We tested Yokohama Geolandar (M/T) VS Toyo MT and here is Comparison after testing these two. They are both Mud-Terrain tires with high void ratios and aggressive tread designs so they perform well off-road.
Geolandar’s grooves, however, are wider, so it has better off-road performance compared to Toyo since it has narrower grooves.
Continue reading to compare these tires based on their design and performance in different conditions.
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Comparison of both Mud Terrain Tires:
The Geolandar has an aggressive tread pattern with a high void ratio, resulting in a minimum contact patch with the ground. Due to this, the tire’s dry traction is reduced to some degree, but its deep grooves and wide sipes provide excellent traction when wet.
This tire has wide grooves that offer maximum traction in mud and snow, but due to its small contact patch and lower grip on ice, it struggles. Stone ejectors are also installed to remove stones stuck in the tread of the tires. Further, shoulder lugs and aggressive armor protect against rocks with sharp edges.
To increase the tread life of Geolandar, its tread is covered by polyester piles, steel piles, and nylon cover plies. The tread compound contains a good amount of Silica, which increases grip and improves off-road traction. Despite its computerized tread pattern, this tire is noisier than its competitor due to its wider grooves.
The tread pattern on this tire is aggressive with hooked-shaped blocks that give it a terrific performance off-road, but the grooves are comparatively narrow, so it is not as good as the Geolandar tire for off-roading. On paved paths, however, it is a better choice due to fewer narrow grooves.
The narrow grooves and deep sipes allow it to wipe away water in wet conditions, but not as effectively as Geolandar. Geolandar’s comparatively narrow grooves make it less effective at removing mud and snow than its wide grooves and open shoulder blocks.
This tire performs better on ice because of its higher contact patch. The scalloped shoulder blocks and bold stone ejectors prevent rocks from getting stuck in the tread, but less wide grooves reduce its grip on rocks, placing it second to its competitor.
Further, the specific arrangement of tread blocks reduces noise, but narrower grooves are less effective at absorbing shocks, reducing off-road comfort.
Comparison of on-road traction
Geolandar has a higher void ratio, which is why it features wide grooves. The wide grooves decrease the contact patch and tire grip on-road, so it is not a good choice for on-road use.
Despite this, the grooves are also found effective in wet traction as they are highly effective at wiping away water. The full-depth sipes also aid in the evacuation of water, providing excellent grip in wet conditions. As Geolandar has wider grooves than its competitor, it performs better in wet conditions.
Furthermore, Toyo tires have a higher void ratio and wider grooves to a certain extent, which reduces grip on dry paved paths. As a result, the void ratio is lower and grooves are narrower than those of its counterpart, so it provides better traction on dry roads.
This tire has deep sipes, but the grooves are narrower, so it does not perform as well in wet conditions as Geolandar.
Comparison of off-road traction
In mud traction, the wide grooves of Geolandar offer a number of biting edges that allow the mud to be bit and thrown backwards, assisting the tire to move forward.
Mud ejectors also keep grooves free of mud. In addition, the shoulder grooves are wide enough to allow mud to pass easily through them, thus increasing the tire’s off-road capability.
The wider grooves on the Toyo tires reduce its traction in mud. However, the grooves are capable of grabbing the mud and throwing it backwards, but this process of grabbing and throwing mud is not as efficient as it is in Geolandar.
In addition, the open shoulder grooves of this tire are narrower as compared to its counterpart, so mud can’t easily pass through them.
A Geolandar tire has wider grooves that effectively bite the soft snow and throw it backward, allowing the tire to roll smoothly. The grooves are wider than those of its competitor, so it evacuates soft snow more efficiently.
However, on ice, the wide grooves don’t provide enough traction as they reduce the contact patch and lower the tire grip, making the tire more slippery.
Although Toyo’s grooves are capable of biting soft snow and throwing it back, they are relatively narrow, so they provide less traction on soft snow. The narrower grooves of this tire made it much more effective at providing good grip on ice. Therefore, Toyo is a better choice on icy roads.
In Geolandar, the bold stone ejectors prevent small stones/pebbles from getting stuck in the tire tread. The wide grooves on this tire also allow it to grip well over rocks.
The aggressive armor over the sidewall and precisely arranged tread blocks make this tire rigid. This strong construction protects the tire from being damaged by sharp-edged rocks.
In Toyo, the stone ejectors are large enough to prevent the stones from getting stuck in the tread. In addition to providing grip over rocks, this tire has decent grooves.
It also features scalloped shoulder blocks that prevent chips and cuts. Geolandar, on the other hand, is unable to beat this tire on rocks due to its comparatively fewer wide grooves and smaller stone ejectors.
Which tire is the most comfortable?
The Geolandar is not a comfortable tire for on-road use since its grooves are wider, which lowers its contact patch and grip on the road.
Furthermore, the wide grooves trap more air, and when the tire rotates, the air particles rush out, which produces a loud noise. This tire provides excellent off-road comfort as the wide grooves act as shock absorbers which dampen the effect of jerks.
Toyo, however, is not a comfortable tire on the road, but its relatively narrow grooves make it a better option. The narrower grooves trap fewer air particles, resulting in less noise.
Even though this tire can also survive the effects of jerks during off-roading, the narrower grooves reduce its comfort level as they are not as effective at absorbing shocks.
Durability and treadwear
The lower contact patch of the tire lowers rolling resistance in Geolandar since only a small portion of the tire comes in contact with the road. As a result, treadwear is reduced, increasing tire durability.
This tire features a high-density rubber compound that contains a triple polymer combination that increases tire life. Additionally, it comes with a rim protector, a hexagonal bead, two steel belts, and a total nylon cap for optimum protection against damage. Geolandar’s comprehensive tread design increases tread life by 8%.
Moreover, Toyo tires feature a high void ratio and a small contact patch, lowering the rolling resistance of the tire. This increases the tire’s durability. The 3-ply polyester construction provides excellent handling and enhances tire durability.
Tires with scalloped shoulder tread and toughest sidewalls resist accidental damage, making them durable. Toyo tires, however, have fewer wide grooves, which increase treadwear. This makes the tire less durable.
Price difference of Yokohama Geolandar (M/T) VS Toyo MT
Both tires have wide grooves and offer excellent off-road performance. Toyo (M/T) is, however, more expensive than Geolandar (M/T). Although both tires perform almost equally well, they differ slightly in their features.
Brief Summary of Yokohama Geolandar (M/T) VS Toyo MT
- Both tires are mud-terrain (M/T) tires.
- Due to its comparatively smaller wide grooves, Toyo tires perform better when it comes to on-road dry traction.
- Because of its comparatively wider grooves, Geolandar dominates in on-road wet traction.
- Geolandar shows the way to Toyo in mud because its grooves are wider.
- Geolandar is better on soft snow because of its wider grooves.
- Toyo performs better on ice because its grooves are less wide.
- Geolandar excels on rocks because of its more aggressive stone ejectors and wider grooves.
- Due to its stronger construction, Geolandar is more durable
- The price of Toyo is slightly higher.
Video Comparison of Yokohama Geolandar (M/T) VS Toyo MT
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