Kanati Trail Hog Vs Goodyear DuraTrac

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Both the Kanati Trail Hog and the Goodyear DuraTrac fall into the all-terrain category, yet they stand out as hybrid tires. This unique blend allows them to deliver outstanding off-road traction without sacrificing too much on-road performance.

From my perspective as an expert, the Kanati Trail Hog A/T edges ahead with its shorter braking distances on dry surfaces, satisfactory winter grip, and slightly longer tread life. Its off-road capabilities shine, offering excellent traction on both rocks and gravel. Conversely, the Goodyear DuraTrac excels in wet conditions, provides a smoother ride over bumps, and matches the winter grip of the Trail Hog. Additionally, it reigns supreme in mud and sand when taken off-road.

Kanati Trail Hog

Kanati, an American tire brand with roots in Indonesia, aims to win over the Western market. They offer tires that strike a balance between affordability and high capability for all terrains. Owned by Greenball, Kanati has carved out its niche in the past four decades, mainly through its all-terrain tires.

Kanati’s Trail Hog tire is built to tackle every environment imaginable. It features an all-terrain tread pattern, deeply siped lugs, and a rugged shoulder design. These elements come together to ensure the tire grips firmly on any surface—be it dry, wet, muddy, gravelly, or snowy.

Among off-road aficionados who spend most of their time exploring beyond the conventional paths, the Kanati Trail Hog is a popular choice. Its performance in snow is particularly noteworthy. However, the question remains: does it have what it takes to outperform industry giants like Goodyear, who have been in the tire-making business much longer than Kanati?

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Since 1898, Goodyear has been one of the most prominent tire makers on the market thanks to huge advancements in tire technology. The Duratrac tire series is mostly known for its versatility which means that it prioritizes everything, dry, wet, snow, mud, gravel, highway, you name it, the Duratrac can do it.

However, many people are having second thoughts about brands like Goodyear because they tend to sell their tires at a higher cost. On the other hand, Goodyear can charge those prices because they indeed do some of the best tires on the market, and hardly anyone will dispute that.

Being in the business for more than 100 years means that the brand, the mission, and the product are worthy of recognition. The Duratrac tire comes with a plethora of Goodyear proprietary tire technologies that aim to fill in the gaps necessary to compete on the highest level of all-terrain tires.

As such, the Duratrac tire is indeed able to deliver in almost every aspect. Nevertheless, with such high prices, one tends to ask himself is it worth it to spend extra, or if a brand like Kanati is able to deliver as much but for a lower cost.

All You Need To Know About Sizes

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac has a variety of sizes, from 15 to 22 inches in rim diameters. Let’s break down the details:

  • Speed rating: You can choose from Q, S, P, and T.
  • Load rating: It goes as high as F, meaning it can handle some serious weight.
  • Weight range: The tires themselves weigh between 35 to 68 lbs, depending on the size.
  • Tread depth: These tires have a deep tread, ranging from 16 to 18/32″, for better grip.
  • Winter ratings: Good news for winter drivers – all sizes are rated with 3PMSF and M+S, making them ready for snowy conditions.
  • Warranty: There’s a 50k-mile tread wear warranty for P metric sizes, offering some peace of mind.
  • Studs: For those looking into the extra grip on ice, 16 installable stud-able lugs are available in LT sizes.

A detailed Review of this tire will dive deeper into how these specs translate on the road.

On the flip side, the Kanati Trail Hog A/T ranges from 16 to 20 inches in rim diameters, with its own set of specs:

  • Speed ratings: It sticks to a Q rating across all sizes.
  • Load ratings: E is the only option here, which still promises decent carrying capacity.
  • Weight range: These are a bit heftier, weighing in at 45 to 75 lbs.
  • Tread depth: All sizes boast a uniform 18/32″ tread depth for solid traction.
  • Winter ratings: Like the Duratrac, these too are ready for the cold, with M+S and 3PMSF ratings.
  • Treadwear warranty: Unlike the Duratrac, there’s no treadwear warranty here, something to consider.
  • Studs: Every size has studable lugs, giving you the option to enhance ice traction.

Both tires offer unique features, suited to different needs and preferences. Whether it’s the versatility and warranty of the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac or the focused approach of the Kanati Trail Hog A/T, it’s about matching the tire to your driving demands.

Outer Construction

When examining tires, two crucial areas to focus on are the center and the sides. Kicking off with the Goodyear DuraTrac, let’s dive into the specifics.

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac boasts embedded biters at the groove’s base, enhancing its design.

In the middle:

The tire’s core sports relatively smaller lugs. These lugs come with complete sipes and saw-toothed edges, built on sturdy foundations for solid on-road stability. They craft interconnected grooves linking to the broader channels, ensuring commendable off-road grip. Moreover, the outer grooves are equipped with biters, boosting off-road performance.

On the shoulders:

Here, the lugs are larger and organized in pairs, with a more aggressive siping pattern. It’s worth noting, especially in LT sizes (not shown here), that the shoulder lugs can be studded for enhanced winter traction. The lugs’ outer edges are staggered, contributing to thick sidewall lugs that are quite noticeable.

Shifting gears to the Kanati Trail Hog, it mirrors the DuraTrac with closed lugs in the center and paired blocks at the edges.

Kanati Trail Hog closely resembles the DuraTrac.

In the middle:

The lugs are smaller, resembling worms, and lock together in a pattern. These lugs, adorned with sipes (not full depth, as indicated in the image), create wider zigzag circumferential rings, akin to the Goodyear DuraTrac.

On the shoulders:

The shoulder lugs closely mimic those of the DuraTrac, linked together and capable of being studded. However, differing from the DuraTrac, these lugs feature stone ejectors in their wide shoulder gaps, sharper edges, and more pronounced outer sides with larger mud scoops and sidewall lugs.

In summary, it’s evident why the Kanati Trail Hog bears such a striking resemblance to the DuraTrac.

Internal Construction

Tough terrains call for tires that can handle the challenge. This toughness mainly comes from the tire’s internal build and the rubber on top. The Kanati Trail Hog AT stands out for its durability, thanks to its three-ply polyester casing, reinforced by two steel belts and two layers of nylon. In contrast, the Goodyear Duratrac seems a bit less robust. It has two-ply sidewalls and its rubber isn’t as resistant to cuts. Plus, its tread voids are narrower compared to the Trail Hog.

Directional Grip

When it comes to gripping the road on dry highways, neither tire excels due to their bold tread designs. However, the Kanati Trail Hog AT does a better job at stopping shorter, indicating better directional grip. This is because its middle lugs are closer together and interlock, enhancing grip and stability. Additionally, its rubber is stiffer, maintaining firm contact with the ground despite having deeper treads.

The Goodyear Duratrac, on the other hand, has a softer rubber mix and more spaces between the tread blocks in the center. This means its grip isn’t as strong, although the difference is slight.

Lateral Traction

When a tire takes a corner, the focus is on how well the outer part of the tire sticks to the road. This is key because, during a turn, the tire’s load shifts to the outer edge, opposite the direction of the turn.

Both the Goodyear Duratrac and the Kanati Trail Hog show limitations in this area.

The Goodyear Duratrac, despite its better design at the edges, suffers because its softer material doesn’t hold up well against the bending of the edges as the tire turns. This leads to issues with steering too much or too little, making the steering less responsive.

The Kanati Trail Hog, on the other hand, struggles because its design doesn’t allow for enough contact between the tire and the road, due to its large gaps in the tread. This means its ability to grip during turns is on par with the Duratrac.

Wet Grip

How well a tire can handle wet conditions comes down to its ability to get rid of water. This is where the design of the grooves and the tiny cuts, known as sipes, come into play.

The grooves work to move a lot of the water out of the way, while the sipes deal with the remaining moisture, improving the tire’s contact with the road.

Even though both tires seem to handle water on the road similarly (which involves pushing water out through the grooves), the Goodyear Duratrac has the upper hand in wet conditions. It has more sipes, and they’re designed better, too.

These sipes lock together in a way that combined with the tire’s softer rubber, doesn’t become hard. This allows them to flex and suck up water more effectively, clearing the way for the tire.

Fuel Consumption

Fuel usage depends a lot on things like rolling resistance and how flexible the tire tread is. When you look at these factors, it’s clear why the Goodyear Duratrac tire is ahead of the game.

This tire is not as heavy, and its lugs have strong supports underneath. This means that even though the tread compound is kind of soft, the lugs don’t bend too much. Bending lugs waste energy because the energy from the fuel goes into making the tread flex instead of moving the whole tire.

That’s why the Kanati Trail Hog falls short. Its lugs aren’t supported as well and they have to deal with more weight pressing down on them.

Tread Life

As we talked about earlier, the Kanati Trail Hog has more rolling resistance between the two tires. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean it wears down faster.

Even though its lugs are under more pressure and they scrape against the road harder, the tire’s longer-lasting tread life is helped by its generally deeper tread voids and tougher material.

So, it ends up having a similar, if not better, tread wear rate compared to the Duratrac.

Noise and Comfort

The less tread a tire has, the noisier it becomes, especially on smooth surfaces. This noise comes from air particles moving freely and striking the tread walls forcefully, creating sound.

However, when comparing tires with similar shapes, the Duratrac tire offers a smoother ride. This difference can be understood through groove resonance and pitch sequencing.

Groove resonance involves sound waves echoing inside the tire, which is more noticeable in the Kanati Trail Hog, making it louder.

Furthermore, the Kanati Trail Hog struggles due to its less effective pitch sequencing. This technique involves minor changes in how the blocks are arranged and shaped, causing air particles to produce slightly different sounds at various parts of the tire.

These different sound frequencies then interfere with each other, reducing overall noise.

Rugged Terrain Traction

Self-cleaning abilities and durability are must-haves for off-road tires to tackle different types of ground. Let’s dive into these aspects.

On Muddy Trails

To conquer mud, all-terrain tires need a tread design that promotes fast mud removal and paddling action.

Although they might look worn, between the two, Goodyear Duratrac shows superior performance. It has smaller, central tread lugs with edges that cut through mud. These lugs, along with in-groove biters at the bottom of the tread voids, break down mud particles. This makes it easier for the mud to exit the tread, while the tire’s softer shoulder lugs help it paddle through.

Kanati Trail Hog, on the other hand, features an interlocking pattern in the center that traps mud more easily. Unlike Duratrac, it lacks features to chop up the mud particles.

On Rocks

Rocks, like roads, require a good contact patch. But, you also need biters and durability. Here, both tires perform similarly.

Let’s look at their pros and cons.

Kanati Trail Hog offers an impressive grip with its tangled central lugs and sharp shoulder blocks that extend to the sidewall, featuring deep biters. It also boasts greater puncture resistance thanks to its 3-ply polyester casing (discussed in the durability section). However, this casing makes the tire stiff, and its lugs less flexible for gripping rocky surfaces.

Goodyear DuraTrac, in contrast, secures a better grip on rocks with its flexible tread. Yet, it falls short in the durability area. This tire doesn’t instill the same confidence, especially its sidewalls, which are a bit worrying.

Sandy Dunes

Dealing with sand can be a real challenge, especially in deeper areas where your tires might sink in no time.

That’s why it’s crucial to avoid getting stuck by airing down your tires in sandy conditions. Not to mention, the weight of your tire and its tread structure play a big role too.

When we look at these factors, it’s clear the Kanati Trail Hog struggles a bit in sandy terrain.

This tire is made from a harder compound, as we’ve mentioned before. Plus, its edges are sharper, making it prone to digging in deeper than you’d want.

On the flip side, the Goodyear DuraTrac, with its smoother edges and lighter build, tends to glide over sand more easily, giving you a better grip.

Winter Traction

Though both tires might seem similar at first glance, and they both boast a severe winter rating of the 3 peak mountain snowflakes, the Goodyear Duratrac manages to pull ahead.

This advantage comes from its mini biters located at the base of the tread grooves. If you recall the section on appearance, these biters create a secondary tread pattern within the large tread voids.

They’re key for gripping onto compacted snow, which then helps to connect with the snow on the ground, improving traction.

The Kanati Trail Hog, however, lacks this crucial feature. Plus, its biters don’t remain flexible in freezing temperatures. As a result, its ability to grip in snow isn’t as strong as the Duratrac’s.

Conclusion

Even though both tires might look alike, there are significant differences between them. Here’s a quick summary for you.

The Kanati Trail Hog may not be the best for road use, but it holds its own with solid dry grip and winter performance. When it comes to off-road adventures, it excels on rocky and gravel surfaces.

On the flip side, the Goodyear Duratrac excels on wet pavement and matches up well in winter conditions.

For off-road situations, it performs better on softer grounds like sand and mud, offering improved resistance to sinking.

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