Durability and strength are hallmarks for these UTV tires
If you routinely find yourself throwing more at your UTV than its basic 4 or 6 ply-rated tires can handle, then a set of 8 ply UTV tires might be for you.
A tire’s ply rating is, in essence, a reflection of how strong and heavy-duty it is. That number used to refer to how many layers of rubber and reinforcement material were used in a tire’s construction, although as manufacturers moved away from cotton reinforcement and toward materials like steel, nylon, and polyester, the number has become more symbolic, and 8 ply UTV tires don’t necessarily contain 8 plies. Rather, they deliver strength on par with what could be expected from 8 ply cotton-reinforced tires.
That said, ply rating is a crucial number for the UTV enthusiast, and the sort of 4 and 6 ply tires that come fitted as factory equipment on many machines simply don’t have the strength, longevity, and puncture-resistance that many of today’s riders demand. Thankfully, the market is flush with 8 ply UTV tires in a range of styles, from an array of reputable manufacturers, so there are plenty of great options out there – if you know where to look.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of the eight best 8 ply UTV tires on the market, in no particular order.
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Despite its name, it’s not meat that the Maxxis Carnivore subsists on; it’s a steady diet of rocks, roots, dirt, and sand from the most extreme terrains your UTV is likely to encounter. The Carnivore is a true light truck-inspired tire, engineered to thrive in the sort of barren, hard-packed conditions that permeate the western United States. That means a durable, long-wearing rubber compound that delivers excellent traction on rocks, roots and hardpack; an eight-ply rating for superb puncture resistance and strength; and radial construction for comfort and handling performance.
Kenda Mastodon AT
If it’s go-anywhere, handle-any-terrain versatility you’re looking for from your next set of UTV tires, the Kenda Mastodon AT will deliver. It’s a true all-terrain tire, with an uncommonly aggressive tread design featuring plenty of wide-open void area for excellent clean-out in the mud, and the sort of expansive contact patch that lends itself to good traction and durability on harder packed trails. Its radial construction means the Mastodon AT is comfortable, predictable at higher speeds, and adept at cornering. Where “all-terrain” typically means a compromise between mud and hardpack performance, the Kenda Mastodon AT is the rare all-terrain tire that can truly deliver over all terrain.
ITP Blackwater Evolution
As 8 ply UTV tires go, ITP’s Blackwater Evolution has one of the most expansive, varied skill sets out there. ITP boasts that the Blackwater Evolution is suitable for everything from soft and loose to intermediate surfaces – from mud and snow to rocks and ruts – whether you’re racing on it, or just simply cruising. That’s quite the repertoire, and it’s bolstered by an aggressive tread pattern with lots of biting edges and plenty of void area for self-cleaning, and a tough rubber compound with excellent resistance to abrasion and wear. It’s a true jack-of-all-trades, and it’s available in a wide array of sizes to suit most any ride.
GBC Dirt Commander
The GBC Dirt Commander is a standout on this list for one very simple reason: where the rest of these 8 ply UTV tires utilize radial construction, the Dirt Commander is a bias-ply tire. That means more load-carrying capacity and superior puncture resistance next to a comparable radial tire – attributes that make bias construction the favorite among most hardcore off-roaders. Not that that’s the Dirt Commander’s only virtue, of course; the tire also boasts deep sipes and aggressive biting edges for excellent traction no matter the terrain, from grass and dirt to mud, rocks, and creek beds.
Well-known in the ATV community, EFX brings decades of manufacturing and performance experience to the table with each new tire design, and in our not-so-humble opinion, the EFX MotoClaw is the best, most versatile steward of EFX’s excellent reputation. More than adequate in light mud, where the MotoClaw really shines is over soft and intermediate terrain, with strong, aggressive tread lugs to provide plenty of traction over grass, dirt, roots, and rocks. An impressively strong rubber compound, combined with the MotoClaw’s 8-ply rating, provides outstanding puncture resistance and durability.
Pro Armor Crawler XG
A bit on the pricey side, the Pro Armor Crawler XG is well worth the expense if you’re looking for an exceptional rock-crawling UTV tire. The Crawler XG’s aggressive, dense tread design provides more hard biting edges per square inch than a comparable all-terrain tire, and combined with the unique sidewall tread, that makes the Pro Armor Crawler XG perfect for hard surfaces like slick rock faces and hardpack trails. At the same time, these 8 ply UTV tires feature an Armor Belt radial construction that lends itself to impressive puncture resistance, and admirable dirt and sand performance from its dual-compound composition make the Crawler XG a rock-crawling tire you can use just about anywhere.
Another exceptional rock-crawling radial for UTVs, the Roxxzilla puts manufacturer Maxxis on our list for the second time. Perhaps more specialized than the Pro Armor Crawler XG, the Maxxis Roxxzilla features a soft compound specially formulated to deflect and find purchase on tough-to-grip rock faces. Two shoulder layers, a multi-layered sidewall, and a high void ratio in the center tread provide extra grip and puncture resistance, for some of the best rock-crawling performance available from a set of 8 ply UTV tires.
The Tensor Regulator is not your average all-terrain UTV tire, as Tensor is not your average tire manufacturer, being perhaps best-known in the world of desert racing. Lessons learned in that arena help make the Regulator a competitive, high-performance all-terrain tire, with a broad contact patch and deep shoulder lugs contributing to exceptional braking and cornering performance, and a staggered tread design bred for a smooth, comfortable, predictable ride. A set of Tensor Regulator tires isn’t going to do you many favors if you ever get stuck in the mud, but if it’s high-speed, hard-cornering performance you’re after, the Regulator might be your best bet.
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