Best Wheels for Offroading

4x4 Off-Road Wheel Buyers' Guide

The best type of wheels for off-roading are typically an all-terrain style wheel that is capable of handling varied terrain. All-terrain wheels are ideal for off-roading because they offer a more aggressive tread pattern, which provides better traction in many different types of terrain.

Off-road wheels will usually have a higher profile and more aggressive tread pattern than on-road tires to provide more traction. Offroad wheels also vary in width, the more narrow the wheel is the faster it will be because there are less moving parts on the axle. The wider the wheel is, the better it will be in deep mud, sand and snow. On the other hand, a narrower wheel will offer better acceleration and decreased weight. The width of the tire can also vary and narrow tires are typically faster but more prone to slippage when driving on surfaces with varying traction.

A higher profile wheel will provide more stability in rough terrain and provide less slippage on tough climbs.
The best type of high profile wheels for off-roading can be a bit of a tricky topic to cover. This is because there are many different types of high profile tires that can be used for this purpose. For example, the Maxxis Bighorn MT90 might not work as well as the Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ’s on your Jeep Wrangler. It really comes down to what you need. If you are just driving around in your neighborhood then the Maxxis will work just fine. However, if you’re driving through deep mud and the like then the Mickey Thompson will work better. So the best type is really up to what you need.

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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