Who doesn’t like playing in the mud? Riding an ATV in that wonderful concoction that comes from blending dirt with water is something some of us have never outgrown. It’s just that now, our toys have gotten more advanced and expensive. Riding in mud with an ATV is a whole lot of fun. If you’re serious about your mud time fun time, it may be time to invest in the best mud tires you can afford.

Mud tires are some highly specialized rubber. They have aggressive tread patterns and can tear apart a lawn in quick order. You also want a tire that self-cleans, letting the tire do what it is supposed to do – get traction anywhere possible. There are plenty of great mud tires out there, but here are five that we like.

ITP Mega Mayhem

ITP Mega Mayhem

ITP is one of the older tire companies producing high-performance ATV tires. They were one of the very first to offer a performance mud tire with the original Blackwater tires, named after a legendary mud cross country race that many would start but few would finish. Today’s ITP mud tires are state-of-the-art with 6-ply carcasses and deep tread patterns, including the 1.5-inch deep Mega Mayhem, a tire very worthy of the name. Learn more here.

STI Outback Max

STI Outback Max

Going extreme? Try an STI Tire & Wheel Outback MAX. These tires are 8-ply for extreme puncture resistance and have tread that is up to two inches deep. If you get stuck running these tires on your ATV, you’re riding somewhere you shouldn’t be. Shop for a set of Outback Max tires here.

SuperATV Assassinator Mud Tires

Assassinator Mud Tires

Seriously, just look at these tires! Three-inch deep tread with an open design; how could these tires not just flat-out rip through the goo and slop? These are highly specialized tires made for mud, mud and more mud. However, they can handle some non-mud trail use on a limited basis thanks to a strong center-tread design. They are tall and narrow, just like a good mud tire should be. If you’re a serious mud master, this is a tire you should look at. Pick up a set for machine right here.

Maxxis Mudzilla

Maxxis Mudzilla

Maxxis Mudzillas come in a 6-ply design to help reduce the risk of punctures when you encounter something under the goo that you didn’t expect. The deep, directional tread pattern digs into the mud and pushes it out and away from the tire, giving you great bite when you need it most. The tread is also designed to flex in the areas mud would accumulate, helping to “self-clean” the tire. More information is available here.

Sedona Mudda InLaw

Sedona Mudda InLaw

Ok, the name is catchy, but seriously look at the tread! These are serious mud tires. With two-inch deep tread that increases to 2-1/4-inch tread at the outside edge to give these meats some mud muscle right where you need it. The tough 8-ply carcass helps prevent punctures, too. The tread has enough to it to make these tires stable and smooth riding between mud sections as well, making them great tires for mud-filled trails. You can buy a set of Mudda InLaw tires here.

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