Firestone’s new all-terrain tire is designed to compete with some of the best. Like other AT tires, it promises to be able to handle any kind of situation and offer dependable results. Whether it’s on an SUV, a truck, a jeep or an all-terrain vehicle, and whether it’s on dry road, mud or wet surfaces, let’s see if the Destination A/T can live up to the many tasks it claims it can deliver on.
The tread compound found in the Destination A/T is highly durable. It is certainly capable of providing very strong and firm traction on wet or slippery surfaces. The treading is even designed to be tough enough to withstand serious tearing that could be found by driving over debris on the road. The chances of this wheel succumbing to any cuts or large abrasions is significantly lower than your typical AT wheel.
The wheel’s pattern is designed to increase traction on all surfaces, including mud, but also provides a solid foundation when traveling through snow, or even on slippery ice. These interlocking tread blocks are a pattern that were specifically designed to maximize and optimize performance upon all kinds of environments and surfaces that an all-rounder AT wheel would typically face.
Additionally, the center rib of the wheel is built to increase steering response and stability on dry roads. But it also has many thick sipes and a wider set of grooves to increase driving stability on wet surfaces.
The performance all around is excellent, with one exception. This tread is aggressive and reliable in mud, on ice or on dry roads, and it does well in the snow too. But thicker snow is where this tire’s weakness becomes noticeable.
You can probably get through about three inches of slush or snow with the Destination A/T no problem, but if it’s an especially snowy day, let’s say 4.5 inches and up, that’s when the tires will start to feel like your average day-to-day wheel. They’re still a great all-rounder but not the best if winter season dedication is your priority.
Safety and Comfort
Unlike some other all-terrain wheels, the Destination A/T has a reduced noise level on all surfaces. Often we find that AT wheels are quiet in some areas but a little too loud in others. We found no such problems with the Destination A/T. You can be driving these things at 100mph on the highway, and you’ll be impressed with how silent they manage to be. They also have impressive breaking stats.
Their durability is also noteworthy. Thanks to the strong treading compound used in these, it will be a while before any serious wear and tear starts to hamper the performance or looks of these wheels, if it ever happens. Firestone provides a warranty with the Destination A/T, saying that you have either five years, or 50,000 miles before you can return these. Though some users across the internet claim that well past the 50,000 mile point, these wheels are still alive and kicking, showing just minimal degradation.
Durability in all-terrain wheels is a given, so we can’t give big points to such a common and expected feature, as necessary as it’s considered to many buyers.