General Grabber AT2 Review & Rating

by General

  • Dry 90% 90%
  • Wet 85% 85%
  • Off-road 95% 95%
  • Snow 85% 85%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Noise 80% 80%
  • Treadwear 85% 85%
  • Overall 86% 86%

Most people believe that when it comes to performance, all-terrain tires fare far better off-the-road than they do on it. Most people, as it turns out, haven’t used such tires in their lives and only believe in the hearsay.

If you think we’re being too critical here, then you must check out our review of the General Grabber AT2. A budget option which has impressed a large number of drivers with its performance, this tire offers you the best of both worlds.

While its aggressive tread design makes it a must-have for off-road conditions, the presence of internal steel belts empowers this tire to make your road rides as smooth as possible. Juxtapose both these factors, and what you have is a tire whose unique selling point is its year-round utility.

General Grabber AT2 Review: Features

Exclusive General Technologies

While technology and tires aren’t words that are mostly used in the same sentence, General chose to change the rules of conversation by providing the Grabber AT2 with three patented technologies. Here’s how each of them contributes to take this tire’s performance to the next level:

  • Comfort Balance Technology: This technology gives way to a cushioned tread which absorbs road vibrations for a smoother ride. It also provides the tire with angled-away grooves which join their forces with their more central colleagues to dissipate sound.
  • DuraGen Technology: For impressive stability on off-road conditions, this technology has resulted in the tread of the AT2 having cuts to deliver superior performances on rough surfaces.
  • StabiliTread Technology: Once you have got a few hundred miles under your belt using this tire, you’d notice that it promotes even wear. The reason behind this wise choice is the StabiliTread technology which uses a robust tread compound to give a longer tread life. 

Double-V tread pattern

All of us can agree to the basic fact that a tire is as good as useless if it doesn’t last a considerable amount of time. Fortunately, the double-v tread pattern of the General Grabber AT2 empowers this tire to last ages with minimal care from your side.

This tread pattern has an interlocking design which acts as a shield to prevent any off-road irritants from getting inside the body of the tire and troubling it from there. It will keep the tire secure as long as you don’t drive in sticky mud – in which case the tread pattern won’t be of much help.

Twin Steel Belts / Reinforced Nylon belt

As common sense tells us, the General Grabber AT2 doesn’t come in one-size-fits-all category. Its sizes range between 25 and 35 inches in overall diameter. And with the change in sizes, you get two different internal structures: one with twin steel belts and other with reinforced nylon.

Regardless of which belt comes your way, both will be mounted on a cord body made of double-layered polyester. Such an arrangement helps provide this tire with improved durability. It also gives it more strength which the tire uses to absorb most bumps and vibrations.  

RMA and RAC certified

As veteran drivers might tell you, these two certifications mean that these tires are guaranteed to hold their own in severe snow conditions. If you want to be sure, look for a three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the tire.

Also, while this tire has enough strength on its own to ride its way through the snow, General tire was still taking no chances. That’s why you get those small indents which you might be able to see in the tire tread, which let you insert studs to get even better traction in ice and snow.

General Grabber AT2 Review: Test Drive

It goes without saying that the features of all-terrain tires are important. What is equally true, however, is that it’s the real-life performance and not some technical stuff written on the brochure which will convince drivers to the utility of their model. That’s why after installing these tires, we took our Jeep to a test drive to see how they fare.

Here’s how they performed:

Treadwear and Durability

At the cost of sounding disrespectful towards the General Grabber AT2, most all-terrain tires are built to last. Their even tread design and sturdy interior construction mean that no matter how much you abuse them, a majority of all-terrain tires would come out of the ordeal smiling.

The General Grabber AT2 does more than that. Thanks to its DuraGen Technology – which helps ensure superior performance on rough surfaces, you would barely notice wear on the tire’s surface during the first 20,000 to 30,000 miles of riding.

If that isn’t enough for you – and you want some solid assurances before investing your money – General provides exactly that. While most models you see on the market have their warranties void at 30,000 to 40,000 miles, the AT2 comes with a warranty which extends to a whopping 60,000 miles.

Dry Performance

Since this is an all-terrain tire, you can’t expect it to rival, say, the General Altimax RT43 for on-road performance. The reason why we’re bound to say that is because its aggressive tread pattern, which makes this tire a must-have for off-road conditions, acts as a double-edged sword on dry tarmac.

On one side, the aggressive tread pattern provides the extra grip on dry roads which results in a reliable and safe driving experience. On the other, however, you have to contend with the squeaking noise which would come when driving this tire on dry tarmac.

Similarly, you might want to be careful when turning corners as the grip of this tire and overall braking performance suffers in such circumstances. Having said all of that, for the off-road performance that it offers, the AT2 performs admirably on dry paved roads.

Wet Performance and Snow & Ice

When we took out the General Grabber AT2 for a ride, we were surprised how well it performed in rainy and wet conditions. Granted, you don’t get the same traction on wet roads as you’ll in off-road conditions. Still, the braking performance and road grip was hugely impressive for an all-terrain tire.

That said, this model reserves its best performance for roads that are inundated with snow and ice. As with all tires which meet the requirements of RAM and RMA in regards to severe snow conditions – and there aren’t a lot of them! – you can use this model confidently under severe weather conditions.

That is, because, the tire tread has small indents dotting its diameter. You can make full use of the indents to insert studs which give better traction in ice and snow. Though you’ve to check with your local road regulations as not all states/provinces allow studded tires as they accelerate road wear.

Off-road performance

As you might have guessed by now, the one area where the General Grabber AT2 stands head-and-shoulders above its competitors is its off-road performance. It contains 5-rows of irregularly shaped blocks that are specifically designed to provide optimal tractions on rough roads.

You can also say the same about the inner steel belts which reinforce the tread patterns. Mounted on nylon, these steel belts absorb bumps and off-road vibrations to protect the tire from premature wear and give the passenger smooth riding experience. 

On top of that, keen-eyed observers might notice that the treads on this tire are deeper than most other off-road wheels. Such an arrangement means that in addition to providing better off-road traction, this tire can grip gravelly and sandy surfaces with remarkable ease.

Noise and Comfort

As long as you decide to ride these tires on off-road surfaces, there won’t be any noises bar the breaking of twigs which your vehicle might move over along its journey. On the dry tarmac, however, there will be some noise. Though you won’t be needing to put on earmuffs.

This is largely because of the engineered acoustic tread pattern of the Grabber AT2. A common fixture which you can find with most off-road General tires, it minimizes the noise such tires would otherwise produce on dry surfaces. 

In addition to the absence of noise, what would make your journey comfortable is the absence of vibrations. With the deep tread pattern taking care of off-road bumps, you can have more-than-decent riding experience.

General Grabber AT2 Review: Conclusion

Our review of the General Grabber AT2 features and the subsequent test drive reveals it as a dependable model for all-terrains. It reserves its best performance for off-road conditions where the deep-tread pattern and the trio of General’s patented technologies really shine. Equally impressive is its performance in snowy conditions where its deep indents allow this tire to plow through with minimum effort.

Pros

  • Performs brilliantly on the road
  • Exceptional performance on snowy roads
  • Durable tread design

Cons

  • Might make a lot of noises on dry tarmac