Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3 Vs BFGoodrich KO2? Both are Reliable and long lasting’s. Bridgestone Dueler Revo 3’s traction claw technology helps it crush dirt and snow, which enhances traction. Is the tire aggressive enough for rugged terrains while providing comfort on the road?
What is most important is whether this tire can outperform the BFGoodrich KO2, which the company claims is their toughest tire ever?
To understand that, we need to dig a little deeper into their designs.
Differences in design:
In Bridgestone Revo 3, the central area of the tire has two main ribs (each with a unique shape).
Three circumferential channels are formed by these ribs, in which the middle channel is wave-like and the outer two channels are a little wider.
There is a lot going on in these blocks.
The blocks are joined longitudinally by connectors, and their chamfered edges give them a curvy shape (so they do not push each other).
In between rectilinear sipes are prominent notch/incisions with sharp teeth on each side.
KO2 and Revo have very similar sipes (although Revo has more of them).
BFG’s tire design features interlocking tread blocks with a high void ratio. There are three main ribs here, and the central one is interlocked with the other two.
3D sipes (which go all the way down) further divide the blocks.
Despite its shoulder blocks, the central area of the tire is less aggressive.
Their length and width vary a lot, and they have wide lateral spaces in between where stone ejectors are located.
There are two different shapes of notches on these staggered blocks, and they link together to form competitive lugs along the sidewall.
In comparison, these slanted lugs are bulkier, and they help the tire during flexing.
Bridgestone Revo 3 tires don’t make bulkier lugs or staggered shoulder blocks, but they do have thunderbolt lightning sipes and notches in their inner edges while their outer margins are saw-toothed.
Comparatively, the blocks are more stable since they provide connectors between them.
These tires also have the following design features:
|Revo 3||BFG KO2|
|Weight (avg)||55.3 lbs||44 lbs|
|Tread Depth (avg)||15/32’’||14/32″|
|Available sizes||15 to 22″||16 to 20″|
|Sidewall Construction||3 ply||2 ply|
|Tread Width (avg)||11.2″||10.7″|
The traction of On-road is as follows:
Bridgestone Revo 3 tires are better suited for highway driving. With its wider block valleys, the tire simply provides a better rubber-to-road contact.
Furthermore, the tire features multiple biting edges, which keep the rubber-road friction intact, as well as a softer compound that simply sticks better to pavements.
As all blocks have reinforced foundations underneath (in the form of continuous ribs in the central blocks and connectors between the blocks on the shoulders), the softer material of the tire also remains stable.
As the softer rubber of the tire provides more flexibility, the sipes on the tire are also able to suck up water more efficiently, improving the tire’s wet traction as well.
On the other hand, the BFGoodrich KO2 is good on dry roads, but falls short on wet ones (in comparison).
There is less siping on this tire, and it is not flexible enough to outperform its competitor in wet weather handling and braking.
With wider grooves, the tire provides better hydroplaning because water can easily pass through the web of tread voids it makes.
Can you tell me how things are on off-road?
Off-road in Mud:
In mud, the BFG KO2 performs better in spite of its interlocking pattern that doesn’t self-clean, as its shoulder blocks have mud scoops and the sidewall lugs allow the tire to get out by digging.
Serrated shoulder blocks are not prominent on the Revo 3 and the sidewall lugs are not thick enough.
There is also not enough space for mud to pass through a tire with connectors between all its blocks.
Off-road in Snow:
With its larger ribs, the Revo 3 still cannot outperform the Revo 3, despite it being a skinnier tire (which does better).
A BF Goodrich tire with its web of grooves (with wider tread voids), which trap in the snow, makes better snow to snow contact on snowy terrains.
The tire is also branded with the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake rating, unlike the Revo 3.
off-road in Rocks:
With this type of terrain, BFGoodrich provides you with a stronger 3 ply polyester casing, providing a more durable sidewall than Revo 3.
As a result, KO2 is also more puncture resistant.
With its interlocking design, the tire provides better lateral and longitudinal traction and better grip on rocks.
The deep sipes that separate the blocks further can also bite into the rocky surface on a micro level.
However, due to its less aggressive shoulder blocks, the Bridgestone Revo 3 cannot provide as much lateral traction.
It is the side-to-side grip of the tire that prevents it from slipping to the side, which can also cause the vehicle to overturn.
As a result of the less aggressive sides of the tire, the sidewall lugs are also less thick, so they do not provide better efficiency when the tire is pressed down off road (during sidewall flexing).
Final Thoughts of Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 3 Vs BFGoodrich KO2
Even though they are marketed as All Terrain tires, both tires are made for different terrains.
The BFG KO2 outperformed its competitor in almost all off-road situations. With its 3 ply carcass, two steel belts, and spirally wound nylon, the tire is simply more aggressive and has a stronger sidewall.
Conversely, the Bridgestone Revo 3 is well suited for pavement, even though it compromises a little off-road.
You may want to consider Revo 3 if you mostly drive on streets and highways, because it would provide you with better fuel efficiency as well as better traction in wet and dry conditions.
The softer compound of these tires provides better impact cushioning and its greater rubber to road contact (combined with whisper grooves technology) provides less on-road noise.
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