Driving Impressions. Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onSeptember 26th, 2015

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Then it was time us to get a demonstration drive by the instructors. They took us around a small area that showed us the capabilities of the Jeep Wranglers, but most importantly, the Defender LTX M/S. Articulation exercises, backing up downhill, hill descent techniques and much much more was covered. New England has a fairly wet climate. In fact, the day before we arrived, the organizers were worried that we would be doing the demonstrations in the soggy wet rain. Mother Nature was kind to us and the Sun was shinning for us the entire time. There was still residual mud that allowed us to really test the tires.

After a catered lunch, it was time to head up the mountain to the top of the Bolton Resort. It was an effortless drive and the tires performed well beyond expectation. You have to remember that we took what is essentially a economy focused highway tire off-road. Climbing rocks and driving through muddy ruts was and enjoyable experience. At no point did I feel uncomfortable or anxious that we were not using a true off-road tire. Even driving down hill under the tree canopy in muddy terrain was reassuring. This is where we saw the difference between a true off road tire and the Michelin Defender LTX M/S. If we were driving with BFGoodrich KO2s, I think that some of the slipping we encountered on the way down would have been reduced.

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I am pretty sold on these tires and will be looking to replace my OEM tires on my F150 with a set of these when the time comes. I hope that they come in my size.

Check out the quickly edited video below to see the Michelin Defender LTX M/S in action. Also enjoy the extensive gallery.



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