General Grabber HTS60 Review
- Dry 90% 90%
- Wet 85% 85%
- Off-road 80% 80%
- Snow 80% 80%
- Comfort 85% 85%
- Noise 85% 85%
- Treadwear 85% 85%
- Overall 84% 84%
Most of us don’t realize it, but tires are as important to the health of our car and the safety of everyone traveling in it, as the vehicle’s engine. If they perform well, you can travel up and down the country without breaking a sweat. If they don’t, the results might be devastating, especially if you have a knack of driving on the edge of the speed limit.
Aware of these facts, we decided to review the General Grabber HTS60. It is a highway tire which comes with a warranty of up to 50,000 miles and can carry all types of SUVs, crossovers, vans, and even lightweight pickups. Throw into the mix its slogan of being an ‘all-weather’ model, and what you have is a tire which claims to meet the requirements of most urban drivers.
Is that claim justified? Check out our detailed review of the General Grabber HTS60 to find out.
General Grabber HTS60 Review: Features
When General introduced launched the Grabber HTS60 on the market, it meant for it to replace the Grabber HTS. Hence the reason why, once you compare it with its predecessor, this model offers up to 25% improved tread life, which means it is more durable.
Patented General Technologies
One thing which is common among all General tires – whether they are designed to handle off-road conditions or are meant to roll effortlessly on dry tarmac – is that they all come loaded with state-of-the-art technologies. Fortunately for its users, the General Grabber HTS60 isn’t any different as it offers three different technologies to take its performance to the next level.
- DuraGen Technology: This technology makes its presence felt in the shape of cuts you can see in the tread. These cuts are there to provide the tire with an excellent cut and chip resistance, thereby empowering the tread to handle on not-so-paved roads.
- Comfort Balance Technology: As the name implies, the Comfort Balance technology is designed to give you a comfortable ride. It does that by offering a cushioned layer on top of the tread to isolate your car from disturbances as the tire moves over road bumps.
- StabiliTread Technology: Once again, the secret behind this technology lies in its name. It is designed to give more stability to the tread by increasing its footprint on the road. Consequently, tread patterns will experience less stress, helping the tire to last long.
Metric and LT Sizes
Go through the specs of these tires, and you’d come to know that it is available in two types of sizes: metric and LT. While the former offers fifty different sizes to compliment wheel diameters ranging between 15 and 22 inches, the LT sizes are for wheels ranging from 15 to 18’’ in diameter. Still, while their sizes overlap, both these sizes aren’t designed to be used in the same scenario.
- Metric Sizes: Do you have no choice but to ride your vehicle in wet and winter conditions? Then you must choose the metric size for the General Grabber HTS60. That’s because these sizes are optimized by General to provide excellent grip in slippery conditions.
- LT Sizes: Tires which are available in LT sizes have an improved tread life and provide better stability when carrying heavy load than their metric-size counterparts. So you can use them in a pickup used for hauling loads from one place to the other.
Three Speed Ratings
Most tires which you see on the road come with at least one and at most two speed ratings. However, by offering three of them in its package, the General Grabber HTS60 makes a commendable effort to set itself apart from the competition.
- S Rating: One of the more modest speed ratings, tires which come with S rating have a maximum speed limit of 112 mph. That’s the speed which the tire can sustain over a long period of time without getting damaged in the process.
- T Rating: Although it isn’t earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination, the 118 mph maximum speed limit is still fast. Especially when you consider that only there are only three speed ratings with a higher speed limit.
- H Rating: Assuming your local laws allow you to practically drive your car at breakneck speeds, you need the Grabber HTS tire with H-rating. As this rating enables the tire to maintain an eye-watering speed of 130 mph.
General Grabber HTS60 Review: Test Drive
As you might have guessed by now, the sublime features which the General Grabber HTS60 comes equipped with aren’t present in name only. They make their presence felt the moment you take your vehicle out of your garage – or wherever you park it – and get moving.
Treadwear and Durability
Three features play an important part as far as the treadwear and durability of the Grabber HTS60 are concerned, the first of which is the StabiliTread technology. By increasing the surface area of the tire which will come into contact with the dry tarmac, it helps the tire grip better, thereby ensuring even wear.
Secondly, you have the all-season tread compound. It empowers the tire to maintain its flexibility at all times of the year, from the scorching heat of the summer to the most demanding of winter extremes. And then you have the DuraGen technology.
As we have already explained what this technology is supposed to do – provide better cut resistance to help the tire grip the road better, it’s important that we discuss how it benefits the tire. With a superior road grip, there will be fewer chances of the tire’s nook or cranny getting damaged.
If there’s one area where the optimized symmetric rib tread pattern of this tire makes its presence count, it has to be when you’re driving the Grabber HTS60 on dry tarmac. The ribbed pattern optimizes the road contact of the tire and provides a unique mixture of maneuvering and controllability.
Furthermore, since it has a continuous center rib that tracks the road surface throughout the ride, the ribbed symmetric design increases the driving stability and steering response. On one end, that means that the steering becomes more precise (and faster) while responding to your commands.
On the other, as the tire’s structure is resting nicely along the road, you can more confidently control the movement of your vehicle. Then there’s the shoulder pattern of this tire whose optimal siping details, by increasing the number of biting edges, takes its cornering capability to a whole new level.
Wet and Snow Performance
First things first, if you’re going to use these tires on wet roads for the majority of the year, make sure you get the metric size. The tread design of the metric size tires are equipped with circumferential grooves which channel water from the tire’s diameter.
Additionally, when driving in wet and winter conditions, these grooves eliminate slush and water from beneath the tire’s footprint. Consequently, your tire is able to avoid hydroplaning – a dangerous scenario which forces the car to skid by using water and slush to remove the vehicle’s contact with the surface.
What’s, while it performs admirably in wet conditions, the same can also be said about the performance of this tire on snow-laded roads. The cut and chip resistance which DuraGen technology empowers this tire with makes its presence felt by improving the tire’s grip in winter conditions.
Noise and Comfort
To kill two birds with two stone, General equipped this tire with its exclusive Comfort Balance technology and an additional shock-absorbent layer. Both of them work in tandem to make the Grabber HTS60 one of the most comfortable (and quiet) tires on the market.
In fact, it won’t be wrong to state that the absorption sheet which exists under the tread patterns is a part of the Comfort Balance technology. As difficult it might be to imagine, the sheet works by segregating your car from the vehicle.
Once it achieves the segregation, there won’t be many road disturbances you’d be able to feel while driving the vehicle. And since it is these road disturbances which generate noise, your ride will become noise-free.
Since this tire provides better cut and chip resistance, you can easily use it for riding on loose dirt, mud or rocky tracks. That’s because the cuts in the tread help this tire provide better grip and traction on these difficult surfaces than your average highway tire which doesn’t come with cuts in its tread.
Having said that, these tires are meant for the highway and as far as you can manage, should be kept on one. They will perform their utility on difficult surfaces every once in a while, but if you need a dedicated all-terrain tire, there are better options on the market.
General Grabber HTS60 Review: Conclusion
The General Grabber HTS60 is an all-season tire which performs as admirably on the dry tarmac as it does in winter conditions. It comes with a shock absorption layer which makes your ride bump- and noise-free and offers cut and chip resistance to provide better grip on demanding roads. Consequently, if your rides involve more highways than gravel-filled tracks, this tire is a must-have.
- Brilliant all-season performance
- Sure and precise steering response
- Almost noise-free
- Some sizes are pricey