snow is wet and icy and once it gets deep those yoko's would pack into a solid ice slick! Obviously different snow requires different tires I guess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chet
    that tire would work good for hard compact snow. around my area the snow is wet and icy and once it gets deep those yoko's would pack into a solid ice slick! Obviously different snow requires different tires I guess!
    Actually, am I right in thinking that it's the case that any tire with a tread aggressive enough to break trail and pull you through deep snow will pretty much suck (and even be borderline dangerous sometimes) on packed and/or icy snow? That's kind of what I've personally figured out, but is it really " a rule"?
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    The best I've used are 35 x 12.5 mud terrains in bottomless powder and trail breaking. There was a real difference I noticed between these and your standard 33" - the height difference really helped. Those of us with the larger tire setup seemed to do much better and many times were even forced to break trail so people behind us could make it. I also have a set of chains for 35's but never actually ever had to use them because the 35's worked so well...

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    i agree i have not found a tire that will work good in all snow conditions

    here on the cost all we get is nasty wet snow. Wich a good mud tire dose best in becous there is no getting on top. East thay can get on top and have a good frost to hold it on a nice wide foot print is the ticket.

    When i lived in Utah it was run what ya brung nothing worked better. All depend on the snow you could be on top then on the bottom with no notice

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