In the past few years, Falken has made a dedicated push into the off-road segment. If you’ve been in Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari, or you’ve taken the modern rock-crawling pilgrimage to Johnson Valley OHV in Southern California for King of the Hammers, you’ve likely seen the Falken crew charging around trails in a Jeep JK Wrangler or other company rig, sporting its Wildpeak All-Terrain tire. Or maybe you’ve seen some of Falken’s sponsored drivers in competition, like Tony Pellegrino of Gen Right Off-Road who finished in second place at KOH in 2014.
Then again, it’s possible that Falken Tire isn’t even on your radar as an off-road tire option. That may all change soon, though, as Falken just recently announced its all-new Wildpeak A/T3W tire, and Off-Road.com was lucky enough to get our hands on a set to test out these new tires.
Although we haven’t had a chance to really put these tires through their paces, it’s apparent at first glance that this is an entirely new all-terrain from Falken and not simply an updated Wildpeak. The AT/3W is a light truck and SUV tire designed to be a true all-weather, all-terrain tire. The tread design features large center blocks to provide stability on the highway for on-road use, while the Wildpeak AT/3W’s “step-down black design” is designed to really grab a hold of dirt, mud and snow during off-roading. Falken’s blog notes that it did look to create a tread pattern that would provide great grip while allowing it to release dirt and snow, so the tire won’t loose grip by caking on debris.
The tire features an outer apex construction designed to protect the tire casing at the bead area by reducing heat from building up. The sidewall design is supposed to give the new Wildpeak an aggressive appearance but most importantly provide added grip during off-road driving.
Falken hasn’t released the specifications for its new Wildpeak A/T3W, though it does say it will be available in 54 different sizes for wheel applications ranging from 15 to 20 inches. The new Wildpeak A/T3W will also be backed by a 55,000-mile warranty along with Falken’s 30-day hassle-free ride guarantee. Falken says the tire will be available in early 2016.
Be sure to check back with Off-Road.com early next year for a review of the all-new Falken Wildpeak A/T3W.