When most of us think about all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), we tend to think of them as strictly a recreational toy, but ATVs are for more than having fun. There are many occupations requiring transport in rugged conditions; most of the time, the need is filled by off-road trucks or jeeps, and, in some cases, by horses. However, there are situations when an inexpensive ATV fits the bill. For traversing rough mountainous country a horse is ideal, but you have to have a workforce trained to ride and care for said horses, and in today’s world that ain’t gonna happen. Most people can learn to ride an ATV quickly, and you can deploy fifteen or more ATVs for the price of one truck or jeep. So ATVs have found a niche in the working world.
ATVs were designed for fun and sports; hunters use ATVs to get to deer blinds, or to take them to the forests they’re going to hunt for game. ATVs aren’t so great for packing out a buck, but you can certainly carry a small game bag on one. ATVs are also great for trail riding. If mountain biking isn’t your thing, try taking an ATV over the trails instead.
However you use your ATV, there are a couple of things you need to remember: an ATV is just like a motorcycle when it comes to protecting the rider – it doesn’t. Wear a helmet when you ride one. If you don’t, at least carry an organ donor’s card – that way, when you crash, somebody else will get a chance to live.
Second, your tires are super important to the stability and safety of your ATV. Worn tires are an open invitation to crashing, so maintain your tires and replace them when they become worn. It’s much more important to maintain the tires on your ATV than on your car – a worn tire on a car will last much longer under normal traffic conditions than a worn tire on an ATV. The car isn’t riding over rocks, branches, downed trees, or on treacherous terrain, but your ATV is, and a blowout is much more likely, and much more likely to be fatal.
With that being said, cost becomes an issue; tires for your car are expensive, so you look for long-lasting tires for the lowest price when you replace them. ATV tires wear out under heavy use, and replacing them can become cost-prohibitive, unless you look for cheap tires. You can find quality ATV tires for the same price or less than the tires for your car if you shop around. Here is a list of the top ten best cheap ATV tires for 2016:
10. ITP Mud Lite AT Mud Terrain ATV Tire 25×10-12
This tire has a unique center tread design, giving a ride like a radial tire on your car. The lugs are ¾ inch; and the tire is sized for most late-model high-performance sport ATVs.
The tire is a 6-ply mud tire designed for trail use, and it slings mud with the best of them.
Costs about the same as a mid-range radial.
09. Kenda K284 ATV Tire – 20X7-8
One of the most popular replacement tires for ATVs. Each tread knob is reinforced, to provide the rider with superior cornering and tracking.
These tires are puncture-resistant, reducing the likelihood of flats or blowouts
Cost is similar to an inexpensive radial tire.
08. ITP Mud Lite AT Mud Terrain ATV Tire 25×8-12
This is a second offering from ITP. The tire is smaller than the first tire reviewed, but this is the only real difference between the two. The tires are made with the same design specifications and produced with the same quality, just for a smaller wheel.
Cost is less than the 25×10-12 tire, but higher than the Kenda.
07. Kenda Bearclaw K299 ATV Tire – 25X8.00-12
A different model from Kenda. The tread design is different, with angled knobs on the side to provide maximum tractions, and center lugs down the center of the tire gives greater control in steering, as well as extra traction.
More expensive than the previous Kenda, it costs about the same as the smaller ITP.
06. Kenda Bearclaw K299 ATV Tire – 25X10.00-12
A larger version of the previous Kenda Bearclaw, It has all the same features as the smaller model.
It costs more than the smaller Kenda, but less than the ITP.
05. Kenda K299 Bear Claw ATV Bias Tire – 24×11.00-10
A different tire in the Bear Claw line, this tire is constructed on the bias, as opposed to straight of grain, The tire features the same angled side knobs and center lugs, for maximum traction and greater control, but is tubeless, and has a 6-ply construction.
The cost is equivalent to the Kenda Bear Claw K299.
04. ITP Mud Lite AT Mud Terrain ATV Tire 25×11-10
This is a bigger version of the ITP Mud Lite tire described in a prior review. It has all the same features as the other ITP tire, but costs more, as it’s a larger size.
03. ITP Mud Lite AT Mud Terrain ATV Tire 24×8-12
A smaller wheel base than the previously reviewed tires; it has all of the same specifications as the previously reviewed tires.
The only difference is size and cost. A smaller tire, it costs less than the 25-inch models; it’s priced around the same range as the Kenda Bear Claw K299.
02. Carlisle HD Field Trax ATV Tire – 22.5X10-8
This tire by Carlisle has a smaller tread size on an 8-inch base. This is a turf tire, as opposed to a trail tire. It is used quite frequently as replacements on lawn tractors, as the tires give great traction on turf even on wet grass. They do not clog with turf clumps, unlike other turf tires. The tires provide a smooth ride and superior traction. They also work for some off-turf uses, such as hauling firewood from the forest.
These are the most expensive tires in the list; they cost comparably to a mid-to-high range radial.
01. Kenda K284 K284 ATV Tire – 21X8-9
Another Kenda K284 tire. The design and features are the same as for the smaller Kenda K284. This tire is slightly larger, and slightly more expensive.
These ten tires are the best cheap tires available. The three manufacturers listed are known for quality, and the tires are long-lasting. For the price, any of these tires that fit your ATV are a good buy, giving you the best tire for the least amount of money.