Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Review & Rating
- Dry, wet and winter traction
- Off-road performance
- Ride comfort
- Tread life
Crossovers, SUV’s and soft-roaders are an increasingly popular vehicle option, and while many of them will never head anywhere tougher than the mall parking lot others have owners who enjoy getting the most from their off-road capabilities. Many of them come with standard road tires, though, and that places a real limit on how far away from the beaten path they can take you. With the emergence of this market segment tire manufacturers are starting to pay attention and produce rubber capable of performing well both on and off the pavement, and one of the leading offerings is the Dueler A/T Revo 2 from Bridgestone.
Optimized for trucks, SUVs and crossovers, this tire is designed to be more than capable in all conditions all year round. This sort of versatility places a lot of demands on a tire but the Revo 2 comes out swinging. If you want to be able to go anywhere, any time you feel like it, these Bridgestones should definitely be on your shortlist.
Unlike a few other new all season tires we’ve seen, the Revo 2 has a symmetric tread pattern. This doesn’t seem to harm its performance though. A heavily notched center rib contributes to directional stability and steering, while aggressively contoured blocks in the intermediate bands expel water. Open shoulder blocks both maximize grip in soft conditions and assist in getting water away from the contact area.
On dry surfaces this tire is a competent performer. It’s certainly more than capable of the sort of speeds typical for a truck or SUV. Where it really shines, though, is in the wet. The semi-stealth profile of the intermediate blocks is derived from Bridgestone’s wet racing tires, and the results are predictable; the Revo 2 is unbeatable when it comes to evacuating water and maintaining contact with even the wettest road surfaces.
Off-road performance is workmanlike if not exceptional. Its all-terrain design means the Revo 2 doesn’t have the grip of a proper mud tire, but the rigid, open shoulder blocks make the most of what it has. If you want to do some moderate off-roading, or you need to drive on unfinished tracks in typical winter weather, they’ll get you where you want to go. In really deep snow or wet deep mud they might struggle a bit, but the sipe design maximizes the number of cutting edges to give good performance in light snow or slush.
Cornering – Steering
The Revo 2 is designed for heavy vehicles and the design emphasis is on a rigid tread to handle the weight. The center rib and heavy shoulder blocks give good cornering performance, well above average for a tire with this level of off-road ability.
The open shoulders let the Revo 2 punch well above its weight when it comes to driving in winter conditions. Slush is evacuated as easily as water, and the big blocks bite nicely into snow to keep the car pulling in conditions that would defeat many on road-only all-season tires. The high-grip compound also earns its keep on ice. The circumferential groove design plays a big part in maintaining directional stability on icy roads, too.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
We didn’t expect a lot in terms of comfort from these tires, because their heavy block design looked like it was going to be noisy. It was certainly a surprise when we got going and found that they were barely louder than a lot of the much less versatile tires you’ll find in the market today. Ride comfort was above average too, and not just the average for all terrain tires. These really do give you a relaxing ride on long journeys without compromising their adventurous image.
The UTQG rating of 500 suggests these tires should be good for around 50,000 miles. Bridgestone has added two useful features to maintain performance as the tires wear. Dual Layer Tread uses treads made of laminated compounds. Wear on the tread exposes high-grip rubber, which maintains wet weather performance even with less depth available. The rugged DuraTech compound protects the Revo 2 from excessive wear caused by rough ground, using a high durability compound that resists chipping and tearing. Overall tread life isn’t quite as long as we’d like to see for this price, but it certainly isn’t bad.
The Bridgestone Revo 2 comes with a 50,000 mile treadwear warranty.