Falken WildPeak AT3W All-Terrain Tire Review 2018
Product Information Summary
Highlights of the Falken A/T3W
A worthy successor
Falken wasn’t exactly a top gun when it launched the WildPeak A/T in 2012. However, it quickly made a name for itself thanks to the outstanding performance and durability of the A/T both on- and off-road.
Falken didn’t rest on its laurels though. There’s no such thing as a perfect product. And they went to work on a sequel that doubled down on the performance, usability, and durability of the A/T; while making significant improvements on the on-road performance (the A/T was crude and harsh on the highway).
The sequel is the A/T3W. And you’d learn all the valuable info about it in this Falken WildPeak AT3W review.
Falken calls the Wildpeak A/T3W a “completely different animal” when compared to the previous model. And that is no exaggeration. In producing the AT3W, Falken had to go back to the drawing board and came up with an all-new design; complete with unique features, proprietary technology, and even a silica tread compound.
These beef up the A/T3W with all the muscle and character to be a true All-Terrain, Any Weather, rugged performer.
Falken WildPeak AT3W Review 2018
As a company frantically trying to become a dominant player, Falken sure knows how to make an exciting design that can start a conversation.
The aggressive, tough, bold design of the AT3W looks great. The tread pattern is the bedrock of the aggressive theme, and the theme flows neatly with the equally aggressive upper and angular “canyon” apex sidewalls.
It doesn’t get over the top at any point, and the design elements are rooted in function, rather than being gimmicky. As a result, the AT3W nails it on both form and function fronts. To put it simply, the WildPeak A/T3W performs as good as it looks.
An all-new category of tires
On a side-by-side comparison, the A/T3W is more aggressive and has a deeper tread pattern than the A/T. And there’s a reason for that. Unlike the A/T, the A/T3W isn’t a standard All-Terrain tire.
It is a cross between an All-Terrain (AT) tire and a Mud-Terrain (MT) tire. Therefore, it sits between an AT tire and an MT tire. It is heartier than a regular all-terrain, yet less aggressive than a mud-terrain.
It falls squarely into the newly fashioned hybrid-crossover tire category, which is also home to the Nitto Exo Grappler AWT and Toyo Open Country R/T tires.
The implication is that you get a near-MT level of off-road, mud, and snow performance but with better on-road manners. Giving it remarkable all-weather capabilities in ride quality, handling, and noise volume.
The WildPeak A/T3W is ideal for a truck, SUV, or crossover owner who: racks up substantial miles on both weekly commutes and weekend off-road driving sessions; regardless of the prevailing weather condition or terrain; and demands quality performance and comfort.
The Wildpeak AT3W is as close as it gets to a one-size-fits-all tire.
Unique Sidewalls and Heat Diffuser Technology
The AT3W boasts of an aggressive upper sidewall on its sides, and just below the offset shoulder blocks to:
The WildPeak A/T3W also sports a distinctive outer apex sidewall designed to act as a heat shield to reduce heat buildup, and in so doing protect the inner tire casing at the bead area.
Complementing the outer apex construction is the heat diffuser technology located in the lower sidewall. It also dissipates heat thereby protecting internal tire components. Since heat buildup can be a tire killer, especially during off-road driving.
Together, the outer apex and heat diffuser technology help maintain traction, grip, handling, and vehicle stability in extreme driving environments, and even when carrying or towing heavy loads.
Deep Tread and Silica Tread Compound
The Wildpeak AT3W has one of the deepest tread patterns amongst AT tires at up to 20/32 inch. In comparison, most new all-season tires often max out at 11/32 inch. Its deep tread:
The use of a silica-enriched polymer compound in the tire construction further enhances the tread life and wet/snow performance.
Rigid Tread Blocks with Ramps and Step-Down Design
The large center blocks of the A/T3W provide stability: While the advanced tread and shoulder design, provide superior grip regardless of the terrain or road surface.
In addition, the reinforced tread blocks have step-down features and support ramps that:
3D Canyon Sipe Technology
The sipes (a sipe is a miniature groove on a tread block) on the AT3W are arranged in an expertly designed pattern Falken calls the 3D Canyon Sipe technology. It interlocks the shoulders to:
In developing the Wildpeak A/T3W, Falken primarily focused on three things—wear, winter, and wet performance. They constitute the “3W” in the ‘A/T3W’ model number.
The AT3W was tested on all three counts both internally (by Falken) in the US and Japan, and by third parties in the US. And in testament of its top-grade extreme winter/snow performance, the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W earned the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) or Alpine symbol/marking.
The rugged shoulder design, tough silica tread compound, deeper tread, and tread step-downs coalesce to help provide remarkable traction on dirt, mud, rock, gravel, and other rough off-road terrain. As well as resist chunking, chipping, and tearing effectively.
The ATW3 deep tread grips the trail confidently whether in loose mud or soft sand. Furthermore, it maintains its composure and provides that extra bite for safe navigation in rocky terrain.
The Wildpeak ATW3 retains its good manners on the highway. As the larger center blocks provide added stability and deliver better feel. Whether at average or top speed, on-road performance is terrific.
And for an A/T, noise levels of the AT3W are way down the totem pole.
You’d definitely come to value the deep tread feature during wet driving. It practically makes hydroplaning a non-issue. The tire effortlessly glides over wet concrete or asphalt without breaking traction or impinging handling.
Additionally, the longer edges of tread blocks further improve grip on wet road surfaces.
The true hallmark of an A/T tire’s performance is how well it handles moderate to heavy snow. The Wildpeak ATW3 excels and outshines the competition in snow or ice.
There’s a reason why it’s got a 3PMSF severe snow rating. Light, moderate, heavy: Doesn’t matter. It can handle snow, ice, and other winter conditions just fine, thanks to its 3D Canyon Siping and rugged tread pattern.
Even on warmer days when snow morph into mushy mud, the AT3W doesn’t disappoint. And if you transit from off-road to on-road, the tread cleans out relatively quickly, such that there’s no compromise in on-road performance after hitting the trail.
Comfort is a critical part of a tire’s performance. And the use of softer tread compound (silica) pays off in making the A/T3W tire comfy on all terrains.
Sure, stock H/T tires deliver more comfort on the highway, but they don’t hold up over rugged terrain. The AT3W glides seamlessly whether on-road or off-road with high-level comfort and refinement in tow.
In general, noise is the Achilles’ heel of A/T tires. They aren’t as pleasantly silent as H/T tires. And that’s due to the tread construction of A/T tires.
However, with the AT3W, Falken does well to drive the noise level down, such that it is barely noticeable. It is quiet on the highway and remains muffled even when you take it over rough and uneven terrain. You’d find the Wildpeak A/T3W to be quieter than most of the competition, such as the BFG T/A KO or the Goodyear DuraTrac.
Treadwear and Warranty
With deep treads and excellent proprietary tread design, it is no surprise that Falken can offer a warranty of 55,000 miles on all of the 54 sizes of the WildPeak A/T3W.
Falken also offers a 30-day hassle-free guarantee.
Falken WildPeak A/T3W Sizes and Specifications
The cons of the AT3W are the same issues that plague all A/T tires.
Its dry performance is a tad bit better than average. Traction in soft dirt and loose sand isn’t 100%. And its noise level on the highway isn’t pin-drop silent.
But each of these aren’t dealbreakers. They are acceptable and expected downsides of all terrain tires. However, it is interesting to note that on all three counts the A/T3W outperforms or is at least at the top of the game amongst competing A/T models.
First off, let’s do a quick overview of the pros of the Falken WildPeak AT3W:
It’s hard not to become salesy when talking about the impressive AT3W. The original WildPeak AT was a good performer; but the AT3W is a complete upgrade and a top performer. It pretty much is the hybrid AT/MT tire to beat as you’ve found out in this Falken Wildpeak AT3W review.
On-road or off-road; dry, wet, or snow; the Falken WildPeak A/T3W pushes the bar of how an AT tire should perform. It checks all the right boxes—from capability to reliability. And yes, its price tag is affordable.
If you’re looking to get new tires for your SUV or truck, you wouldn’t go wrong with the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. It should be at the top of your shopping list.