Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 is a newest addition to Bridgestone’s all-terrain family. The company invested a lot of technological solutions to make these tires into versatile monsters that provide great traction wherever they go.
Let’s focus on these technologies and try to understand how they work and whether they genuinely improve the quality of driving in all possible terrain types, as Bridgestone claims.
How are they made?
Since it’s an all-terrain tire we’re talking about, it’s bound to be durable and strong. And the manufacturer did their best job insuring you won’t puncture them over the very first pebble.
This material is also pretty soft by design – all to improve the off-road navigation. But it also contributes to the flimsiness of sidewalls. There are lots of thin regions, and even though they won’t fall apart from overstressing, it’s very possible that well-aimed debris will damage them. So, they aren’t perfect – but at least they are quiet and soft.
The base is made from durable steel components, and then they are further enclosed into two layers of soft polyester. It doesn’t sound too promising, but the materials are all highly resistant to wearing off and impact.
So, it’s unsurprising that Bridgestone promises over 60,000 worth of mileage and even 30 days of satisfaction warranty – meaning that, in case you didn’t like them in the first month, you can always request a refund.
However, it’s their tread that needs the most attention – they’ve dumped a lot of top-tier technology into making sure you drive comfortably wherever possible.
The whole complex of technologies is called Traction Claw. The principle used to position treads here is called the ‘groove stepping’. It implies that central and shoulder grooves support and strengthen one another. It leads to better control and also reduced wear from the road.
So, when the pattern comes together during driving, the positioning of all elements gives you great handling. Moreover, they didn’t forget about symmetry, and the tread wears off gradually and evenly.
On dry surfaces, the tread obviously behaves great. It’s spiced up with many little traction claws, hence the decent traction and short braking distance. These same claws also benefit the grip on wet surfaces. They also help in winter, but to a slightly lesser degree. There are special solutions for challenging elements.
Traction in different situations
And what about hydroplaning? Most of the water escapes through circumferential grooves (big straight ones) and then through shoulders. That’s also where they put open slots and volume steps to improve the traction specifically in water.
The numerous claws benefit the grip once again in snow and water, but that’s also where sips come into play. There are many of them all over the tread, and because of them you can maintain a much better grip on slippery surfaces, all the way to ice (not as good, however).
But what about off-road grip? Off-road, these tires shine the most. There are several reasons why they are so good. The tread pattern on these is basically a collection of very deep cavities. On mud and other awkward surfaces, they positively dig their way through.
The general softness also helps, and the shoulders improve the grip in mud and similar terrain very much, all thanks to their leg composition. In general, only the worst environments (like bogs) are able to defeat these tires.
Do they last long?
Bridgestone are Japanese, and they rarely lie about their warranty. They did their best covering all the weak spots, and really only a very random hit can puncture them even in the sidewalls. Even with that in mind, they last for a very long time. And the promised 60,000 miles are really just an average amount.
Moreover, Bridgestone did you a courtesy by introducing wear indicators. You can’t see them on new treads, but if you drive in them long enough, you will notice stripes where the grooves were supposed to be. If you can see them, then it’s about time you change the tires.
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 tires drive decently on all possible surfaces. It is an all-terrain model, and it’s supposed to be good. However, since you pay good money for them, they better be virtually perfect. And this statement fits these treads nicely. They do have some flaws, but you’ll have a good time driving in them.
On another note, Revo 3 treads are soft, quiet and generally comfortable. A good advice would be to deflate them just a bit, because if they are wood-rigid, it defeats the whole point of soft all-terrain treads.
They are absolutely worth buying. In comparison to other popular A/T models, they might be a bit worse, but it’s not a big deal in the great scheme of events.