BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Review

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Review

Hello and welcome to my BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire review.

In a way, you can compare the new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire those Energizer bunny commercials. It’s been designed to keep going, and going, and going… through any and all types of terrain you want to throw its way.

There’s little argument that the previous BFG TA KO is a quality all-terrain tire that is among the better models in its class. But this new version has taken an already good tire and turned it into something even better.

From adding more strength to the sidewalls, increasing the traction in mud, snow and other terrain, to extending its tread life, the KO2 is branded as being “the toughest all-terrain tire ever”, and after driving on it you may find it hard to disagree with that statement.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 review

On Road Traction

Whether you need a tire for pulling heavy loads or one that will simply get you home in any type of weather conditions, the KO2 is built to handle it with ease. Traction on dry road surfaces is excellent, and wet grip is equally as impressive. Brake performance is higher in our opinion than what you will find on other tires like the Goodyear DuraTrac.

Winter traction is known to be a problem for several all-terrain tires, but BFGoodrich has made sure this isn’t the case with the KO2. Added 3-D sipes provide the necessary bite to easily go through snow, slush and ice. You don’t get the mountain/snowflake symbol that designates the tire meets industry severe snow service requirements without delivering exceptional traction, something the earlier KO did not have.

Off Road Traction

As good as the performance is on road, it’s a beast when you take it off-road. It sports increased sidewall strength, puncture resistance, durability and traction over the previous KO.

BFGoodrich uses their unique CoreGard technology that was developed for their Baja T/A KR2 in the sidewall that adds 20% more strength to the KO2. For most all-terrain tires, sidewall splitting is the biggest cause of tire failure, which was an area that BFG wanted to focus on. We’ve found the improvements to be a big plus. The tread is thicker and the shoulders extend down the sidewall, which allows it to take on everything from jagged rocks and other debris to the roughest job sites without the worry of failure.

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The shoulder of the tire is another area where the company spent time focusing on in order to enhance off-road traction. You’ll notice it includes a serrated shoulder and side-biter lugs that the previous KO does not have. The result is that the tire grabs hold of dirt, mud, rocks, snow and other terrain and delivers the type of traction you want in a tire. It’s a very noticeable and welcomed improvement. Other new features include an interlocking tread design that helps the tire wear more evenly, and stone ejectors that push rocks out of the tread.

When it comes to gravel roads, the T/A KO2 provides even tougher performance as well. BFG has doubled the tread life on gravel roads over the earlier KO, something that farmers and anyone else living in rural areas will appreciate. While gravel can often tear up weaker all-terrain tires by chipping and tearing the tread, you can expect the KO2 to hold up much better.

A 3-ply polyester casing with TriGard construction gives exceptional bruise resistance under the tread and in the sidewall and improves handling and maneuverability in wet conditions.

For traction in the snow and mud, the engineers created a serrated shoulder design for better grip. Moreover, sidewall rubber blocks add to the traction while 3D active siping technology provides biting edges.

That extended shoulder also goes a long way towards better traction in snow and mud by acting like sidewall paddles. These all come together to give the KO2 a three-peak mountain snowflake logo, meaning the tire exceeds the Rubber Manufacturer Association Snow Traction requirements.

Cornering / Steering

One thing we quickly noticed with the KO2 is the confidence inspiring road manners. The steering feels light and responsive for a tough tire such as this one, and it tracks very well. Cornering grip is similar to what you find with highway all-season tires, making highway driving much easier over longer distances.

Ride Comfort / Road Noise

We were expecting to find the ride a little rougher due in part to the tread pattern and tougher compound, but this just isn’t the case. It rides comfortably compared to other brands and the road noise was minimal. For those who will be spending the vast majority on their time driving on-road, expect to find a pretty quiet and comfortable ride.

Tread Life

This is another strength for the KO2. The tire’s footprint and blended tread compound come together to extend treadlife by 15% on asphalt, and double the life on gravel roads over the previous KO. Not only do you get higher overall performance from the tire, but you also get the added value of a longer lasting tread design.

Overall, the BFGoodrich KO2 delivers everything you want from an all-terrain tire; toughness, solid all-around performance, good on-road manners and a longer lasting treadlife.


  • Outstanding off-road performance
  • Tough tread design
  • Tread life
  • Cons:

    • Need additional sizes

    Thanks for reading and I hope you found this BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire review helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

    Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Tire Review

    Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Tire Review

    • Dry 80%
    • Wet 80%
    • Snow 80%
    • Comfort 80%
    • Noise 75%
    • Treadwear 65%
    • Overall 77%
    There was a bit of confusion when I was creating this Kenda Klever A/T review. First off, the Klever A/T is not offered in the official US website. The only Kenda Klever tires that are available for light trucks are the Klever S/T, Klever H/P, Klever M/T, and the Klever H/T2.

    Based on the features of the Kenda Klever A/T, I found out the Klever A/P is the nearest basis for comparison among the Klever family of tires. Both the Klever A/T and Klever A/P are hybrid tires designed for all-terrain use. However, the Klever A/P is a bit less rugged and subdued compared to the Klever A/T. Since I found it difficult to find a test vehicle fitted with the Klever A/P, this review will be focused on the Kenda Klever A/T all-terrain tire.

    The Kenda Klever A/T is an all-terrain performance tire designed for light pickup trucks and rugged sport-utility vehicles. But unlike other all-terrain tires, the Klever A/T is also designed to be a bit more refined on the highway. Where other A/T tires are raucous and stiff on paved roads, the Klever A/T begs to differ since Kenda knows that you won’t be perpetually driving your SUV on challenging off-road terrain.

    This all sounds great, right? Wait until you hear the price. You can expect to pay approximately $120 to $130 for each tire if you choose the Kenda Klever A/T. That’s more than half of what you would normally pay for a more expensive all-terrain tire. For all intents and purposes, it is easy to assume the Kenda Klever A/T as the bargain of the century in the all-terrain category, but what’s the catch?

    Those were the things running in my mind as I prepared for this Kenda Klever A/T review. I was fortunate enough to acquire a 2011 Honda Pilot Touring SUV. The Pilot is fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Kenda Klever A/T tires. From the looks alone, my test vehicle was transformed from a refined family cruiser to a capable off-road machine courtesy of the rugged design of the Klever A/T tires.

    Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Review: Features

    The Kenda Klever A/T KR28 is built for toughness and subdued refinement. It is equipped with a chunky symmetrical tread design with deep sipes to improve traction, grip, and cornering on all types of roads, whether dry, wet, or snowy. The tire is also equipped with four wide circumferential grooves and a staggered tread design to avoid hydroplaning, aquaplaning, or a general loss of grip on slippery or muddy surfaces.

    The tire is constructed using dual steel belts to promote a quiet ride and longer wear. The sidewall is constructed with a 3-ply design to enhance the toughness of the tire. This feature is also designed to resist punctures and cuts as you crawl over unforgiving terrain. The tire also benefits from a protective rubber covering on the outside layer to improve air retention and prevent significant losses in tire pressure.

    Kenda Klever A/T KR28 Review: Test Drive

    My test vehicle is equipped with a 3.5-liter SOHC V6 gasoline motor with Honda’s proprietary cylinder deactivation system. With 250 horsepower and 253 pounds foot of torque on tap, I was looking forward to bit of minor off-roading with tons of highway driving in between.

    Dry Traction

    I have nothing bad to say about the capabilities of the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 on dry conditions.

    The tires simply felt relentless as I sped on the highway and made a sharp left towards a rough patch of trail covered with grass and loose gravel.

    The feeling of security was obvious as the tires made me feel the Pilot can forge over any type of terrain, barring deep mud and waist-level river crossings.

    The tires also felt great on paved roads. Acceleration, braking, and handling was top notch.

    Mind you, the tires are not built and designed for performance driving at high speeds, but they are more than capable for the task.

    Wet Traction

    I never felt the tires skipped a beat as I sped on a wet patch of highway. Although braking distances were significantly longer on wet roads, the tires felt they can handle more than just a slight drizzle.

    I was able to test the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 on muddy roads with loose dirt and sand and the results were terrific.

    Again, the tires gave me a feeling of security which dramatically increased my driving confidence when it comes to driving on varying road terrain.

    Snow Traction

    The Kenda Klever A/T KR28 tires also felt marvelous on snowy roads. The tires can handle up to 3 or 4 inches of deep snow without missing a beat.

    Of course, you will need to apply light throttle pressure and judicious steering to navigate over deep snow. But again, the tires made me feel safe and secure as I was driving over a blanket of snow-covered roads.


    Since the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 is a cross between a mud tire and a touring tire, I was expecting the tires to be a bit more comfortable on the highway.

    And you know what, I was right! I’m not saying the tires are more comfortable than a proper set of touring tires, but the tires felt smooth and comfortable despite the rugged tread design.


    Surprisingly enough, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 tires had low levels of noise and roar on smooth pavement, even at higher than average speeds. The tires were not whisper quiet, but they weren’t aggravating either. Road noise is relative to your speed. The faster you go, the louder the tire roar.


    I knew that Kenda had to make some sacrifices to come up with a highly competent hybrid all-terrain tire. The tires fitted to my test vehicle were approximately 7 months old and have traveled a course of 4,000 or so miles since then. There were traces of wear on all four tires and some of the sipes were shallower than they used to be.


    In a surprising turn of events, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 performed flawlessly in the entire duration of my test drive and review. If your SUV needs a refined set of affordable all-terrain tires, the Kenda Klever A/T KR28 should be on top of your list.

    Kenda K270 Review

    Kenda K270 Review

    I’m not a big motorcycle enthusiast. There, I said it. What I really meant is I do have a particular fascination for two-wheeled (and yes, three-wheeled as well) machines, but I’m not privy to the make and model of the bike.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. I do prefer Suzuki motorcycles over Kawasaki bikes simply because I am thrilled with the performance capabilities of the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa. I also owned a Suzuki SS100 scooter during my college days, which was severely abused by my fleet of overzealous drinking buddies during my younger years. But I am more obsessed over the four-wheeled variety than the typical two.

    But my next-door neighbor is a different type of fella. Oh, he absolutely loves to talk about cars, but his baby will always be his trusty 2009 Kawasaki KLR650-A. The bike was actually a hand-me-down from his uncle who passed away in 2011. He used the bike for 4 years and held it in storage for a solid 2 years before his passion for riding was revitalized.

    One fine Thursday morning, he asked me if I can help him clean, inspect, and restore his bike. My wrench monkey personality suddenly went into full swing. There’s nothing I love more than bringing an old machine back to life!

    The first thing we noticed once we pulled the bike away from the garage were the bald tires. My friend wanted a durable yet affordable set of OEM dual-sport tires. He read about Kenda tires and asked me about the brand. I told him that Kenda is one of the best manufacturers of tires for motorcycles and utility vehicles. We went online and found a nice set of Kenda K270 Dual Sport tires at less than $75 per pop.

    As we waited for the tires to arrive, we worked on the bike and checked the motor, brakes, suspension, clutch, and fuel tank. The Kenda K270 tires arrived 2 days later, which were the only missing parts of the puzzle. We had the tires installed, fired up the motor, and took a short test drive.

    After a few minor adjustments, the bike was back in good shape. We agreed to go for a short road trip the following week so we can determine the performance capabilities of the Kenda K270 tires.

    In this review, we took the Kenda K270 tires to the test to determine if they are a solid choice for an affordable and capable set of dual sport motorcycle tires.

    Kenda K270 Review: Features

    The Kenda K270 is a dual sport tire designed for highway and mild off-road applications. You can call it a hybrid tire that can handle a large heaping of dirt trails while remaining civilized enough to use on the highway. The Kenda K270 is equipped with DOT-approved knobbies that are designed for a 50/50 split between dirt and street use.
    The front tires have a four-ply construction and can fit on 21-inch wheels that are 2.75-inch to 3.25-inches wide. The rear tires are constructed with four or six plies depending on the size you choose. The width of the tires are available from 3.5 to 5.1-inches in 17 to 18-inch wheel diameters.

    Kenda K270 Review: Test Drive

    The Kenda K270 tires are equipped with an aggressive and chunky tread design. Based on the looks alone, it is hard to imagine the tires to roll silently and smoothly on paved roads. Luckily for me, we had an entire weekend to find out how the tires performed on a variety of road surfaces.

    Dry Traction

    The Kenda K270 tires were relentless on paved roads as long as you maintain the correct tire pressure. We found out the tires will need to be pumped full of air in order to perform and grip admirably on smooth tarmac. If you try to speed on the highway with slightly underinflated tires, the Kenda K270 tires had a tendency to slip and slide at the slightest provocation of sand or dirt on dry and smooth roads. We released a quarter of the tire pressure as we traversed over sandy and loose gravel. The tires never skipped a beat.

    Wet Traction

    Traction and grip in the wet was commendable as long as you don’t push the tires to the limit. I have to admit that street-biased tires are better on both wet and dry pavement, but the Kenda K270 tires were able to maintain a good contact patch on smooth and wet tarmac. The Kenda K270 dual sport tires are rated to 94mph, but I didn’t have the balls to push past 60mph on a wet section of the highway.

    Snow Traction

    We talked to the tire dealer about the snow performance of the Kenda K270. They told us the tires are great for light snow applications, but that’s about it. You might have some problems if you are forcing your way over deeper patches of snow since the grooves on the tires are not deep and chunky enough to handle anything more than 2-inches of snow.


    I wasn’t expecting loads of comfort from the Kenda K270 but they’re honestly not bad at all. The bike felt stable and surprisingly taut over coarse tarmac.


    The Kenda K270 was a bit noisy on smooth roads especially at higher speeds. I wasn’t looking forward to a silent ride since the chunky tread design is not designed to enhance the refinement of the tire. For all intents and purposes, this is a 50/50 tire for dirt and street use, and it certainly felt that way the moment I hopped aboard the bike.


    After a long weekend of driving and thrashing the bike, the brand new Kenda K270 tires were beginning to show signs of wear. The edges of the tread blocks are beginning to round off after only a few hundred miles of aggressive driving.


    It is hard to beat the Kenda K270 in terms of brilliant on-road/off-road performance and price. If you want an affordable and quality set of dual sport tires for your motorcycle, you should definitely take a closer look at the Kenda K270.

    Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review

    Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review

    • Dry 95%
    • Wet 95%
    • Snow 90%
    • Comfort 95%
    • Noise 90%
    • Treadwear 80%
    • Overall 93%

    The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is just one of the many types in the Geolandar family. Yokohama has designed and engineered an immense variety of truck and SUV tires to cope up with the ever changing road conditions. In this review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015, I wanted to find out if the hybrid between a mud tire and highway-terrain tire is something that people should consider given the relatively high price.

    Yes, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is an expensive tire. But when you think about it, the tire is designed to offer superior traction and grip on both wet and dry roads while still remaining capable enough to handle mild off-road terrain, even in severe winter and snow conditions. While the tire may look ultimately rugged upon first glance, Yokohama claims the tire is capable of a smooth and silent ride on paved roads.

    I find that hard to believe since all the A/T tires I’ve tested in the past were chatty and noisy when driven on smooth concrete and tarmac. I mean, if you really want a silent and smooth ride, you can always choose a set of highway-terrain tires, but what if you like the best of both worlds? Is there such a tire than can meet both demands?

    In order to find out, I got myself a 2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 equipped with stock 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. I took it out for a test drive so I can come up with a comprehensive review. The owner was thinking about selling the SUV so he can have room in the garage for a newer pickup truck. He bought the Geolandar A/T G015 during the last quarter of 2017, so the tire has seen a lot of action since then.

    Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review: Features

    Like I said before, I think the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a cross between a mud tire and highway terrain tire. Want proof? Yokohama claims every size of the Geolandar A/T G015 received the Severe Snow designation. When you think about it, there isn’t a lot of A/T tires that can fulfill that claim.

    In order to provide excellent all-season traction, the Geolandar A/T G015 was manufactured using the Enduro compound with Orange Oil for strength and durability. The Orange Oil was also utilized to resist wear and lower the rolling resistance of the tire. There are a plethora of Triple 3D sipes on the face of the tread. The sipes are designed to change their shape to maintain sufficient biting edges even as the treads wear down.

    The Geolandar A/T G015 is equipped with four circumferential grooves to prevent hydroplaning on severely wet road conditions. The EDGETEC grooves between the treads are shaped to create even more biting edges to provide excellent traction on deep snow.

    The tire received a full nylon cover for added protection against cuts and punctures. The built-in sidewall protectors will also protect the tire from sidewall cuts and surface abrasions.

    Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review: Test Drive

    It was not my first time to drive the Toyota Sequoia so I was already familiar with the quirks and nuances of the SUV. I particularly enjoyed the power and torque delivery of the 4.6-liter V8 motor and 6-speed automatic transmission, but I despised the bland and cumbersome steering feel. Let’s see if the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires are any good.

    Dry Traction

    On smooth roads, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires exhibited high levels of traction and grip. I drove over a coarse patch of isolated backroad and the tires never skipped a beat. It felt it can do more than just roll over a couple of sandy soil and loose rocks. The grooves on the tire are deep enough to handle some mud, too. I got back on smooth tarmac and drove my way to the nearest diner. I never felt the tires were lacking in terms of traction in the dry, and that’s a good thing.

    Wet Traction

    It’s the same story when you’re driving in the wet. I actually think the tires were a smidge better in the wet than on smooth and dry roads. It’s as if you can feel the multiple 3D sipes and EDGETEC groves working their magic on slippery tarmac. I wish I had the chance to test the tires on a wet off-road trail, but I think the results will be the same.

    Snow Traction

    The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 gave me the confidence to maintain my composure on icy and snow-covered roads. The tires were in their natural element as I sloshed my way on roads covered with slush and 3 or 4-inches of snow. There were times that I felt the steering became loose over thick icy roads, but the tires will regroup themselves quick enough so you can maintain control.


    The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires were surprisingly comfortable on the highway. The stiff carcass of the tires were not enough to upset the ride quality of my test vehicle, but I did feel the ride was a bit taut compared to a proper set of highway-terrain tires. Comfort is not the strongest suit of the Geolandar A/T G015, but I’m glad to know the tires were not as harsh as other A/T tires.


    In terms of road noise, it’s a mixed bag. The tires were not as talkative on city roads as they were on the highway. Tire roar is more evident as you add speed, but it’s not as annoying as other A/T tires. But if you’re the type of driver who gets annoyed easily by tire roar, the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is not for you.


    The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires are made to last. In fact, it comes with an impressive 60,000-mile warranty. The tires fitted to my test vehicle have traveled at least 2,000 or so miles but they still look new.


    The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a brilliant choice for an all-season and all-terrain tire. It may demand a higher price tag over lesser known brands, but it is hard to find a tire that can deliver the same level of performance as the Geolandar A/T G015.

    Primewell Valera AT Review

    Primewell Valera AT Review

    • Dry 85%
    • Wet 80%
    • Snow 85%
    • Comfort 80%
    • Noise 75%
    • Treadwear 75%
    • Overall 80%
    All-terrain tires are generally regarded as expensive. But not the Primewell Valera AT. The Valera AT is an all-terrain and all-season tire designed for rugged 4x4 vehicles and SUVs. This is the type of tire that will give your vehicle go-anywhere capabilities. If you want to upgrade the looks and off-road prowess of your truck or SUV, the Primewell Valera AT is a good choice.

    First, let’s talk about the price. You can buy a set of 5 Primewell Valera AT tires (one for the spare tire) while still paying less money if you would buy 4 pieces of all-terrain tires from other known brands. That’s how cheap the tires are.

    Next, let’s talk about the looks or tread design. The large longitudinal and shoulder blocks are primed for action. The tires are practically screaming for action! It is only fitting that I got myself a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser fitted with a 2.5-inch lift kit, aftermarket 18-inch wheels, and Primewell Valera AT tires.

    But is this tire all about the looks? Does it look good to cover up some minor imperfections on the side? These are the questions in my mind as I prepared for this review of the Primewell Valera AT tires.

    Primewell Valera AT review: Features

    The Primewell Valera AT is engineered with five longitudinal blocks that are designed to deliver maximum traction on any type of road surface, including deep or moderate snow. The tire is also equipped with a unique shoulder block design that works like a shovel as you move forward. This design is responsible for the traction and grip when driving over mud or icy slush.

    Take a closer look that the grooves of the tires. You will notice that the grooves have a 3D chamfered design that enables the tire to eject stones and debris on the tread. This feature will ensure that the tires maintain traction while also improving the durability of the rubber.

    You know the Primewell Valera AT is cheap, and you already know it is fitted with an aggressive and good-looking tread design. But how does it behave on the road?

    Primewell Valera AT review: Test Drive

    I’m not a big fan of the FJ Cruiser. But then again, I’m not a fan of off-road driving either. I simply find the FJ Cruiser to be too pretentious for its own good. My colleagues are quick to point out the FJ Cruiser is a capable off-road machine despite behaving like a boat on normal roads. But if I were to go off-roading, I would probably take with me a Jeep Wrangler or a Toyota Land Cruiser.

    In the flesh, the FJ Cruiser looks more aggressive, especially in off-road configuration. The lift kit definitely gave the truck some character while the chunky wheels and off-road tires added a rugged appeal to my test car.

    Dry Traction

    So far, so good. The Primewell Valera AT tires had exceptional amounts of dry traction. I drove on the highway and the tires were surprisingly refined, but more on this later. I also drove on a moderately challenging off-road trail, and the tires never skipped a bit, even on loose gravel peppered with sand and loose dirt.

    Wet Traction

    The Primewell Valera AT offered huge dollops of grip on wet roads. I never felt the SUV loose traction even as I pushed hard on the gas pedal on a wet highway. The tires simply gave me a feeling of confidence even if my test car had a tendency to wallow and float at moderately higher speeds. I also tested the tires on wet mud and my truck simply drove over the thick slush like it was never there.

    Snow Traction

    The Primewell Valera AT tires felt exceptionally good as I tested the tires in the snow. Icy roads and slush were no match for the capabilities of the Valera AT. I went as far as testing the tires in deep snow (which was around 3 inches) and the tires never skipped a beat. By this time, I was loving the FJ Cruiser more and the tires were proving that they are worth more than the price.


    The FJ Cruiser is not the most comfortable SUV I have ever driven, especially with the aggressive lift kit installed. However, I have nothing bad to say about the ride comfort as the SUV felt pretty decent on all types of road conditions. The owner of the FJ Cruiser told me the Primewell Valera AT was a big upgrade in overall ride comfort over his old set of all-terrain tires. This has something to do with the large and solid tread blocks that act like shock absorbers as the tire rolls on the road.


    The same holds true for the road noise. The owner of the FJ Cruiser said the tires are also quieter and more refined than his old set of rubber. This is high praise for an all-terrain tire since these types of tires are not known for their comfort and ride silence. But if you push it on the highway, you will notice a bit more tire roar, which is what I expected given the aggressive nature of the tires.


    The treadwear characteristics of the Primewell Valera AT is on the average side of the spectrum. The tires on my FJ Cruiser were approximately 6 months old and have traveled an average of 8,000 miles. I noticed signs of wear on all four tires, but I think this is par for the course. Primewell tires are notorious for less-than-favorable treadwear, but I am happy to report the Valera AT tires on my test vehicle were holding up pretty well.


    It’s great to know you don’t need to fork over a huge amount of cash for a quality set of all-terrain tires. You should check out the Primewell Valera AT if you want a cheap, dependable, refined, and great looking set of all-terrain rubber.