BUYER’S GUIDE: Sand Tires for ATV and UTV

Today’s sport ATVs and UTVs are capable of getting just about anywhere in the dunes right off the showroom floor. Just getting there is only half the battle; owning the dunes is a whole new experience. The flotation and traction available with some of these sand-specific paddle tires will allow just that. Whether it’s sliding around the biggest bowls on a high-speed trail ride or shooting the hill on a holiday weekend, there is a sand tire out there for your style of riding, and these companies can get you in the perfect paddle.

UTV OFFERINGS

EFX SAND SLINGER
Type: 4-ply
Size:
Front: 27x10x14 smoothie or 29x11x14 ribbed.
Rear: 27x13x14 or 29x14x14
Price: $125– $195 each The Sand Slinger was designed to provide optimal float and lateral turning grip under mid-level pressure. Engineered to reach optimum speed faster and carry momentum through corners and over the dunes
Contact: www.efxtires.com or call (800) 734-4890

DWT DOONZ
Type: 4-ply
Size: Front: 25.5x11x12 @13.9 lb. Rear 25.5x13x12 @15.2 lb. 6-ply rear: 25.5x13x12 @17.2 lb.
Price: $98–$128 The DWT Doonz front features twin turning ridges for awesome steering ability, and the straight-paddle rears are extremely light for climbing performance with zero power loss.
Contact: www.dwtracing.com or call (800) Race-Rim

ITP DUNE STAR
Type: 2-ply
Size: Front: 26x9x12 w/ front cupping ridges @ 13 lb. Rear: 26x11x12 @16.1 lb.
Price: $116–$128 Dune Star’s 26-inch size is aimed at both UTVs and utility ATVs. The front cupped ridges use the machine’s four-wheel drive to cup additional sand to gain maximum traction.
Contact: www.itptires.com

ITP SAND STAR
Type: 2-ply
Size: Front: 26x9x12 @13 lb. Rear: 26x11x12 @15.7 lb.
Price: $115–$116 Extremely light but durable carcass with dual-rib front design and eight 30mm main paddles with eight “mini scoops” on the rear. Designed for quicker hook-up and acceleration.
Contact: www.itptires.com

STU RAZOR BACK
Type: 4-ply
Size: Front: 28x10x14
Price: $185 Fullerton Sand Sports recommends the 28-inch STU Razorback fronts for use on the XP1000, Maverick and Wildcat.
Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com

SKAT TRAK EXTREME
Type: 2-ply
Size: Rear: 26×12.5×12/14 or 30x11x14 for the 1000s
Price: $185–$324 The nine-paddle Extremes feature large, 5/8-inch, straight paddles for extreme traction. The 26-inch size is perfect for the 900 and is still preferred by some for the 1000s.
Contact: www.skat-trak.com

SKAT TRAK GLIDER
Type: 2-ply
Size: Rear: 26×12.5×14 or 30x11x14 for the 1000s
Price: $227–$311 The 12-paddle Glider features staggered 3/8-inch-tall mini paddles for just the right amount of traction.
Contact: www.skat-trak.com

STI VORTEX V-ROLL
Type: 4-ply
Size: Front: 27x11x14 @ 19.4 lb. Rear: 27x14x14 @ 21.6 lb.
Price: $159–$195 The 11-inch-wide front features a rib for excellent steering response, and the rear features eight 20mm-tall molded paddles.
Contact: www.stitireandwheel.com

STU BLASTER Cut By Fullerton Sand Sports
Type: 4-ply
Size: Rear: 28-14 #1 or #2 paddle
Price: $323, plus additional cost for competition cut The STU Blaster starts its life with alternating big and little paddles. Fullerton Sand Sports removes all of either the large paddles or the small paddles per your preference/application. The shorter #1 paddle is for less horsepower. The #2 larger paddle is for higher-horsepower vehicles, usually with turbos. The standard Play Cut has the unneeded paddles removed. They can custom-cut the casing, removing an additional 5–7 pounds for high-performance application use.
Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com or call (714)484-5996

KENDA SAND GECKO
Type: 2-ply
Size: Rear: 18x9x8, 21x11x8, 21x11x9, 21x11x10, 22x11x10 Kenda’s premier sand tire, the Gecko, features a unique eight-paddle design.
Price: $66–$101
Contact: www.kendatire.com

GBC SAND SHARK II
Type: 2-ply
Size: Rears: 20×11-8, 20×11-9, 20×11-10 Lightweight V-angled paddles have a great combination of straight-line traction and turning stability with eight paddles that are 1 inch tall.
Price: $64.48–$68.84
Contact: www.gbcmotorsports.com

DWT DOONZ
Type: 4-ply
Size: Fronts: 21.5x8x10 @ 9.5 lb. Rear: 21x11x10 @14.6 lb. Extremely light V-paddle tires offer great steering and none of the power loss associated with heavier paddle tires.
Price: $60–$80
Contact: www.dwtracing.com or call (800) Race-Rim

DWT DOONZ BEACH REAR
Type: 4-ply
Size: Rear: 22x10x10 Built for high-horsepower sport quads, this is the tire that wins European beach races, including Le Touquet.
Price: $80
Contact: www.dwtracing.com or call (800) Race-Rim

ITP SAND STAR
Type: 2-ply
Size: Front: 19x6x10 @ 7 lb., 21x7x10 @ 8 lb., 22x8x10 @ 9 lb., 22x8x12 @ 12 lb. Rear: 18×9.5×8 @ 9 lb., 20x11x8 @13 lb., 20x11x9 @ 12.5 lb., 20x11x10 @12.5 lb., 22x11x10 @15 lb., 22x10x10 @ 15 lb., 22x11x12 @ 14 lb. Extremely light but durable carcass with dual-rib front design and eight 30mm main paddles with eight “mini scoops” on the rear. Designed for quicker hook-up and acceleration.
Price: $68–$128
Contact: www.itptires.com

MAXXIS RAZR BLADE
Type: 4-ply
Size: Front: 19x6x10, 21x7x10, 22x8x12. Rear: 20x11x8, 20x11x9, 20x11x10, 22x11x12 Special directional eight-paddle design for stability and superior hook-up. Front tire features dual-rib design for precise steering and maximum flotation.
Price: $89–$144
Contact: www.maxxis.com

SKAT TRAK SMOOTH BUFF
Type: 2-ply
Size: 21x7x10 The Smooth Buff is buffed smooth from bead to bead to be the lightest possible front sand tire you can get.
Price: $101
Contact: www.skat-trak.com

SKAT TRAK MOHAWK
Type: 2-ply
Size: 21x7x10 Skat Trak leaves a center ridge of knobbies on the Mohawk for precision steering, and can also buff the outsides completely to the core for extreme weight savings. Price: $88–$101
Contact: www.skat-trak.com

SKAT TRAK EXTREME
Type: 2-ply
Size: Rear: 21x12x8, 21x10x8, 22x11x8, 24x11x10, 25x12x9 (5–20 paddles) Skat Trak’s most popular, highperformance rear paddle tire.
Price: $106–$200
Contact: www.skat-trak.com