We’ve rounded up the best tires for your ATV

If you’re shopping for a set of 26x10x12 ATV tires, there are some great options available to you. We’ve rounded up our favorites and put them all in one place.

While not the most common tire size on modern all-terrain vehicles, 26x10x12 ATV tires are available from some of the best-known, most respected manufacturers around, in both all-terrain and mud-terrain styles. It’s a good thing, too, because a new set of tires is just about the quickest way to transform the way your ride behaves on the trail. They’re the only part of your ATV that actually makes contact with the ground, transforming each twist of the throttle and turn of the handlebars into action.

But with numerous options on the market, how can you know you’re getting the best 26x12x12 ATV tires available for your vehicle? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together this list of the tires currently on the market, at a variety of price points, and covering a range of different terrain types. Stick with one of the tire models on this list and you can’t go wrong.

GBC Kanati Mongrel

GBC Kanati Mongrel

A premium tire manufacturer with a sterling reputation, Greenball, or GBC, manufactures tires for light trucks, trailers, yard and farm equipment, golf carts, and most importantly, ATVs and UTVs. All of that varied experience is on full display in the GBC Mongrel – a 10-ply-rated radial all-terrain developed primarily for modern side-by-sides, but perfectly suitable for single-rider ATVs, as well. The tire’s uncommonly strong 10-ply rating gives it outstanding puncture resistance and a sky-high max load rating of 760 pounds per tire, while the radial construction lends itself to a smooth, comfortable ride with predictable handling at speed. Add to that an aggressive all-terrain tread design with 21/32” of depth and you end up with one of the best, most well-rounded 26x10x12 ATV tires around.

We had a chance to review the Kanati Mongrel back in 2020 when we put a set on a Yamaha YXZ1000R and found it to be an outstanding choice for trail and desert riders. But if you really like to play in the mud or ride mostly in the sand, there are better options out there.

ITP Mud Lite XL

ITP Mud Lite XL

One of ITP’s immensely popular, well-reviewed Mud Lite tire series, the Mud Lite XL is a versatile mud-terrain tire with far more all-terrain usability than you might expect given its massively deep 1-1/8” tread lugs. The Mud Lite XL is a 6-ply-rated tire utilizing bias construction, but it’s surprisingly comfortable and well-behaved on the trail, with good steering feel and the sort of smooth ride you might sooner expect from a radial. Apart from mud, the Mud Lite XL counts intermediate and loose surfaces, rocks, ruts, and snow among its terrain proficiencies, making a set of these ITPs among the best year-round 26x10x12 ATV tires you can get.

Kenda Executioner

Kenda Executioner

If you’re looking for a set of true hardcore 26x10x12 ATV tires, look no further than the Kenda Executioner K538. The Executioner boasts an extra tough 6-ply-rated puncture-resistant casing and a built-in rim-saver feature that keeps your wheels protected from damage. Just as important, it boasts an aggressive 26.5mm of tread depth – just over an inch – to deliver outstanding traction even in the deepest of muddy trails, and dimples between the tread lugs to deliver traction even in the dry. The tread knobs are reinforced to resist flex and rollover at lower tire pressures. The Kenda Executioner is, at the end of the day, a less versatile mud-terrain tire than, say, the ITP Mud Lite series, but it’s a great option if you want uncompromising deep mud performance.

Maxxis Mud Bug

Maxxis Mud Bug

Another durable, 6-ply-rated mud-terrain tire from a manufacturer with a huge, loyal following in the ATV/UTV community, the Maxxis Mud Bug features even more tread depth than the Kenda Executioner, for still more deep mud traction and performance. Never get stuck again, thanks to 38/32” of tread depth and angled lugs designed to move mud out from underneath the tread as the wheel spins. Yet despite the extra tread depth, the Maxxis Mud Bug doesn’t weigh any more than the Executioner does, which is important for acceleration, braking, and steering performance. In fact, they rank among the lightest mud-terrain tires on the market, despite some serious mud performance bona fides.

Budget Pick: Wanda ATV/UTV P350

When it comes to tires, like most everything else, you tend to get what you pay for. But if your annual mileage is somewhat limited and you don’t need the very best, most premium 26x10x12 ATV tires you can get your mitts on, a set of Wanda ATV/UTV P350 all-terrain tires might be a smart buy. Wanda’s no newcomer to manufacturing powersports tires, mind you; the Tianjin, China-based company has been cranking out tires for ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, trailers, and the like for more than 30 years, and the P350 represents some of the best of what they have to offer. Essentially a low-cost take on Maxxis’s beloved Big Horn, the Wanda P350 features a very conventional-looking all-terrain tread pattern at a depth of 20 mm – about eight tenths of an inch – for solid traction over dirt, mud, or rock. And despite the low price, owner reviews of the Wanda P350 are overwhelmingly positive, making it one heck of a bargain among 26x10x12 ATV tires.

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