In the past, most off-road tires were almost unusable on the road and perhaps more importantly, very expensive to buy. Today, thanks to companies like Atturo, we have much cheaper options. Of course, cheaper doesn’t always translate to better value – some tires are even dangerous due to low traction and grip. Luckily, the Atturo Trail Blade MT is not one of those tires.
Designed to offer high levels of traction in most off-road conditions and reliable performance on the road at lower price point than its main competitors, the Atturo is one of the best tires you can buy for your truck or SUV. At that price, it is hard to find something that beats this tire.
The Trail Blade MT is the most hardcore off-road-focused tire in Atturo’s lineup. Its name implies that it is designed to be used mostly in mud, but the aggressive tread pattern can help on other surfaces such as gravel, sand, and rocky terrain. Like most mud-terrain competitors, the Trail Blade MT isn’t the best option for highway driving, but if you accept its limitations, I think that it can be used for longer journeys.
The Atturo Trail Blade MT seems like a great fit for off-road-focused SUVs and trucks such as Ford F-150, Ranger and Bronco, Hummer H3, Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Tacoma, Tundra and FJ Cruiser, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover, etc. That said, while the Atturo Trail Blade XT can help vehicles with RWD configuration in harsh off-road conditions, I think that AWD or 4X4 models are a much better fit.
What are the features of the Atturo Trail Blade MT?
The most interesting feature of the Trail Blade MT seems to be the crafted aluminum segmented mold the tire is built from which, according to Atturo, makes for a more uniform construction. Then, the Trail Blade MT is also equipped with extra deep tread for better traction in the wilderness, beveled center tread blocks for biting edge grip and less noise on the highway, and staggered shoulder blocks for lateral grip on soft surfaces. The unstoppable biting tread and menacing-style tread pattern are also here to help with traction in the most demanding conditions.
Like most Atturo tires, the Trail Blade MT has an aggressive sidewall designed from Jared West of Quartermaster Knives, a manufacturer of folding knives that are very popular within the off-road community. This sidewall additionally helps the tire in deep mud for outstanding traction. The sidewall is also 3-ply on LT-sized models, which means that you can freely attack rocky surfaces without worrying about damaging the tire. On top of that, the tire has debris ejection handled by the arched and segmented stone-throwers. The Trail Blade MT is also equipped with wide track draining for better resistance to hydroplaning on the road.
The Atturo Trail Blade MT is available in multiple sizes, ranging from 16-22 inches. This comprehensive portfolio should cover almost every SUV or truck produced in the last two decades, which is excellent.
What are maintenance indicators?
The Atturo Trail Blade MT is sadly not equipped with maintenance indicators. However, if the Trail Blade MT becomes unserviceable in the result of an eligible adjustable condition during the first 2/32″ of tread wear, the manufacturer will happily replace it for you with another tire. Also, Atturo gives three-year manufacturer defect warranty, which is not unheard of in this sector, but still positive for such a budget-oriented tire. That said, there is no treadwear warranty, which is something that premium competitors offer. If you care about warranties, maybe the Trail Blade XT (45,000-mile treadwear warranty), or Trail Blade AT (50,000-mile treadwear warranty) might be a better choice for you.
Is it good for off-road driving?
That is the reason why you want to buy it in the first place, isn’t it? Seriously, if you want a cheap set of off-road tires, the Atturo Trail Blade MT might be the best option on the market. I was consistently surprised with how much grip the Atturo has in mud, beating almost all similarly priced rivals. Accelerating and braking in the mud are smooth and reliable, and side-to-side action is almost non-existent. Thanks to the stiff casing, the Trail Blade MT is also stable when your car is on a steep angle, and controllable at higher speeds.
Despite the fact that the main focus of Atturo was mud-terrain traction, the Blade MT is also outstanding in the sand. Sure, you might get slightly better performance from specialized sand tires, but remember, this is a tire that is at a fraction of the cost of those tires. The Atturo is also very good on gravel and loose rock surfaces, which is another great plus. That said, I would’ve liked better rock-crawling traction – the BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain seems like a better solution in those circumstances.
Overall, though, the Atturo Trail Blade MT is one of the best off-road tires you can install on your truck or SUV right now, especially given the lower price point than its main competitors.
How does it behave on the dry tarmac?
Some mud-terrain tires are really compromised when it comes to street performance, but not the Trail Blade MT. Thanks to the advanced tread compound from crafted aluminum segmented mold, highway stability is better than similarly priced competitors and almost on the level of premium tires. Traction is also pretty good for a tire in this price range, as is braking performance.
That said, you might experience higher treadwear if you use the Trail Blade MT mostly on the highway. For drivers that use their SUVs and trucks in these conditions mostly, all-terrain or multi-terrain tires might be a better option (they also come with treadwear warranties).
How is it over wet and slippery roads?
Not great, not terrible. As is the case with driving on dry pavement, highway tires and all-terrain tires will do a much better job in the rain. That is especially true on damp surfaces, but also in heavy rain. That said, most mud-terrain tires are also limited in this regard, and the Atturo is one of the best. Thanks to the wide track draining, the Trail Blade MT is pretty good at limiting hydroplaning, which means that driving in the rain will be completely safe.
With that being said, how is it in snowy roads?
The aggressive tread pattern seems like it will chew into snow easily, but things aren’t that simple here. The Atturo Trail Blade MT is designed to work in most weather conditions – it’s all-season rated, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have limitations in colder weather. At temperatures under 30° F (0° C), the rubber becomes pretty hard, which limits traction on packed snow.
In other words, the Trail Blade MT can really give you excellent traction in deep snow, as long as it is not packed. On packed snow, the hard rubber quickly loses traction, which can be a pretty big limitation for driving on the road. That said, most highway all-season tires also have this problem – it is not only related to mud-terrain tires. Suffice to say, if you live in areas where it snows frequently during the winter, you’ll need a set of good winter tires to help you beat the snow.
Is it comfortable and refined?
No, and you shouldn’t expect it to be. Like most mud-terrain tires, the Atturo Trail Master MT is noisy on the highway, despite the fact that the manufacturer tried to beat the noise with beveled center tread blocks.
When compared to other mud-terrain tires, the Atturo isn’t the noisiest, but it’s also not the quietest of the bunch. On top of that, depending on how much the tire is inflated, the ride quality can range from smooth to only bearable. On the positive side, the Atturo can be easily balanced, which is not something you can say for their other products (Trail Blade XT comes to mind).
Still, these limitations aren’t exclusive only to the Atturo, and honestly, you can’t have outstanding off-road traction and smooth and quiet ride in one set of tires. That’s especially true if the tire is as cheap as the Trail Blade MT.
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Should I buy the Atturo Trail Blade MT?
If you want a set of tires that will give you maximum traction on most off-road surfaces, I can’t think of a reason not to buy the Trail Blade MT. It offers outstanding traction and durability in the wild, and it comes at a lower price point than its premium competitors. If you can live with the slightly worse rock-crawling performance, this Atturo tire will not disappoint you!
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