BUYER’S GUIDE: Mud and Snow Tire

Recently, riding in the mud has become more of a calling than a burden. What started as a seasonal terrain option has turned into a full-on culture. Riding and racing through swamps or even man-made mud pits has become more popular than you can imagine. True mudders live for this stuff—the wetter, deeper and slipperier, the better. As ATV/UTV mudding popularity has grown, so has the technology. Obviously, the last connection between the machine and the ground is the tires. Mud tires have evolved with the sport, and here is the latest selection available to anybody with the urge to get dirty!

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1. CST BEHEMOTH
Construction: Radial
Terrain type: The Behemoth is designed with low-rolling resistance to excel in hardpack conditions, and the aggressive tread pattern enhances traction in the mud and provides sidewall protection in rockier terrain.
Ply number: 8-ply rated
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 26×9-14, 27×9-14. Rear:25×10-12, 26×11-12, 26×11-14, 27×11-14
Prices: $179–$224
ATV Action’s take: The Behemoth is CST’s do-it-all sport utility tire, designed to provide confidence-inspiring grip at speed and still impress in the mud and rocks. The Behemoth is perfect for larger 4×4 quads as well as the performance UTV market.
Contact: www.csttires.com

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2. AMS SWAMP FOX PLUS
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: The Swamp Fox Plus is an ultra-aggressive mud and snow tire.
Ply number: 6-ply rated
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 27×9-12, 28×9-12, 26×9-14. Rear: 27×12-12, 28×12-12, 25×10-12, 26×12-12, 27×12-12, 28×12-12, 26×11-14
Prices: $86–$156 each
ATV Action’s take: The Swamp Fox Plus features a super-deep 1.2-inch tread depth with a self-cleaning design to conquer the deepest mud and snow.
Contact: www.amstires.com

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3. DWT MOAPA
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: The Moapa is engineered for a stable ride with plenty of traction in any terrain.
Ply number: 6-ply rated or also available in 12-ply-rated run-flat
Sizes: Front: 25X8-12, 26×9-12, 26×9-14, 28×10-14. Rear: 25×10-12, 26×11-12, 26×11-14, 28×12-14
Prices: $86–$150 each; run-flats, $154–$199
ATV Action’s take: The Moapa’s aggressive, wrapped tread design reinforces and protects the sidewall and provides a wider contact patch for excellent traction in the toughest terrain and conditions. Designed for both fullsize ATVs and UTVs.
Contact: www.dwtracing.com

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4. GBC SPARTACUS
Construction: Radial
Terrain type: Mud and any other really tough terrain
Ply number: 8-ply
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 26×9-14, 27×9-14.Rear: 25×10-12, 26×10-12, 26×12-12, 26×11-14, 27×12-10, 27×11-14
Prices: $126–$191
ATV Action’s take: The Spartacus’ massive footprint and aggressive tread pattern deliver superior traction in the nastiest terrain.
Contact: www.gbcmotorsports.com

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5. STI SILVERBACK X-LITE
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: A mud tire designed with a tread based on the super-successful original Gorilla Silverback. The X-Lite features the same wraparound lugs, only with a much shallower lug height. The lighter-weight X-Lite tire is designed to be easier on the machine and the pocketbook.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 27×9-12, 26×9-14, 27×10-14, 28×10-14, 30×10-14. Rear: 25×10-12, 26×11-12, 27×11-12, 26×11-14, 27×10-14, 28×10-14, 30×10-14
Prices: $87–$142 each
ATV Action’s take: The X-Lite brings the best of both worlds with an unbeatable, proven tread pattern and a lower weight that will work with a stock machine.
Contact: www.stitireandwheel.com

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6. KENDA BEARCLAW EVO
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: All-terrain tire
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 26×9-14, 27×9-12. Rear: 25×10-12, 26×11-12, 26×11-14, 27×11-12
Prices: $83–$136
ATV Action’s take: Kenda’s newest Bearclaw tire features uniquely shaped transition knobs for improved cornering traction and handling.
Contact: www.kendatire.com

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7. STI OUTBACK MAX
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Built for the ultimate mud experience with today’s large-bore UTVs.
Ply number: 8-ply-rated carcass for low-pressure operation
Sizes: 30×10-14, 31×10-15, 32×10-17
Prices: $235–$269
ATV Action’s take: The Outback Max features stepped-lug construction, true sizing, a 1.5-inch center tread depth and 2-inch tread depth at the shoulder.
Contact: www.stitireandwheel.com

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8. HIGH LIFTER OUTLAW 2
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Mud tire
Ply number: 6-ply construction
Sizes: Front: 28×9.5-14, 29.5×9.5-14, 32.5×10-14. Rear: 28×11-14,29.5×11-14, 32.5×10.5-14
Prices: $184–$240 each
ATV Action’s take: The Outlaw 2 features a redesigned tread that wraps all the way to the rim, increasing traction in the ruts. The Outlaw 2’s scooped treads maximize pulling, digging and paddling through deep mud and water, with a 1 5/8-inch tread depth at center and 2 3/8 inches at the shoulder.
Contact: www.highlifter.com

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9. ITP MUD LITE XXL
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Performance mud tire
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 30×10-12, 30×10-14
Rear: 30×12-12, 30×12-14
Prices: $195–$278
ATV Action’s take: The Mud Lite XXL features 1.3-inch-deep lugs, but is surprisingly light when compared to similar tires. Designed for highly modified big-bore 4×4 ATVs.
Contact: www.itptires.com

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10. ITP MAMMOTH MAYHEM
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Extreme mud bogging, loose and deep mud and snow.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: 1 size only—BIG! 32×10-14
Prices: $253 each
ATV Action’s take: The Mammoth Mayhem has massive 2-inch-deep lugs that overlap on center for an incredibly smooth ride and amazing clean-out.
Contact: www.itptires.com

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11. PIT BULL GROWLER XOR
Construction: Radial
Terrain type: Mud, snow, sand, and trail tire for ATV and UTV applications.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25.5×8-12, 25.5×8-14.
Rear: 25.5×10-12, 25.5×10-14
Prices: $161–$185
ATV Action’s take: Designed to replace your ATV’s stock 25-inch tires with a little more height, a lot more bite, and the most technically advanced tread pattern on the market.
Contact: www.pitbulltires.com

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12. MAXXIS SNOW BEAST
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: A fully functional, true snow tire for your ATV or UTV, it also works well in mud.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25×9-12, 27×9-14.
Rear: 25×10-12, 27×11-14
Prices: $205–$244 each
ATV Action’s take: The Snow Beast’s wide lug spacing and large surface-area lugs ensure the best possible grip in snow or ice. Lugs are pre-drilled for ice studs and feature a self-cleaning pattern to keep snow from packing up.
Contact: www.maxxis.com

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13. MAXXIS ZILLA
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Trail-friendly mud, snow and soft-terrain tire
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 24×8-11, 23×8-12, 24×8-12, 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 27×9-12, 28×10-12, 26×9-14, 27×10-14, 28×9-14, 30×9-14. Rear: 22×10-9, 25×11-9, 22×11-10, 25×11-10, 24×10-11, 23×10-12, 25×10-12, 26×11-12, 27×11-12, 28×12-12, 26×11-14, 27×12-14, 28×11-14, 30×11-14
Prices: $100–$200 each
ATV Action’s take: The Zilla is Maxxis’ all-around mud tire. It’s lightweight but has a mud-slinging pattern that is also comfortable on hardpacked trails.
Contact: www.maxxis.com

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14. COLORADO COMPONENTS EFX MOTO MAX
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: All-terrain mud tire that can perform on hardpack as well as in the slop.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 27×10-14. Rear: 27×12-14
Prices:$134 and $147
ATV Action’s take: The MotoMax was designed with 1-inch-deep lugs and a huge contact patch for stable, controlled traction on any surface.
Contact: www.cocomponents.com

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15. GORILLA SILVERBACK
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: The Gorilla Axle Silverback is an all-in mud tire.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 27×10-12, 28×10-12, 30×10-12, 30×9-14, 32×10-14. Rear: 27×12-12, 28×12-12, 30×10-12, 30×11-14, 32×10-14
Prices: $167–$232 each
ATV Action’s take: The Gorilla Silverback claims to be the most aggressive ATV tire on the market. Tread depth starts at 1.5 inches on a 27-inch all the way to a massive 2.5 inches on the 32-inch monster tires. The Silverback’s massive lugs wrap all the way to the bead, providing maximum traction in the ruts.
Contact: www.gorilla-axle.com

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16. KENDA EXECUTIONER
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Mud tire
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×10-12, 27×10-12, 28×9-14. Rear: 25×10-12, 26×12-12, 27×12-12, 28×11-14
Prices: $107–$170
ATV Action’s take: Reinforced knobs reduce rollover at low pressure, improving ride comfort and increasing tread life.
Contact: www.kendatire.com

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17. MAXXIS MUDZILLA
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Extreme condition mud tire
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 26×9-12, 27×9-12, 28×10-12, 28×8-12, 30×9-14. Rear: 25×10-12, 26×12-12, 27×12-12, 28×10-12, 28×12-12, 30×11-14
Prices: $158–$255
ATV Action’s take: The Mudzilla is Maxxis’ ultimate mud tire, with massive tread bars designed for maximum traction in the mud and to flex more in mud-accumulating areas.
Contact: www.maxxis.com

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18. COLORADO COMPONENTS EFX MOTO MONSTER
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: A super-aggressive, mud-specific tire.
Ply number: 6-ply rating
Sizes: One massive 30×10-14 size available
Prices: $210
ATV Action’s take: The Moto Monster is EFX’s true swamp tire, featuring 2-inch lugs with side paddle extensions on the shoulder lug to maintain traction at all times. The side paddles flow into a seamless wheel protector and are self-cleaning.
Contact: www.cocomponents.com

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19. GMZ ARROW
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: Mud, All-terrain
Ply number: 6-ply construction
Sizes: 25×812, 25×1012
Prices: $108, $122
ATV Action’s take: The Arrow is a lightweight, mud-worthy OEM replacement tire for ATVs, RZR 570/800s, most Rangers and Kymco UXVs that’s also light on the pocketbook. They have 3/4-inch lugs with raised edges for more bite.
Contact: www.gmzraceproducts.com

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20. SEDONA MUD REBEL
Construction: Bias-ply
Terrain type: An all-terrain mud and utility tire with aggressive angled lugs for traction.
Ply number: 6-ply construction
Sizes: Front: 25×8-12, 24×8-12, 26×9-12, 27×10-14. Rear: 25×10-12, 25×11-10, 26×10-12, 26×12-12, 27×12- 14, 24×9-11
Prices: $86–$150 each
ATV Action’s take: The Mud Rebel is designed for the aggressive mud or utility ATV or UTV driver. The aggressive tread pattern grips in muddy or dry conditions and features excellent clean-out.
Contact: www.sedonatires.com

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21. SEDONA MUDDER INLAW
Construction: Radial
Terrain type: The Inlaw is Sedona’s all-in aggressive mud tire.
Ply number: 8-ply construction
Sizes: 30×10-14 or 32×12-14
Prices: $230 and $250
ATV Action’s take: Designed for an exceptionally smooth ride, long wear and extreme deep-mud performance. The Inlaw’s lugs are 2 inches deep in the center and 2 1/4 inches at the outside edge. This tread is built to paddle you through mud pits quickly.
Contact: www.sedonatires.com

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