May 23, 2011

Cooper Tires Discoverer A/T3 Tire Review

A few weeks back I received an email from Cooper Tires asking me to be a part of the Cooper Tire's Blogger Outreach Program. As part of this program, Cooper Tires hooked me up with a set of their new Discoverer A/T3 all-terrain tires and a Flip-Cam to record my experience and thoughts. In return, They asked me to write a review and send them the video footage of the tires in action. I am really excited to be a part of this project and want to thank Cooper Tires for this opportunity. I'm going to focus mostly on how the tires handled both on and off-road so you can click on the Cooper Tires logo on the right side bar and get all the specs there.
I've had a love-hate relationship with my currant "all-terrain" tires. I think "some-terrain" would have been more honest. They did all right on the pavement but once you went off-road it wasn't if you were going to get a flat, but when. I've had the tires for a year and have had several flats while in the back country. This is one of the big reasons I jumped on this opportunity. I want to see if Cooper Tires actually made an all-terrain tire and could handle the abuse I tend to put my tires through.
I went to a local Cooper Tire dealer to get the tires put on and their customer service as fantastic! If you're in the Salt Lake City area, check them out at My excitement grew as I saw the new tires put on and how much better they made my truck look. They actually gave me an extra inch of clearance compared to what I had before. The Discoverer A/T3 has an aggressive tread for being an all-terrain tire. While I loved the way they looked, I was thinking they were going to make for loud driving on the freeway like the bigger tread tires tend to do. I was surprised however at how quite they were. They had double the tread and were still just as quiet on the road as my other tires! It was a smooth ride and they handled just fine. Utah has had a lot of rain lately and the tires stuck to the road just as they did in dry conditions.
Now lets talk about the fun stuff; Taking them off-road! I was able to put these tires through several different terrains and it handled everything in stride. I took it up and down steep rocky trails no problem. I had the same results going through deep ruts and muddy conditions. I am admittedly not a tire expert by any stretch but these tires are some of the best I've driven on. I am very impressed with how they drive both on and off-road. The Discoverer A/T3 are the first Cooper Tires I have ever owned and if all of their tires perform like these, I plan to put a set of Cooper Tires on every vehicle I own. You can read my latest review on these tires here.

The Discover A/T3


Getting the tires mounted.

Clayton's Tire Pros are outstanding!

Looking Good!


Time to take them off-road.

Lets throw a little mud on the tires.


  1. They look pretty good, have never had cooper tires on any of my vehicles. Your experience has caused me to reconsider who I will look at for the next set of tires. Good on you Rick!

  2. So Sweet Nice!!!
    Love it! I always enjoy reading about your trips;)

    Tires Florida

  3. I have had the same cooper tires for 4 seasons now and they are the best tires I have ever owned for my truck!!!

  4. Looking good man. I also love copper tires because they can endure more road challenges.

  5. What size are your Cooper tires? I'm getting some for my my Excursion with 18" KMC wheels and can't decide between two different sizes.

  6. This is really interesting. Having the best tires with you would surely help you to achieve your dream adventure.

  7. Are these tires made in USA?

  8. Tony Ryan (Australia)June 10, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Have been running Cooper ATR's on my Nissan Patrol 4 x 4 hauling a tandem axle caravan (around 6500 lbs) over much of Australia. The ATR's still had over 1/3rd original tread depth left after 50000 kilometres. Just fitted up A/T3's and expect them to be equally as good. Never suffered a puncture with the Coopers and some of the "roads" are not of a good standard, especially in Central Australian outback areas.

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