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

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