Falken Wildpeak M/T Tire Review

Falken Wildpeak M/T Tire Review

  • Dry 80%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 75%
  • Off-road 100%
  • Comfort 75%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 82%

You can call it blind luck or whatever you want, but I was simply at the right place at the right time. I’m talking about my test car for this Falken Wildpeak M/T review. The owner of a pristine 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara was filling up at the local gas pump. I was also there during that time, and I happened to be thinking about friends or colleagues who can hook me up with a rugged 4x4 machine.

Since the Falken Wildpeak M/T is a tire designed to handle all sorts of extreme terrain, I needed a vehicle that is tough enough for the task at hand. The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was the perfect answer to my prayers!

The Falken Wildpeak M/T was developed alongside the excellent Wildpeak AT3W. Both tires were tested by professional off-roaders during the prototype stage. The father and son team of Tony and Jordan Pellegrino (who happen to be one of the biggest names in off-road) are a part of the Falken family. They tested the Wildpeak M/T tire over punishing road conditions and off-road events including the King of the Hammers race which brutally combines desert racing with rock crawling.

However, the Wildpeak M/T is not your typical mud terrain tire. Falken boldly claims the tire is civilized enough to be used as a daily driver. You don’t need to participate in off-road events to equip your vehicle with the Falken Wildpeak M/T in the same manner that you don’t need to join a marathon to wear running shoes. My Jeep Wrangler test vehicle is one such example.

The owner of the Wrangler is a simple chap who simply prefers the rugged looks of a mud-terrain tire on an equally rugged 4x4 vehicle. Yes, the Jeep was equipped with a 1.5-inch lift kit and an LED light bar on the roof but that’s about it. This is a Jeep that drives on normal roads and open highways, and it so happens to be equipped with the Falken Wildpeak M/T tires.

Falken Wildpeak M/T review: Features

Since the sidewall is the most vulnerable part of any tires, Falken made sure the Wildpeak M/T can resist punctures and deep scratches caused by sharp stones and other debris. The Falken Wildpeak M/T is constructed using Falken’s proprietary Duraspec Three-Ply Sidewall with an additional two high ply turn-ups to provide an added layer of protection.
This tire is equipped with large and rigid tread blocks with step-down supports on the center blocks. The design is meant to improve the rigidity on the contact patch for stable handling and better stability on all types of road surfaces. This feature also prevents sharp debris from embedding themselves on the treads. With an optimized tread pattern that has three variable pitches, this tire can also roll quietly when on normal roads.

The Falken Wildpeak M/T is engineered with offset shoulder blocks and an aggressive upper sidewall. This design will allow the tire to perform optimally even in low tire pressures so you can forge ahead on soft sand without losing traction.

Falken Wildpeak M/T review: Test Drive

I got chance to test the Falken Wildpeak M/T on a variety of wet and dry surfaces including a bit of time on snow and moderately rough off-road terrain.

Dry Traction

The Falken Wildpeak M/T performed admirably on dry pavement. I didn’t feel the tires lose traction as I drove over hard concrete covered with inches of dry sand. The steering was still fairly responsive as I drove on tight city streets, and the tires felt above average on the highway.

Wet Traction

The tires were also admirable on slippery road surfaces. There was a bit of rain as I headed to the nearest makeshift off-road trail and the tires never broke traction even as I drove aggressively over thewet tarmac. Water puddles were reduced to nothing as the Wildpeak M/T tires simply rolled over them like it was nothing. The off-road trail was a bit damp when I arrived but this proved not to be any problems with the Wildpeak M/T.

Snow Traction

The Falken Wildpeak M/T can easily handle inches upon inches of snow. I did feel the tires slip a bit as I tried to climb a slippery slope peppered with snow and shards of ice, but I was able to reach the top with no further drama. The trick, of course, was to tread slowly and to minimize steering inputs as you step on the gas. No matter the case, the tires felt good on snow.

Comfort

The ride comfort was average at best, but it wasn’t entirely harsh either. The Falken Wildpeak M/T was well-mannered on the highway and it allowed me to calm my nerves after a whole afternoon of off-roading. I consider comfort to be an important trait of a mud-terrain tire since your vehicle won’t be traversing over loose rocks and soil all of the time, right? The tire will need to be comfortable enough to be used on normal roads. In this regard, the Falken Wildpeak M/T gets the thumbs up.

Noise

You would expect to be drowned in tire roar since the Falken Wildpeak M/T has a chunky tread design, but the opposite holds true. Even I was surprised how quiet the tires rolled on smooth tarmac. It’s not as silent as a touring tire that’s for sure, but I never thought an off-road tire can perform as quietly on normal roads as the Falken Wildpeak M/T.

Treadwear

The Falken Wildpeak M/T tires fitted to my Wrangler were purchased about five months ago but the treads still looked new with very minimal signs of wear. This is high praise since my test car has accumulated at least 4,500 miles after installing the tires.

Conclusion

I had a lot of fun testing the Falken Wildpeak M/T on a proper off-road spec SUV. This review made me realize that mud-terrain tires are not only good for the off-road since the Wildpeak M/T performed splendidly on thetarmac as well.

Falken Wildpeak H/T Review

Falken Wildpeak H/T Review

  • Dry 85%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 84%

The Falken Wildpeak H/T is designed for light pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and sporty crossovers. In this test drive and review, I was able to acquire a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser equipped with 17-inch aftermarket wheels and Falken Wildpeak H/T tires.

The owner of the Fj Cruiser decided to update the look of his SUV from a dedicated off-road machine to a swift highway cruiser. This was the reason for him to use the highway-terrain tires. I am familiar with the characteristics of the FJ Cruiser so I am excited to find out if the tires were enough to tone down the rugged manners of this SUV.

My test car used to be fitted with all-terrain tires that, in my mind, seemed better suited to the go-anywhere capabilities of the FJ Cruiser. The owner decided to buy a set of Falken Wildpeak H/T tires after her daughter went to college across two neighboring states. Since the SUV will now be cruising on seemingly endless amounts of open roads, I think the owner made a wise choice in changing his tires.

While I’m not a big fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, I know this SUV has the handling characteristics of a boat, although it feels more settled when exposed to the rudiments of extreme off-roading. Let’s see if the FJ Cruiser can really transform itself into a proper highway cruiser by simply changing from all-terrain to highway-terrain tires.

Falken Wildpeak H/T review: Features

The Falken Wildpeak H/T is designed for all-season performance. It has a non-directional symmetric tread design with a five-rib tread pattern. There are four large straight grooves designed to efficiently disperse water to prevent hydroplaning. The tire is also equipped with a continuous solid center rib to deliver enhanced stability and braking performance on wet and dry pavement.

This tire is equipped with a variable-pitch shoulder design for better handling and cornering while reducing tire roar at high speeds. There is a barrage of multi-wave lateral sipes on the tread that enhances traction on wet or snowy roads.

The Falken Wildpeak H/T was constructed utilizing an all-season M+S rated tread compound and wider steel belts to enhance the strength and durability of the tire. It comes with a 60,000-mile limited tread wear warranty and is available in 15” to 20” diameters.

The best part? You can order these tires with outlined white sidewall letters!

Falken Wildpeak H/T review: Test Drive

I got in and drove off before the rains began to pour. I figured it will be the perfect opportunity to test the wet capabilities of the Falken Wildpeak HT.

Dry Traction

As luck would have it, it was raining for the better part of the review. However, I got the chance to travel on a mildly damp highway as I drove home to return the car.

I was thoroughly impressed with the traction and grip on dry roads considering the roads were still a bit moist from the rains.

I would have wanted to extend the test drive so I can speed up on the dry and hot pavement, but the owner of my test car only gave me the entire day to complete my review.

Wet Traction

I had the whole day to test the Falken Wildtrack H/T on wet roads. The tires were calm and composed as I breached the speed limit. The tires felt relentless as I drove over water puddles near the sides of the highway. The steering still felt responsive but there was simply too much body roll that I had to wash off excess speed before approaching the next set of wide corners in the wet.

Overall, I was impressed with the damp and wet capabilities of the Wildtrack H/T tires. I didn’t feel the tires lose grip even as I stepped hard on the gas pedal to coax a bit of wheel spin.

Snow Traction

It would be unwise to assume that the Falken Wildtrack H/T will perform better in the snow than a set of all-terrain tires.

In this regard, I will give the tires an average score, but they can handle up to 6-inches of snow before traction became an issue.

If you live in a cold climate with inches upon inches of snow-covered roads you are better off with a set of chunkier all-terrain tires.

Comfort

The floaty suspension of the FJ Cruiser gave it good amounts of ride comfort on the highway, but the Falken Wildpeak H/T tires were able to take the comfort levels up a notch. True to the merits of a proper highway tire, I felt comfortable whether I was cruising on the wet freeway or navigating over rough patches of back roads.

Noise

If an all-terrain tire like the Falken Wildpeak AT3W can cruise silently on various surfaces, what more if the tire is designed for the highway? I am proud to say the Falken Wildpeak H/T was silent all throughout my short journey.

Tire roar was virtually nonexistent at slow to average speeds and there were only minor tidbits of noise at higher speeds. The FJ Cruiser did feel like a certified ‘cruiser’ since it can now conquer the highways without bothering the driver and occupants with unnecessary road noise.

Treadwear

The Falken Wildpeak H/T tires on my test car were still new at less than three months old. There were no signs of accelerated wear on the treads given the weight of the FJ Cruiser.

I talked to the guys at the tire store and they told me the wear characteristics of the Falken Wildpeak H/T was slightly better than those offered by Michelin or Bridgestone.

Conclusion

The Falken Wildpeak H/T tires on my FJ Cruiser were a revelation. I wasn’t expecting much in terms of comfort and road noise, but the tires stayed true to form.

Perhaps the biggest consideration for choosing the Falken Wildpeak H/T over other brands is the low base price, but this would seem unfair since the tire is worth more than the actual numerical value.

Falken Wildpeak AT3W Tire Review

Falken Wildpeak AT3W Tire Review

  • Dry 95%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 85%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 85%
  • Overall 91%

In this test drive and review of the Falken Wildpeak AT3W, I got the chance to test drive a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited AWD with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor paired with a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission.

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W has a solid following in the off-road community. Many will say that this is an excellent all-terrain tire that can handle deep snow, while others say the tire turns civilized when you are driving on the open road.

Falken was the first to say that the Wildpeak AT3W was designed to outshine its rivals in three main aspects: winter performance, wear, and wet capabilities. It is also important to note that the Falken Wildpeak AT3W is recognized by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association and is worthy of the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake or 3PMSF symbol for extreme snow performance. If you happen to be searching for an all-terrain tire that excels in the snow, you have come to the right place.

All-terrain tires from previous generations were stellar in the off-road, but they were harsh and crude on the highway. Falken utilized all the tricks in the book to produce an all-terrain and all-season tire that will behave smoothly on civilized roads. The result of this is the go-anywhere Wildpeak AT3W.

Falken Wildpeak AT3W Review: Features

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is engineered with an outer apex sidewall with heat diffuser technology. This will protect the inner casing of the tire against excess heat so the tire maintains a decent level of traction and grip in extreme driving environments.

This tire is also equipped with an aggressive upper sidewall found just below the offset shoulder blocks. This design will protect the tire from cuts, scratches, and punctures when traversing over rocky terrain. It will also provide more traction at low tire pressures as it will serve to extend the biting surface of the tire on soft sand or off-camber surfaces.

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is also touted to have the deepest treads in the all-terrain category. Deeper treads will improve the wear characteristics of the tire while providing deeper channels to quickly channel water or snow away from the tread surface. The reinforced tread blocks are equipped with support ramps and step-down features to prevent stones and other debris from being trapped inside the grooves.

Finally, this all-terrain tire is constructed using a silica-enriched polymer compound that provides impressive tread life and better performance in the wet.

Falken Wildpeak AT3W Review: Test Drive

This is not my first time to drive the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, but it is my first time to test the vehicle in the wilderness. I also got the chance to test the Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires in the snow.

Dry Traction

Traction and grip were evident whether you’re on the beaten path or cruising quietly on the highway. The steering of the Cherokee felt a bit more precise and there seems to be more bite as I crept slowly to safely navigate over themildly rough terrain.

I only felt the tires spin to hunt for traction as the rear wheels plunged deep in themuddy soil as I tried to avoid a large rock formation in front of the Cherokee, but the tires soon regained their composure and got back on track with a slight prod of the throttle pedal.

Wet Traction

By the time I was on my way home from the test drive, the highway was drenched with water puddles. This was not a problem for the Falken Wildpeak AT3W.

The tires simply glided over wet concrete and I never felt them break traction as I splashed over a deep puddle at highway speeds. The steering remained dead straight even when the tires over slippery wet asphalt.

Overall, I was impressed with the dry and wet performance of the Falken Wilkdpeak AT3W.

Snow Traction

The real test of a chunky all-terrain tire is to take it over moderately deep snow. Falken made it clear that the Willdpeak AT3W is designed to excel and outlast the competition in the snow.

In this regard, I am proud to report that the tires felt magnificent on snowy or icy pavement. I never felt the tires lose control of the surface as I drove other inches of snow. Credit also goes to the Cherokee since the AWD system performed flawlessly when I needed it most.

Comfort

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W was one of the most comfortable all-terrain tires I have tried so far. You will be surprised at the comfort and refinement of the Jeep Cherokee when paired with this tire.

Of course, highway terrain tires might deliver more in terms of overall comfort but it will seriously affect the go-anywhere capabilities of your truck or SUV.

The softer tread compound paid off in this regard as the tires remained comfy even when the vehicle was crawling over rugged terrain.

Noise

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W also gets a high score in terms of refinement. The tires were pleasantly silent as I cruised the Jeep on the highway, and they remained muffled as I aggressively drove over therough and uneven terrain.

The owner of the Jeep Cherokee even said the Falken tires were quieter than his old Bridgestone all-terrain tires on all types of road surfaces. This is high praise for a tire that costs less than the aforementioned brand.

Treadwear

I also bring good news in terms of tread wear. The Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires on my Cherokee had minimal signs of wear even after 6,000 miles of mixed off-road and on-road driving. This is atestament to the engineering and design of the tires in providing maximum all-season traction with the wear characteristics of a touring tire. This also gives the tires terrific value since you are basically paying less money for a set of Falken Wildpeak AT3W tires.

Conclusion

Falken stayed true to the promise of an all-terrain tire that performs incredibly well on wet and snow-covered roads while having the long tread life of a touring tire.

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W should be at the top of your shopping list if you want new tires for your rugged truck or SUV.