• Tackling Virginia Mud and Rocks with new Firestone Destination M/T2 Tires (Review)

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    Firestone Destination M/T2 Mud Terrain tire

    Firestone unveils its most aggressive off-road tire – the Destination M/T2. The “M” and the “T” stand for either “Maximum Traction” or “Mud Terrain”. Either way, this tire is ready to compete against some of the best in the segment.

    Firestone invited me to an Overland Experts facility near Orange, Virginia to try out the new tires and compare them directly against the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain (TA KM2). Overland Experts is a company that teaches off-road driving military, industry (utilities, forestry, etc), and civilians. This area offers a variety of off-road obstacles: creek crossings, mud holes, washed ravines, hill climbs and descents. It’s a heavily wooded area with lots of tight bends and turns.

    Firestone chose the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as the platform to show off the new M/T2 tire and also compare against the BFG counterpart. The off-road experts set up the off-road routs, and we were off for a day of off-road fun.

    Firestone engineers and designers seemingly considered all aspects and parameters of what an aggressive mud terrain tire should be and how it should perform in a variety of conditions. The M/T2 tires has a stronger three-ply sidewall, additional lugs on the “shoulder” of the tire, it has sipes for improved snow and ice performance, and small rock and mud rejectors that improve the tire’s self cleaning.

    A couple of hours behind the wheel of a brand-new Wrangler on brand-new tires is great fun. The fastest speed I saw on these Virginia trails was around 11 MPH (mostly 5 MPH and below). The Rubicon and M/T3 combination proved unstoppable on the routes provides (nobody had to be winched or towed out). However, this is a first impression. There is simply not enough time to thoroughly evaluate the tire.

    Let’s face reality. Many mud terrain tire consumers may not even take their truck or SUV off-road. This knobby tire will likely be used as a daily driver. In addition to its tough terrain performance -it needs to handle well at highway speeds, not be too noisy on the pavement, and provide sufficient traction in wet, snowy, and icy conditions. Yes, the M/T2 tire is focused on off-road performance, but it will likely see all sort of conditions.

    While I did not get an opportunity to drive on pavement and at higher speeds, the Destination M/T2 tires handled everything that was thrown at it. We did not air down the tires for any of the obstacles, but the M/T2 was soft and tough enough to absorb impacts from large sharp rocks and climb out of deep mud holes.

    Naturally, the tire is not invincible and much of the off-road vehicle performance depends on the driver. While I did notice that the Destination had excellent lateral grip of muddy side slopes (better than the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tire), I still could get the rear of the Jeep to slide sideways with a bit more throttle.

    The Destination M/T2 tire will be available in more sizes, including a 37-inch application. It will available as an LT tire with E load rating. It means that you can equip your full-size half-ton or 3/4 truck with the M/T2.

    The tire goes on sale in July of 2017 and pricing is not yet available.

    We are editing the full video from this debut event. In the meantime, here is a Live recording of the M/T2 tire presentation.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    5 thoughts on “Tackling Virginia Mud and Rocks with new Firestone Destination M/T2 Tires (Review)

    1. Need a lot more time on a larger variety of tires to make a much better review.

      One thing about A/T tires is that most don’t do really well in snow. That’s because they are designed to shed mud and other debris from their treads.

      A good snow tire is designed to hold as much snow in the treads as possible. Snow sticks best to other snow (think snowballs). Tires that can pack and hold the most snow will have the best traction in the snow.

    2. I have some used a/t Firestone going to try. Theses tires here are really not for snow looking at them. To me it seems to be hard find good snow tires in ld e. Coopers I got on pretty good, but after half worn they are not that good. The tire manufacturers spend little to much time in the mud and not in the snow. Just my opinion.

    3. The tire manufacturers already have a lot of data for the tire but it would be good to see more. If not already included I would like to see standards developed that test all tires equally that rates them for traction in various surfaces including mud and give them a decibel rating of how noisy they are at various speeds on pavement and concrete surfaces.

    4. I wonder how they perform in thick mud compared to the Cooper Discoverer STT Pro or new General Grabber X3?

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