Are Hybrid Tires Worth It For Your Truck Build?

May 3, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Hybrid Truck Tires

When it comes to life, people love choices - it's why you can take a quick stroll through your local auto parts store and find literally no shortage of 12 different brands of the same oil type for your pickup, from all sorts of companies. The same can be said about tires, and choosing the right tire for your application can be very tough to do - we get it. And in today's blog, we're rolling down the highway to find out if hybrid tires are really worth it for your build.

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How Did Hybrid Truck Tires Come To Be?

Enough about wheels and tires right now, though - let's talk specifically about hybrid tires. According to some of the most recent numbers that we've heard, consumers purchased somewhere between 2.5 billion (with a b, 'Billion') tires in 2021. That's a lot of rubber, and while a large majority of this is in the passenger car market, there are still a huge number of tires purchased for the truck game too.

While there are certainly a ton of options for truck tires these days, this wasn't always the case. Let's hit the rewind button for a second and take you all the way back to 1845, when the first pneumatic tire was invented by a guy named Robert William Thomson. See, back then rubber tires were all made of solid rubber - while Thomson's air-filled tire worked great, it was way too expensive for the average consumer and never caught on.

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It wouldn't be until 1888 when a Scottish inventor patented a design for a pneumatic rubber tire, but this wasn't for a car at all - it was for a bicycle. The designs of these tires wouldn't catch on for another seven years in the automotive industry until a guy that you might have heard of - Andre Michelin - was the first to use a pneumatic tire on a car. Obviously, we don't want to bore you with a history lesson on the industry, but it's important to understand how these tires came to be.

What Are The Different Kinds of Truck Tires?

Over the years, truck tires were really just divided into three categories. You first had highway tires, which is what you'd find on most OEM trucks. You'd have an all-terrain tire, most notably the BFGoodrich KO2, and then of course you have the fiendishly loud and rather complicated mud tires. This would be the case for a number of years, with companies always tweaking and changing and trying new designs, always trying to make the best tire they could.

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As truck tire consumer demand grew, there became a growing need for a tire that both looked good and functioned well - drivers wanted tires that would have enough lug and sidewall bite to get you out of a sticky situation, but also rode smoothly and was quiet on the road, all while giving you good gas mileage. Thus, the hybrid tire was born.

2022 Ford Bronco with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires installed

Features and Performance Capabilities of Hybrid Truck Tires

The definition of a hybrid tire is, well - there really isn't one. It seems like everyone makes hybrid tires just a little differently than the next brand, but in high-level terms, what you'll find is that hybrid tires are combinations of a mud tire and an all-terrain tire. They just took them and stuffed them in a martini shaker, then shook them around, and boom - here's a Ridge Grappler.

Hybrid tires feature a much more closed center tread pattern than that of a mud tire, but they still have significantly bigger and deeper tread blocks and voids than those of all-terrain tires. This helps the tire be the best of both worlds - hybrid tires ride well and give you plenty of mileage, but they also have the traction you need if you find yourself in bad situations like mud, sand, snow, or dirt.

2021 Jeep Gladiator with Radar Renegade tires installed

What Are The Best Hybrid Truck Tires Available Today?

For a long time, the hybrid tire game was owned by the Nitto Ridge Grappler, and even today, it's a solid option if you're looking for an all-around Swiss Army Knife style tire for your truck. With that said, though, over the last 18 years - and really even more so over the last 18 months - we've seen a ton of hybrid tires pop up in the market. Big brands like Toyo, Mickey Thompson, Radar, and many more have brand new hybrid tires that look awesome and have been performing well in all the tests.

One of our favorite tires out of this new crop is the Radar Renegade RT - this bad boy is a pretty new tire in terms of overall hybrids, but it goes off with a straight bang. It's got parallel aggressive center tread blocks, plenty of voids to get any water or dirt out of your way if you find yourself off the pavement, and it has a rad sidewall design that looks damn good.

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One thing to keep in mind, though, when it comes to hybrid tires is that not all of them are designed the same way. They're not all created equally because there is no standard on what makes a hybrid tire a hybrid tire. So, you'll find all sorts of different tread patterns and designs and tread depth and things of that nature. Because of this, we do recommend shopping around to see which tire truly fits the style that you're looking for best, and ultimately, which one will give you the performance that you're looking for.

Are Hybrid Tires Worth It For Your Truck Build?

At the end of the day, the question remains: Are hybrid tires worth it for your build?

The answer is as it always is - it really depends. If you're looking for a solid daily driver type tire that you know will have your back if you find yourself in a sticky situation, but still ride smooth and quiet down the highway, a hybrid tire might be for you. And we have plenty of hybrid tire models in our inventory right now for you to pick from - check them out and let us know if we can help in any way!

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