Designed for year-round all-season performance, the Sumitomo Encounter HT is built for drivers of pickups, SUV’s and commercial vans. Key features of this tire include reliable traction and handling, a comfortable ride quality and longer treadlife.
Sumitomo uses an all-season tread compound that is matched up to a symmetric tread pattern and continuous center rib. The end result is solid dry traction with quicker steering response, as well as increased cornering and handling performance.
When adventure calls, you need a tire which can provide the go anywhere, do anything capability. General all-terrain tires feature aggressive, large tread blocks to grip loose ground like mud and sand, but softer compounds for less noise on the road and better wet traction. Sumitomo Encounter AT are an entry level all-terrain tire that should offer competitive performance at great value.
Sumitomo is a long-standing tire company which can trace its roots back hundreds of years. Based in Japan, these quality tires have been a big player in the industry for decades. Encounter AT tires are designed to provide the traction causal and off-road enthusiasts look for. Large tread patterns are constructed from a specialized compound. 3D sipes and lateral grooving give the tires biting edges for slippery surfaces. Large grooves through the middle of the tire keep channel water from under the tire and should provide some resistance to hydroplaning. Sidewall tread is designed to keep stones and rocks from becoming caught up in the tread.