THE BEST UTV SAND TIRES

— Buyer’s Guide to the top 25 tires for the sand —

In any terrain, the proper tire setup makes a huge difference, and sand dunes are no exception. UTV-sized paddle options were limited a few short years ago, but this market has expanded tremendously to the point of having to limit this guide down to our favorite 20. Here are the top sand-tire choices for today’s high-performance UTVs—and there are even 32-inch tires for turbos!

AMS SAND KING

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Front: 30×11-14. Rear: 30×14-14

Features: The rear Sand King has 14 1-inch-tall paddles, and the front is a three-rib non-directional tread with segmented outer ribs for increased side bite.

Price(s): $149.95–$198.95

Worth knowing: These are built for the big-boy 1000cc UTVs with a light-weight design for the ultimate performance.

Contact: www.amstires.com

CST SANDBLAST

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Front: 28×10-14, 30×11-14. New: 32×10-15, 32×10-17. Rear: 28×12-14, 30×14-14. New: 32×12-15, 32×12-17

Features: The fronts feature dual-staggered knobs to maximize steering response and control, while the rear blades provide extreme power and versatility in the dunes.

Price(s): $180–$222

Worth knowing: The lightweight Sandblast provides maximum flotation and is sized for anything from a 900 to a big-horsepower Maverick X3 Turbo or even the new Wildcat XX.

Contact: www.csttires.com

DWT DOONZ

Ply rating: 4-ply/6ply

Sizes: Front: 25.5x11x12 (13.9 lb.). Rear 25.5x13x12 (15.2 lb.). 6-ply rear: 25.5x13x12 (17.2 lb.)

Features: Extremely light, straight paddle tires with specially engineered rubber compounds. Minimal weight allows for super-fast dune climbs without power loss.

Price(s): $98–$128

Worth knowing: The 6-ply HD provides superior puncture protection while only adding 2 pounds a tire. The Doonz is currently only available in a 25.5-inch-tall model for a 12-inch wheel, perfect for a Commander or RZR XP.

Contact: www.dwtracing.com or call (800) Race-Rim

EFX SAND SLINGER

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Front: 27×9-14 Smoothie or 29×11-14 Ribbed. Rear: 27×13-14 or 29×14-14

Features: Extra-wide tires with bias-ply construction and 22–25mm straight paddles on the rears and three 10mm ribs from the center to the outside of the fronts.

Price(s): $125–$195 each

Worth knowing: The Sand Slingers are relatively light tires despite the extreme width. They have been designed for optimal flotation and balanced grip.

Contact: www.efxtires.com or call (800) 734-4890

GMZ SAND STRIPPER STAGGER & HP

Ply rating: 6-ply

Sizes: Rear: 28×15-14

Features: The Stagger has 14 3/4-inch-tall partial paddles for 900cc UTVs, while the HP has 14 1.125-inch full-width paddles for high-horsepowered 1000s and turbos. Radial construction with great flotation, traction and turning ability.

Price(s): $133.95–$169.95

Worth knowing: The HP model weighs in at 24.7 pounds and the Stagger weighs 23 pounds. The three-rib front is designed to improve steering in the softest sand.

Contact: www.gmzraceproducts.com

GMZ SAND STRIPPER XL-14 & XL-HP

Ply rating: 4-ply/6-ply

Sizes: Rear: 30×15-14, 30×15-15

Features: They feature 7/8-inch paddles with a heavy-duty carcass designed to run 7–10-inch-wide, 14-inch wheel options.

Price(s): $229.95–$238.95

Worth knowing: Sand Stripper XL tires are actually 31 inches tall with 10 7/8-inch full-length paddles on the XL-14 and 16 7/8-inch-tall paddles on the six-ply HP.

Contact: www.gmzraceproducts.com

GMZ SAND STRIPPER FRONT SS-TT & XL-TT

Ply rating: 6-ply

Sizes: Front: 28×12-14, 30×15-14

Features: The front Sand tire has two ribs and inner half-paddles for turning traction.

Price(s): $200.95–$229.95

Worth knowing: The TT stands for “traction tire,” and the inside lateral ribs generate forward traction as well as better braking and quicker stops.

Contact: www.gmzraceproducts.com

ITP DUNE STAR

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Front: 26×9-12 w/ front cupping ridges (13 lb.). Rear” 26×11-12 (16.1 lb.)

Features: The aggressive rears are designed as dual-depth paddles for abundant straight-line traction. They feature a lightweight, super-flexible carcass for exceptional flotation and a comfortable ride.

Price(s): $116–$128

Worth knowing: The 26-inch size is perfect for smaller UTVs as well as larger 4×4 ATV applications.

Contact: www.itptires.com

ITP SAND STAR

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Front: 26×9-12. Rear:
26×11-12

Features: The front uses a dual-rib design for unmatched steering control, while the rear uses 30mm main paddles and eight mini scoops for traction and acceleration.

Price(s): $115–$116

Worth knowing: These tires are very light at 14.2 pounds for the front and 17.1 pounds for the 26×11-12 rears.

Contact: www.itptires.com

PRO ARMOR DUNE

Ply rating: 8-ply

Sizes: Front: 28×9-14. Rear:
28×11-14

Features: Three-rib front directional tire for steering precision and 12-paddle rear for UTVs up to 900cc.

Price(s): $129.99–$149.99

Worth knowing: One of the only eight-ply UTV paddle tires in existence. These are tough tires.

Contact: www.proarmor.com

PRO ARMOR SAND

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Front: 30×11-14. Rear:
30×14-14

Features: The three-rib fronts add turning precision, while the 16-paddle (12.8mm-tall) rears provide forward bite for 1000s and turbos.

Price(s): $149.99–$179.99

Worth knowing: These carry an impressive load rating of over 1200 pounds up front and 1100 pounds for the rears.

Contact: www.proarmor.com or www.polaris.com

QUADBOSS QBT346 SAND

Ply rating: 6-ply

Sizes: Front: 28×10-14, 30×11-14. Rear: 28×13-14, 30×14-14

Features: Front QBT346s sport a center solid rib and two outer rows of knobs with spiderweb traction lugs extending to the sidewalls. Rear 28-inch QBT346s sport 13 7/8-inch-tall paddles, while 30-inch 346s have 14 paddles. Rears also have spiderweb traction enhancers.

Price(s): $115.95–$175.95

Worth knowing: The staggered paddle design creates traction and helps with cornering capabilities. These are also tough tires and perfect for root-infested sand in Oregon and Arizona.

Contact: www.quadboss.com

SEDONA DUNATIK

Ply rating: 2-ply fronts, 4-ply rears

Sizes: Front: 28×12-14, 29×12-14. Rear: 28×13-14, 29×14-14

Features: Three-rib fronts have a load rating of 885–910 pounds, while rears have 14 1-inch-tall full-length
paddles for high-performance UTVs.

Price(s): $139.95–$198.95

Worth knowing: These ultra-lightweight sand tires are available from the WPS catalog and just about every dirt bike shop in the country.

Contact: www.sedonatires.com

SKAT-TRAK EXTREME

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Rear: 26×12.5×12/14 or  30x11x14 for the 1000s

Features: Based on Skat-Trak’s most popular paddle tire, the Hauler, the Extreme features an 1/8-inch-thicker paddle base for a more sure-footed grip with larger, heavier and higher-horsepowered machines.

Price(s): $185–$324

Worth knowing: Some of the
trickiest, best-performing rear paddle tires on the market, the Extremes
feature 7/8-inch by 11-inch-wide paddles and can be custom-ordered with any quantity of paddles to properly match your machine.

Contact: www.skat-trak.com

SKAT-TRAK GLIDER

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Rear: 26×12.5×14 or 30x11x14 for 1000s

Features: The Glider features a 5/8-inch-tall paddle for a little more wheelspin on lower-horsepowered machines.

Price(s): $227–$311

Worth knowing: This tire can be custom ordered in many sizes and paddle-count configurations.

Contact: www.skat-trak.com

SKAT-TRAK RUFF BUFF

Ply rating: 2-ply

Sizes: Front: 26×12.5-14, 30×10-14, 30×11-14

Features: The Ruff Buff leaves a surface similar to a rough, 80-grit sandpaper. This provides additional front-tire bite for 4WD UTV applications.

Price(s): $138–$223

Worth knowing: The Skat-Trak Ruff Buff tires are lightweight smoothies that offer great flotation.

Contact: www.skat-trak.com

STI SAND DRIFTER

Ply rating: 6-ply (28-inch), 4-ply (30-inch)

Sizes: Front: 28×10-14 (19 lb.), 30×11-14 (23 lb.). Rear: 28×13-14 (26 lb.), 30×13-14 (29 lb.)

Features: A high-flotation tri-rib front, and the rear features 14 1-inch-tall paddles for maximum power transfer and forward acceleration.

Price(s): $129-$189

Worth knowing: Reinforced lower sidewalls minimize tire roll and allow for low-psi operation and maximum flotation.

Contact: www.stipowersports.com

STU RAZOR BLASTER

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Front: 28×14

Features: A biased rudder design that can be run forwards or backwards for more or less positive
steering control.

Price(s): $189

Worth knowing: The biased rudder design was adapted from boating and airplane steering theory.

Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com

STU TRIBUTE & BLACKBIRD

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Front: 31×10-15. Rear:
30×14-15

Features: A razorback tire designed to be used with 4WD UTV applications. The Tribute features multiple offset ridges to increase side bite and mini paddles for better acceleration. The 31×15 Blackbird rear is designed to be the ultimate tire for the RZR XP Turbo or Maverick X3.

Price(s): $234.95–$419.00

Worth knowing: The mini paddles come in both directions, making it non-directional; however, removing one side or the other is recommended for maximum performance.

Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com

STU BLASTER COMP Cut By Fullerton Sand Sports

Ply rating: 4-ply

Sizes: Rear: 28-14 #1 or #2 paddle

Features: These tires are completely tuned to your vehicle and riding style/preferences.

Price(s): $323, plus additional cost for competition cut

Worth knowing: While probably the best-performing tire on the market, the Comp Cut is less puncture-resistant and should avoid areas with rocks, sticks or debris.

Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com or call (714) 484-5996

 

 

 

SYSTEM 3 DS340 DUNE SPORT

Ply Rating: 4 Ply
Sizes: Front: 29×11-14 Rear: 29×13-14
Features: System 3 DS340 rears feature 14 22mm paddles for excellent traction, maximum power transfer and acceleration. The front tire’s dual rib design provides sure cornering with minimum drag.
Prices start at: $159.99 (front) $205.99 (rear)
You should know: The DS340’s size and weight is perfect for turbo and non turbo sport UTVs.

Contact: www.system3offroad.com

 

Sand Sports SXS

Exclusive rubber compound is designed to reduce “paddle shock” on the clutches, axles and drive belts. Engineered to securely fit safety beads and beadlocks of most buggy, UTV and SXS wheels. Optimized paddle and cross section designed for the ultimate in sand performance. Rear sizes start at $340 and include 30/13-14, 30/13-15 and 32/13-15.

Front tires start at $235 (30/11-14, 30/11-15, 32/11-15) and feature reversible bi-directional tread pattern that allows you the choice of climbing “pull” or front end stability for high speed carving.

 

Contact: www.fullertonsandsports.com

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