Continental TerrainContact A/T - Anyone have them?

whitenoise

Adventurer
I see the new Conti A/T are roughly $75 cheaper than the benchmark KO2's @ TireRack in the sizes I want (18" wheels). $75 x 5 is quite a chunk of change. I feel there is no real need for Load Range E tires, which is what most of the KO2's are - the vehicle is a stock 100 series Land cruiser. I'd like to hear opinions from those who have had them. If you have compared them against KO2's, your opinions would be highly valued - Thanks!
 

kayadog

Adventurer
I don't have any experience with those but they are a very different tire than the KO's. Much more of a highway tread. If you are looking for lower priced all terrain competitors for the KO2 take a look at Falken AT3W's, General Grabber AT2, or Hankook ATM's.
 

whitenoise

Adventurer
Thanks, they're not really that much different than the KO2s (which are actually much different than the first gen KO's). As for the other tires you quoted I am not too keen on any of them other than the General AT2. When it comes to tires, my personal feeling is that the brand absolutely matters. Continental (who own General) and Michelin (who own BFG), speaking from a technical stand-point, know the tire art better than the others and that reflects in their aftermarket offerings as well...
 

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jbaucom

New member
We've had a set on the wife's Subaru Forester for ~8,000 miles now. The tread is more aggressive than it looks in pictures, but is still very highway friendly. The tires are pretty quiet on the highway, gas mileage took a bigger hit than I expected, and traction on all surfaces (except mud - I avoid mud as much as possible) has been good. I like them so well that I wish I had a set on my truck.
 

pharden

New member
I put a set on my 2014 F-150 (275/55-20) about 3 weeks ago and so far I'm impressed with the on road performance. Have not had a chance to get it off-road yet. Very slight increase in noise over the Pirelli STR, but seem to ride better than the Pirelli's did.
 

Shovel

Dreaming Ape
I ended up buying a set of these for my Montero in August 2017 and have run them about 30k miles since then, across country and every type of terrain except deep snow and gumbo mud. I have not deliberately avoided those things, they just aren't in great supply where (or when) I have traveled since installing them.

LT265/70R17 E-rated.

Highway noise is inconsequential. Highway/road traction in dry/wet has been more than sufficient - I'm not engaged in the type of driving on asphalt that would really challenge any tire, traction-wise. Braking traction is confident and the tires have not demonstrated any apparent heat problem with repeated 900 mile days.

I changed tire size and wheel type/weight when adding these tires so I cannot meaningfully comment on fuel efficiency except to say that it was not less or more than anticipated.

Off pavement traction is what you'd expect from any mild all-terrain. Good grip when there's a compatible surface but little mechanical keying under severe demands. I regard this as very similar to every other A/T on this end of the spectrum and really you can predict a lot about this behavior just by looking at the void ratio of the tread. It does clean light mud from itself readily and does not seem to promote rock drilling. It does retain certain stones but loses them in short order.

Sidewall and tread section toughness have not disappointed me, the sidewalls on mine do show some scarring from attempted intrusion but there have been no failures to date. There is some chipping of the tread elements but not more or worse than expected given my use and experience with other tires. I believe there might be very slightly more tread chipping on these than on the Cooper STMaxx my other truck wears, driven in similar terrain and by the same driver. The difference may be accounted by the differing traction systems, weight distribution and other factors, not much to conclude but I felt it worth mentioning.

Rate of wear is OK but not exceptional. I kind of expect maybe I'll see 50k miles from them at their wear indicators though I typically replace tires before they get to that point. It's short of their 60k warranty but I can't predict the future and may be incorrectly estimating their rate of wear. I also am doing 5 tire rotations.

Objective verdict is I believe these fit in the same category as Michelin Defender LTX M+S, a tire that makes no highway compromises but has the durability of an off road tire if not the bite of a dedicated off-roader. A mild tread pattern on a heavy duty carcass. Points for honest presentation this tire ultimately does exactly what it looks like it does.

Subjective verdict is I just bought a second set for my other truck.
 

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