Mother Nature is a fickle mistress but sometimes her random weather patterns really help a fellow out. That was the case on the first day of spring when she left 6 inches of snow on the ground. I was able to get some tire testing done in the snow with our General Grabber ATX.
Grabber ATX in the Snow
It usually takes a few months before I get to write a snow review. Tires usually show up in February or March and here in Maryland, there won’t be any snow until December or the next January. This year the weather was particularly kind and dropped enough snow to give us some worthwhile testing conditions.
Grabber ATX Dry Traction and Road Noise
Have you ever read the meme where it says “Let’s have a conversation on the way home.” and the picture is a set of aggressive mud terrain tires? These are the exact opposite of that. Comfortable ride, never harsh over bumps, and quiet. Even quieter than the stock all-terrain tires that came on the JL.
Dry weather traction is excellent. No squealing, sliding, or other handling quirks. The tread is solid and doesn’t wiggle around under load. Typically that is a trait found in more aggressive mud terrain tires but there have been some budget all-terrains over the years that have had a wandering feeling even in good weather.
No surprises when braking either. Steady, smooth, and controlled. All of that leads me to the next bit.
General Tire Quality
This is the second set of General Tires that I have tested. (Grabber X3) Both sets have been exceptional quality tires and there are subtle things you notice right away when you look them over.
They can stand on their own without leaning or rolling from an inherent imbalance. Most poor quality tires fall over or start rolling. That’s because they have extra weight somewhere along the circumference that causes them to be unstable.
The General Tires are perfectly stable and this is further proved when I got them balanced. 10 total tires and not a single one took more than 2.75 ounces of weight. When you are dealing with 35 and 37-inch tires that is not a regular occurrence. Many of the other tires I have tested have taken up to 16 ounces of weight! I even had one set that was unable to be balanced.
Grabber ATX Wet Weather
Wet weather and larger tires can be an odd mix. The width of the tire can lead to hydroplaning, the open blocky tread doesn’t give a very large contact patch to overcome the reduction in grip and it can be like skating on ice.
The Grabber ATX has none of those negatives. Plenty of micro-siping, excellent tread design, large pathways for the standing water to escape through all work to keep the tire in contact with the road surface. Except for the very slickest pieces of pavement the traction provided is as good as a dry day. You can get the tires to spin with a bunch of right foot application, but it’s only because you wanted to.
At this stage, the General Grabber ATX, and General Grabber X3 are the benchmarks that all other tire reviews will compete against. Both tires are that much better than the average, that it will be a tall order to match, much less beat their performance.