Are Kevlar Tires Worth the Extra Money?

Are Kevlar Tires Worth the Extra Money?

Do you love tackling the off-road terrain? If you own a sport utility vehicle or truck, odds are you probably enjoy tearing up the trails from time to time. However, nothing puts a damper on your day off the pavement like a sharp rock, piece of litter, or unexpected hazard putting a puncture in your tire, leaving you stuck changing it out or limping your way back to pavement so you can call a tow truck.

To combat this problem, tire manufacturer Goodyear has developed a brand new technology which they’ve placed into their Wrangler line of tires—a layer of Kevlar. Kevlar is a super-strong material that is used to construct bulletproof vests: it’s lightweight, durable, flexible, and most importantly, extremely difficult to break through. Does that mean your tires are bulletproof? No, but it does mean they’re substantially stronger.

But how do they stack up? We’ll find out on this blog.

Durability

Goodyear’s Kevlar-lined Wrangler tires have been around since 2013, and the company claims that putting a layer of the ultra-strong synthetic fiber in their tires has made them lighter, stronger, and more durable than ever before resulting in a sparkling 60,000 mile tread life warranty. That’s a pretty appealing selling point for off-road enthusiasts, who are used to paying a substantial amount of money for a set of tires.

However, does the Kevlar actually make the tires more durable? Well, yes, it does. Off-road enthusiasts will enjoy being able to have that added degree of confidence and peace of mind of knowing that their tire likely won’t go out at the first sign of a sharp rock or unseen hazard that could be found in the sand and dirt off the paved road. However, the two layers of Kevlar in these tires only protects the tread area of the tire. The sidewall is protected by Goodyear’s Durawall™ technology, but these are still substantially more prone to puncture, and as any off-roader knows it’s not always what goes under your tires that makes them go flat.

Performance

The Wrangler tires were developed to be a true all-season tire made for the driver who wants to be able to head off the paved road but still enjoy strong and safe performance on tarmac. The tread pattern was specifically designed to encourage better grip, particularly in wet and even snowy conditions, and the ridges along the edge of the tread are specifically engineered to help clear mud, water, and even snow slush away from the tire treads for outstanding traction in nearly any conditions.

However, as a purely off-roading tire, they don’t quite stack up. Goodyear says the tires are perfectly designed for someone who wants to do 80 percent of their driving on regular paved roads and another 20% on dirt and off-road terrain. That’s great for any off-road enthusiast who also daily-drives their off-road car. However, for those who are looking specifically for the best off-road performance, these tires may not be enough.

Price

And that brings us to the big question that most drivers have: how much do these tires run? As you might imagine, lining a tire with even a thin layer of a specialty material is going to require an entirely-new manufacturing process and added costs. And that’s certainly reflected in the price of these tires. Wrangler All-Season tires start as low as $170 per tire for some of the smallest models, and can run as high as $386 per tire for the largest size available. The average truck or SUV owner on stock wheels can expect to pay anywhere from $180 to $250 per tire, which can pretty easily bring the cost of a new set of tires up well over the $1,000 mark. That’s a pretty sticker to stomach for some vehicle owners.

However, for those who want to avoid having to pay out a ton of money when a sharp rock rips a hole in their tire, the Kevlar-lined Goodyear Wrangler tires might just be worth the investment.

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