Falken WildPeak A/T3W review
The perfect definition of adventure, coupled with excellent performance is delivered to drivers on a steel wheel. Falken makes a tremendous appearance with the introduction of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W. One might ask, what is a Falken WildPeak A/T3W?
The Falken WildPeak A/T3W is a rugged all terrain, all weather tire manufactured by Falken tires. The tire is designed to deliver a blend of adventure and superb performance all year round. It delivers aggressive off-roading and rough terrain driving and still offers exceptional performance on the asphalt. It is undeniable that Falken gave its best effort in the manufacture of the WildPeak A/T3W with its impressive features and efficiency.
The Falken WildPeak A/T3W makes use of impressive features and technologies that deliver its outstanding performance. It is designed to conquer extreme terrains and still look cool while at it. Falken designed the WildPeak A/T3W to thrive in three major areas which are; treadwear, wet traction and winter traction. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W is capable of getting out of some of the roughest road conditions. Below we look at the amazing qualities of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W key technologies/features
In order to deliver a tire that offers drivers with the highest level of performance satisfaction, Falken incorporated its best technologies and features into the WildPeak A/T3W’s design. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W is almost flawless and undefeatable by the toughest terrains. It sports features that improve its capabilities in any road condition. Looking at some of the technologies and features of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W we have;
3D Canyon Sipe Technology: The 3D Sipe technology is one of its kind. It interlocks the large shoulder blocks to deliver wear resistance that can be generated by high torque. In addition, the 3D Sipe technology aids in providing bitting edges that make the tire more efficient on snowy and wet roads. Not to forget, the technology as contributes to delivering additional handling and stability.
Heat Diffuser Technology: Contributing to further enhance the performance delivery of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W, the Heat Diffuser technology incorporated in the lower sidewall of the tire aids in dissipating the heat generated by the tires action with the road surface when hauling heavy loads. This action protects the tire’s internal components from damage due to the high temperature and also ensures the vehicle’s stability.
Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) Symbol: The Falken WildPeak A/T3W carries the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol which signifies that it has high snow performance. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W earned the (3PMSF) symbol due to its class leading tread depth that ensure its severe snow maneuverability. The efficient tread depth further improves the tire’s hydroplaning resistance.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W safety features
Safety is an integral part of a tire that should not be overlooked. Tires that lack safety features can pose a risk to drivers in different situations. For example, tires with poor wet traction are at risk of hydroplaning which lead to vehicle crashes and accidents. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W’s deep tread provides the tire with a confident grip on wet roads and thus limits hydroplaning.
Also, the Heat Diffusing technology in the tire’s lower sidewall acts as a safety feature by dispersing the heat to protect the tire’s more fragile inner components. In a case whwere the Heat Diffusing technology is absent, the heat build up will denature the tire’s inner components and this can cause the tire to burst.
In addition, the offset shoulder blocks along with the tire’s upper sidewall protect the tire from sharp rocks and objects that cause tire punctures.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W speed ratings
A tire’s speed rating is the ideal speed a tire is able to safely maintain over time. Tire speed ratings vary with their sizes. For example, the LT285/75R16 126/123R tire size of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W has an R speed rating and the 235/70R16 109T has a T speed rating.
In general, the Falken WildPeak A/T3W has Q, R, S and T speed ratings. The Q-rated tires can maintain a speed of 100 mph. The R-rated tires reach speeds up to 106 mph. The S-rated tires can safely maintain a speed of 112 mph and the T-rated tires can reach 118 mph. Exceeding a tires’ speed rating when driving causes the tire to malfunction.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W treadwear and durability
It is undeniable that a major factor in the selection of a tire option for a vehicle is its treadwear and how long the tire would last. Drivers easily opt for tires that they perceive have better treadwear to save them the stress of purchasing new ones in a short time.
The Falken WildPeak A/T3W’S 3D Canyon Sipe Technology aids in resisting wear due to high torque. Also, the tire features an efficient silica tread compound design to deliver a longer tread life. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W has a uniform tire quality grading rating of 660 which means it will wear over six times slower than a tire with a 100 UTQG rating.
In addition to the technologies and compound that resist wear in the tire, Falken offers the WildPeak A/T3W with a 55,000 mile tread life warranty.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W maintenance indicators
Maintenance indicators are signals or markings put on a tire by the manufacturer to notify the driver when the tire needs to be replaced. For example, tires like the Continental CrossContact LX25 has W, S and D meaning wet, snow and dry etched into the tires. When the W is worn off, it means that the tire no longer supports wet traction and should be changed.
It appears that the Falken WildPeak A/T3W does not have a maintenance indicator. Falken made use of the industry standard Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) as its maintenance indicator. The TWIs are thin rubber bars in the tire’s grooves that become visible as the tire wears.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W traction performance
Traction is how well a tire can maintain its grip on different road conditions. The Falken WildPeak A/T3W is designed to deliver superb traction in all weathers and road conditions. It makes use of compounds that are engineered to improve the tire’s traction. Shortly we are going to discover the Falken WildPeak A/T3W’s traction performance on different road conditions.
The Falken WildPeak A/T3W has excellent wet traction, thanks to the silica enriched polymers that aid in delivering superior wet performance. Also adding to the tire’s wet performance is its deep tread that aids in hydroplaning resistance.
The Falken WildPeak A/T3W’s class-leading tread depth also contributes in delivering a confident grip on snow covered roads. Its three-peak mountain snowflake symbol means that it can find its path even in severe snow conditions.
A superior prowess of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W is its off-roading capability. In order to maneuver difficult off-road terrain, the tire is equipped with rugged and rigid tread blocks that sport support ramps and step down features and provide tread pattern rigidity and further enhances the tire’s stability. Also, its aggressive upper sidewall and offset shoulder blocks protect the tire from sharp rock/stones and objects that cause loss of tire pressure.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W noise and comfort
Although Falken WildPeak A/T3W is a large tire with rugged off-road prowess, it does not make as much noise as it looks it would. Also, the compound used in its design reduces the vibrations felt from driving so that the driver does not feel too much discomfort.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W competitors and alternatives
The Cooper Discoverer AT3 and the Toyo Open Country AT3 are close competitors of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W. They are great alternatives dependent on driver preferences. The Cooper Discoverer AT3 is designed to withstand high torque and the Toyo Open Country AT3 is a closer competitor with the Falken WildPeak A/T3W. The Toyo Open Country AT3 also offers a splendid off-roading capacity.
The two listed competitors are exceptional tires but the Falken WildPeak A/T3W stands out different in its unique way compared to the others.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W price range
The Falken WildPeak is a tad more expensive than its competitors with price range of $140.00 to $453.00. This is due to the exceptional qualities it possesses. The price however ranges from the tire sizes. The tire is available in 6 rim sizes to include; 16,17,18,19,20 and 22 inch rims.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W warranty
Falken offers a lot of warranties for the WildPeak A/T3W to ensure customer satisfaction. Some of the warranties include;
The 55,000 mile limited tread life warranty which is available for all tire sizes. Drivers can enjoy up to 3 to 4 years of the Falken WildPeak A/T3W.
The Road Hazard Protection Warranty which guarantees drivers of a free tire replacement for up to two years or for the first 3/32nds of tread life if the tire and driver meet the criteria for the replacement
Apart from its price which is on the high side compared to its competitors, the Falken WildPeak A/T3W is an excellent all terrain, all weather tire that we recommend to drivers looking to have an adventure while exploring the impeccable capabilities of the tire. The price is therefore a cross to carry for the quality it offers.