Best All Terrain Tires for Snow
By: Discount Tire
With winter on everyone’s mind, the question many light truck and SUV drivers are asking themselves is one we get often enough to write a blog post to try to answer: what are the best all-terrain tires for snow?
First things first: when it comes to taking on the snow-coated roads on your favorite set of AT tires, be sure that they’re backed by the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol. If they are, that means you can count on them in severe winter weather.
Please note: if you live in an area that sees consistently harsh winter weather, such as whiteout conditions, black ice and deep, heavy snow, you’ll still want to opt for a dedicated set of snow tires—even if your truck is AWD or 4x4.
Otherwise, check out our list of the best all-terrain tires for snow.
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Our first pick as one of the best all terrain tires for snow is the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2.
If the name sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for it. The BFG KO2 is regarded world-wide as one of the greatest all-terrain tires on the market. You’ll find it on many off-road rigs and on many vehicles that have to take on winter weather.
With its aggressive all-terrain tread pattern and alternating shoulder scoops, the KO2 digs into snow (and mud and sand) and provides control in the most challenging conditions. The KO2 is so reliable in winter conditions that it’s 3PMSF-rated.
It also features a heavily reinforced sidewall area, so hidden debris in the snow won’t deflate your holiday spirits this winter.
Another big plus is the fact that the BFG KO2 comes in C, D and E load ratings. That means you don’t have to sacrifice load-carrying capacity to get the most out of your AT’s this winter.
Plus, thanks to its optimized footprint and interlocking sipe design, the BFG KO2 doesn’t just handle well in snow and off-road. It also resists uneven treadwear across its 50,000-mile factory warranty.
The BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2: a rock-solid choice for the driver who wants all-terrain performance and winter weather reliability.
Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT
Up next is one of our favorite AT tires of all time, the Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT.
More than just a capable all-terrain performer, the UltraTerrain AT can face down harsh winter weather thanks to its aggressive tread pattern and Goodyear’s TractiveGroove technology. This tech includes in-groove teeth that bite into snow so you stay in control when the weather is out of control.
With all of these winter-ready features, it should come as no surprise that the Wrangler UltraTerrain is also 3PMSF-rated, certifying it for use in extreme winter weather conditions.
And those aggressive shoulder blocks you see aren’t just for looks alone. They’re designed to dig into loose terrain like mud, sand and snow. That means your travel plans don’t need to come to a halt come dirt, mud, or snowpack.
Did we mention its durability? Designed with Goodyear’s extra-durable proprietary tread compound, you can count on the UltraTerrain AT to resist cuts and punctures (not to mention uneven treadwear), helping you roll over challenging obstacles and take on many winters to come.
If you want to give your pickup an extra edge this winter, the Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT may be the right all-terrain tire for you to use when the temperatures drop.
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Our third pick for best all-terrain tires in the snow is a more budget-friendly AT that tears it up off-road with the chops to keep going come what may this winter. That tire is the Falken Wildpeak AT3W.
Named Wildpeak for a reason, the AT3W can see you to your journey’s end, whether you’re commuting to the office or taking on a literal mountain peak, blizzard weather included.
Its rugged tread pattern and aggressive shoulder blocks are designed with fierce biting edges to help you maintain your forward motion, whether you’re driving through freezing mud or snow.
It also features an aggressive sidewall design that doesn’t just make your ride look tough, (although it does look menacing) it also provides enhanced traction in frigid temps, not to mention additional puncture resistance.
Is load capacity a concern for you? No problem. The Wildpeak AT3W is built in C, D and E load ratings, as well as XL fitment options. Not only does that mean it can support whatever you’re hauling, it’s also built with a tough construction to help you roll over any obstacle you encounter.
In short, if you want to make sure your light truck or SUV is ready to go off-road without compromising its winter performance (and without costing you a fortune), the Falken Wildpeak AT3W may be the right choice for you.
Want to make your all-terrain tires more than just a rubber upgrade? Put together a custom wheel and tire package to combine an upgrade to your vehicle’s capability with an aesthetic one-up.
Do you need to invest in a dedicated set of winter tires for your pickup truck or SUV? Check out our top winter tire picks for trucks!
Our in-store experts have decades of experience installing all-terrain tires, winter tires and truck tires, so you can rely on us to get your rig ready, whether it’s for a winter adventure or an off-road trek.
If you’re ready to upgrade the rubber on your rig, feel free to stop by your nearest store or schedule an appointment. You can even take advantage of our Touchless Experience and get your new all-terrain tires installed from the comfort of your vehicle.