Originally Posted by jjtwister
Looking at 285/70R17 with an E rating.
BFG has a new Rugged Terrain TA in this size....has anyone tried it?
I'm running them in 275/70R18, e rated in the back, and the non e rated Rugged Trail in the same size as the back (the front is marginal, but still within spec, so I'm using them up).
For a compromise highway tire, I really like them in the snow as well as on rocky and sandy trails. No experience in dirt (yet).
On the highway, they will hang on to ruts like nothing I've ever experienced. Very scary the first couple times I went through it. Now that I know about it, it's workable, but I'll still try to get out of lanes that are particularly bad.
I need to do more work dialing in the tire pressure in back, but at the moment at least the e rated ones have a harsh ride unless I'm carrying real weight. When I am loaded I'm pretty happy with the ride, so my next step is to play with dropping the pressure a bit more when running light. From what I hear about e-rated tires as well as from driving other heavy duty vehicles, this seems more tied to the load rating than the particular tire.
Despite that, I'm likely to stick with them as they do well for me on the trail. I also don't see going to a tire with a tread that would have much more significant trade-offs on the highway.