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The wheel deal

After a season of hard use, how did our Cooper Tires measure up?
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It’s as simple as this: Unless you’re lucky enough to live on or near a trail, you’re going to need to haul your sled to wherever the fun is. And that fun may be hard to get to: over icy roads, snow-covered trails and other traction-related challenges you’re bound to encounter on your way.

■ Test rider approved

So when Cooper Tires gave us the chance to literally road-test not one but two sets of their Discoverer AT3 tires, we jumped at the chance. After all, our crack team of test riders logs tens of thousands of miles per season on highways and byways in pursuit of the best sledding. Who better to put Cooper’s latest traction and tread technology to the test?

Ryan Veltum, regular AmSnow Test Rider—or in this case, Test Driver—found himself with a set of the AT3 4S tires. After logging an impressive 35,000 miles in them—enough to circle the earth, and then some—he came away more than a little impressed.

“These tires flat out perform in all conditions,” he says. “Throughout their life I have towed with them for countless miles heading up to the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin, plowed snow, towed skid loaders, drove down dirt trails, and many other miscellaneous tasks.” Those tasks were made considerably easier thanks to the AT3 4S’s “snow groove technology,” a patented sawtooth design that traps snow in the tread, allowing for better snow-on-snow traction.

But these tires are no slouch in straight-up wet conditions, thanks to “aqua vac channels,” which are grooves built into the tire to diminish the odds of hydroplaning on slick surfaces. “These tires have never let me down and they are a solid choice for anyone looking for an all-terrain tire that can truly do it all,” Veltum says. What’s more, he adds, “the first day I had these installed on my truck, I immediately noticed how much quieter they were in comparison to my previous brand. They made for a nice ride!”
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Former Western Editor—now Editor of AmSnow—Ryan Thompson, has been on social media all season, sharing his adventures with the AT3 XLT tires.

Although part of the same Discoverer line as the AT3 4S tires, XLTs are like the brawnier big brothers; designed for extreme durability, especially when hauling heavy loads, and when operating on rocky, rough terrain. These tires come designed with rugged traction shoulders for maximum grip in muddy and off-road situations, plus a stone ejection design that protects the tires from sharp rocks and helps maintain clean treads for better overall traction.

“Absolutely amazing,” says Thompson. “I may not have put quite as many miles on mine as Ryan V.—only 20,000 or so miles this season—but I have put them through some punishing terrain, on-road and off, in all weather and surface conditions this side of bubbling lava. Not once have they let me down.”

For video of these tires in action, check out the third episode in our new season of the award-winning AmSnowTV.

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