Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3 Review
- Dry 85% 85%
- Wet 75% 75%
- Snow 60% 60%
- Comfort 70% 70%
- Noise 70% 70%
- Treadwear 75% 75%
- Overall 75% 75%
As the name implies, an all-season tire is designed to work in, well, all seasons. These are models who can outlast everything Mother Nature can throw at them. It doesn’t matter to them whether your vehicle is knee-deep in mud or figuratively flying at dry tarmac; all-season tires can handle (almost) anything.
There is, however, one problem with tires that are designed to work 365-days a year: they don’t come cheap. So mind-boggling are the numbers on their price tags that only a small (and very wealthy) minority can afford them.
It’s why the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3 has become so famous. Despite being an all-season tire, its budget price means most drivers can afford it. Throw into the mix its standard lifetime warranty, and it gets easier to see why this tire seems an attractive option on the shelf.
Read on to find out our review of the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3.
Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3 Review: Test Drive
Ever since its release in March 2017, the Tiger Paw AWP3 has seen a complete rollout of 72 sizes. That decision was taken mainly because Uniroyal decided that it would stop the production of its predecessor, the Tiger Paw, once the AWP3 hit the shelves. Such confidence in its newest model means only one thing: Uniroyal has extreme confidence in the performance of the AWP3.
Taking the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3 out for a test drive was a time-consuming exercise. That’s because before reviewing its performance, we had to make sure that we tested this tire in all terrains. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what we did. Unluckily for the AWP3, however, the test drive revealed that this tire struggles on some counts.
Treadwear and Durability
Two features play an important part as far as the treadwear and durability of the Uniroyal AWP3 are concerned, the first of which is its Tru-Last technology. By enabling the tire to manage the stress between its own foot-print, it helps the AWP3 achieve even and long treadwear.
Secondly, you have its deep-groves dotting the diameter of the tire. Their presence ensures that even on off-road terrains – ones where you expect the vehicle to have a bumpy ride, the tire always maintains deep contact with the road.
On one end, such a fine grip means that this tire won’t slip on slippery roads. On the other, it helps make it durable, as a tire which can balance its weight against internally is bound to have a long-shelf-life. Perhaps that’s why Uniroyal offered market-high warranties of 70,000 miles on some sizes of this tire.
Since you’re looking for an all-season tire, most manufacturers expect that a large portion of your driving is going to be on dry tarmac. Hence the reason why when it comes to handling on clear ground, this tire performs exceptionally well, with its Tru-Last technology enabling it to provide better grip.
Furthermore, even when cornering, you don’t experience any slipping. That’s partly because of the solid shoulder tread block design of this model, as it empowers the external blocks to stay rigid under pressure, thereby improving the tire’s performance when most of its weight is on one side.
Similar is the case with its braking, which is excellent on dry tarmac. Thanks to its bigger-than-average footprint, the AWP3 maintains contact with the road at all times. This contact, in turn, gives the tire the friction which is necessary for dependable braking power that this model has.
Every all-season tire has one or two components that determine how well (or worse) it will perform on wet roads. For the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3, it’s the tire’s full-depth channels that play this role, and they do it to (almost) perfection.
Even when you’re riding through deep puddles, these channels will make sure the tire maintains contact with the road at all times. Hydroplaning, which removes the friction between the road and the tire, is nowhere to be found either.
Snow & Ice
Since this tire is a bit on the soft side, it has that flexibility which you need to drive through mild winter conditions. Its extra-wide center channels, meanwhile, enable the AWP3 to physically grip the ground and maintain traction in snowy areas where other tires would struggle.
However, that doesn’t mean that it’s an all-out snow tire. That’s mainly because the small indents which you see in tires dedicated for snow – ones where you can insert studs to help the tire get more traction – are nowhere to be found here.
Noise and Comfort
Talk about features that act as a double-edged sword, and the deep grooves of this tire deserve a special mention. On one end, they help the tire tackle challenging conditions. On the other, they increase the noise it will produce on roads which aren’t well-paved.
As for your comfort, you should know that since it is made of soft, compressible rubber – one which is divided into many blocks to increase the footprint of the tire – the AWP3 is meant to be used in vehicles that have above-average load capacities. In plain English, that means that your ride won’t be ultra-comfortable.
Our review of the Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP3 reveals that it isn’t the most comfortable and quietest tire in the world. Only those riders who want something that could bear the brunt of challenging terrains, and still come out unscathed from the whole exercise, might appreciate the offerings of this tire.
- Tremendous dry performance
- Huge stability and handling in all conditions
- Grips brilliantly on wet and slippery roads
- Available in 72 sizes
- Not a tire which we’d recommend for snowy conditions