Despite the name, the Grabber AT is actually the replacement for the popular Grabber AT2. It provides significant improvements in a number of areas, especially braking and reduced noise. The tyre can be used both on and off-road. In considering off-road performance, it is evident that there have been improvements made to boost traction and reduce tyre damage.
In terms of traction, the new AT has been further optimised to be effective in off-road conditions. It has a tear-resistant tread compound and cut-out shoulder blocks with interlocking block edges. The stiffness offered by the shoulder blocks gives extra strength when tackling difficult conditions, reducing tyre damage and improving all-round steering. On muddy terrain, the tyres' central traction grooves offer outstanding grip and are also self-cleaning. This makes it easier to manoeuvre through mud, especially in wet weather. In addition to this, there are extra ridges at the base of each groove that boost the traction on wet and sticky mud or grass.
Driving in sandy conditions has also been improved thanks to the wider contact area of the tyres, providing a more even distribution of pressure.
In terms of the tread and shoulder, the tread compound is as solid as you would expect. The new tyre has been modified slightly in that the tread block shapes are slightly different with v-shaped grooves and new edges giving improved traction and sturdiness. This new tread pattern means the risk of damage from loose stones is reduced. The shoulder blocks have been further extended and they now creep over onto the sidewall, meaning that the sidewall itself is much more resilient. Additionally, there has been a noticeable change to the rim protector, making it less susceptible to damage and able to deflect stones when needed.
When it comes to the on-road performance of the tyres, they are noticeably quieter than their predecessors and also offer a more comfortable overall ride. Both the noise reduction and the added comfort come courtesy of smoother block edges together with computer-optimised sipe orientation. When used in wet conditions, the tread pattern on the new Grabber AT is able to drain water away, meaning it is designed to cope with and work well in flood conditions. The grooves on the tyre significantly reduce the chances of aquaplaning and its wider grooves also offer more secure driving in snowy conditions.
One additional benefit of the new tyres is a more even weight distribution. This improves the evenness of tread wear and thus the tyre's lifespan. The new GT tyre is quieter, stronger and more robust than its predecessor and is a fantastic all-terrain tyre. Potential alternatives to the Grabber AT include the Pirelli Scorpion ATR and the Goodyear Wrangler AT SA Plus.
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