I've been pretty damn impressed with how well my Destination A/Ts have done off the pavement. Pretty much everyone knows how well they do onroad, but they've been great offroad as well. Even on steep, slippery curvy muddy hill hills after crossing creeks. The sidewalls have shown to be pretty strong on the rocky areas too. They're no M/T, but i've been very impressed with them. They allowed me to go down some very challenging trails that you'd never think a stock '09 SE 4wd Frontier could go down. Granted, its partly due to the brake LS system and knowing how to drive it, but a lot of it is the tires. My friends with built rigs that I've followed up challenging trails without issues have been blown away.
A good compromise between an a/t and an m/t is the Goodyear Duratrac. I have friends who have them and love them. They say they do great in all conditions and are very livable as a DD tire.
not sure how you feel about retreads, everyone has their opinions (strong ones when it comes to retreads) but at this site 265/75R16 - Buy retread tires online from TreadWright.com you can get copies of some very good tread patterns like bf goodrich AT (all terrain) and goodyear wrangler MTR (mud terrain) among others for very very cheap in various sizes
disclaimer: i am not trying to start a retread debate just stating an option
my duratracs are pretty good. they seem to be wearing quickly but lots of life left ( i only have about 12,000 miles on them), i live in "truck country" (northern canada) and there are tons of people running them. they are awesome in winter conditions (snowflake rated, only tire approved by transport canada for winter conditions), great in dry, not bad in mud (we have the stickiest, nastiest muskeg mud here), quiet on the highway and overall perform pretty well. i've talked to many guys that like them except in the grossest of mud, but then even MT's have trouble with clearing the ****.
I was reading a tire reviews the other day and one tire that really cought my eye was the cooper discoverer SST. It got great reveiws in mud and snow, but was quite and handled well on the highway. In my opinion it has a really aggressive off-road look to it.
The BFG AT/TA KO has been a great tire for me, granted it diddnt get me out of the mud easy but i prefur rocks anyway... My last set lasted over 25k miles and i bought them used with less then 1/2 tread. (also were 8 ply)..
BFG AT/TA KO 265 70/17 4ply will fit snug.
BFG AT/TA KO 285 70/17 4ply will fit with minor wheel well melting and removal of mud flaps.... look phat but will rub at full turn....
Unhhh (vocal noise) i remember those, awesome concept but i still wonder why create a honeycombe design for a deset truck in the middle east... its going to sink in the sand worse then the newjersey sinkhole yesterday :wtf:
While you are at your Goodyear dealer looking at Duratracs, take a look at the Kelly/Springfield Safari TSR's. Kelly is owned by Goodyear and been around forever. They are also listed on our tire guide here at ClubFrontier. I have had great luck- they wear well, work well in snow and mud, and are surprisingly quiet on road for a tread that aggressive. They are quite a bit cheaper than the Duratracs- (about $25/ tire less). The side profile of the Kelly TSR looks SLIGHTLY more aggressive when you put them side by side.
I have also previously owned the Dick Cepek FC-II's and had good luck with those as well, although were a bit louder on the highway than the Kelly TSR's when the tread was worn. They were fantastic in the snow and on loose rock.