Tire & Wheel Specialists
STRONGER OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE | Proprietary GEO-SHIELD™ Technology
We recently were invited by Yokohama Tire to attend the launch of an exciting new tire in their off-road segment. We traveled to the tiny town of Gateway, CO for some experience with this tire under harsh conditions. Being a short distance away from Moab, UT and at 4,600 feet, Gateway features some unique topography and terrain.
A little history on the aggressive side of the Geolander line:
- Super Digger was launched ~1998 and was an immediate hit with off-road racers. This tire is still produced today in one size for the race crowd.
- Geolander M/T+ ~2007. Directional mud terrain tire
Introducing the new Geolander M/T G003!
As confirmed by independent testing, this tire features:
- New wide and flat contact patch, resulting in 8%. longer tread life.
- New rubber compound for improved cut and chip resistance.
- 3-ply sidewall with high turn-up.
- 2.3db quieter than the leading competitor's product.
- 51' shorter stopping distance in wet conditions.
For the closed course event, we strapped into VORE Challenge series trucks and were turned loose on a race course in the middle of a valley. Terrain consisted of hard pack, gravel over hard pack, and soft silt. In addition, there were several sharp hills which provided limited air time. The tires hooked up very well, especially in the deep silt which existed in several of the turns. No issues with any of the tires during our session, but we did note some rubbing damage on one of the race vehicles due to contact with the fender.
For the next event, we loaded into Jeeps and headed out into open country via fire roads and established trails. These Jeeps had mild 2” lifts and were shod with 35x12.50-17 tires.
We experienced a variety of trail conditions:
- hard pack
- gravel over hard pack
- soft silt
- jagged rock gardens
- light mud
- both wet/dry asphalt.
Yokohama is being very aggressive with it's re-entry into this segment. Sponsorship of NORRA, NitroCircus, several off-road competition teams, and Horsepower Adventures in Baja are complete.
20 initial launch sizes will begin shipping on July 1st. Stay tuned for more Yokohama product launches in this segment in the coming months!
Check out the slideshow below for additional photos from the Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 launch event.