TreadWright: The Best Tire we have ever used!

We recently starting using TreadWright Guard Dog Mud terrain tire on our flagship 2015 Toyota 4runner.


TreadWright is a true blue American company based out of Houston Texas.  They use a process called re-casting tires where they take old casings from used tires, and apply freshly recycled rubber and press it into the molds they use for making their specific tire.

This is the exact same process as all other manufactures, only this way we get a tire that is made of 80% recycled material and a fraction of the cost.

We are currently running a 285/70r/17 tire on the 4runner.  In a short amount of time we have managed to put on some 10K miles, yes we drive a lot, but the truck is my daily driver.

After 10K miles with regular rotations every 5k miles we have noticed very little wear, especially for a mud terrain tire.  I am personally hoping to get 50k out of these tires, which would be amazing.

So we will break it down into on and off road performance

On road:

With over 85% of our miles being on road we were a little hesitant to put on such aggressive mud terrain tires thinking they would wear quickly.  So far we have been pleasantly surprised.  The Guard Dogs are loud, with a little higher pitch noise than other mud tires, but that is to be expected as aggressive as they are. Other than that they balance rather well and provide a very smooth ride for our daily commute to and from work.

Off-Road:

We have put these tires through a beating.  Mud, sand, slick rock and even lava rock in Utah at full psi!  So far they have been nothing but spectacular. Coming from the world of all terrain tires I can comfortably say that we will be using a mud tire from now on and a mud tire from TreadWright at that.  The grip is just immense, especially when aired down.  The ride is sublime even over the most rugged terrain, giving us the confidence to move quickly and safely down the trail.  They also look bad-ass to! Fitting the aesthetic bill as an aggressive mud tire.

For us though they check all of the boxes with the sustainability and the fact they are made in America!  As overlanders we owe it to the world to be as conscious in our endeavors as possible.  We are driving vehicles and burning fuel in the woods after all.

For me the ability to use a tire that is recycled is a no brainer and a huge bonus.  Tire waste it becoming a true problem domestically and internationally as tires fill our landfills.  Other companies could take a note from TreadWright and their promise of sustainability.  They are a company we will continue to due business with in the future and a company we stand behind for many reasons beyond the product itself.  I can only hope you will to! 

For more information please visit Treadwright.com

My Relentless weekend!

My Relentless weekend!

One amazing weekend that has led to such a great partnership, read about what started it all!

Expanding the Horizon

Expanding the Horizon

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Beyond getting out into new and exciting places, one of the most satisfying things an overlander can do is sharing their passion for the outdoors and nature with those they care about most.

As some readers and fans of Overlanding USA may know I recently got engaged to the love of my life and moved 2000 miles across this great country to alas Vegas. Both of these events have opened up so many doors for exploration of new places and with new people! The weekend of Jan 23-24 proved to be the culmination of this amazing journey.

The plans for the weekend were spontaneous, a trip to the mountains to catch the last of the melting snow and the first expedition of the year. I use the term expedition loosely as it was a weekend camping trip after all!

What wasn't spontaneous, however was the plan to take my future brother in law and his two friends along with us. We spend a majority of the Friday before scrounging up tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags none of which were truly rated for the cold weather we were to encounter. Never the less we pressed on!

The plan was to leave at 2 pm on Saturday, hopefully arriving at camp with time to set up before dark. The destination was one I was familiar with in a sense. Mormon Well Rd is a stretch of 50 miles of dirt, rock and snow that cuts across the desert of North Las Vegas and over the Sheep Mountains that reach to some 10,000 feet.

Half way through the trail lies Desert Pass Campground, a collection of primitive campsites where we would stay for the night! The route takes about an hour to travel and is best described as a poorly graded gravel/dirt road with the final stretch into the campground being covered with up to 5 inches of snow. This however had turned into a slushy mud pit due to the continuous melt of the snow.

We arrived at camp with around an hour to spare. As we started to set up the weather decided to take a turn for the worse spitting down a frigid combination of snow, sleet and rain making set up for our new to camp life companions set up just a little more difficult.

The weather would change soon, however leading to the most beautiful display of stars I have seen in some time!

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Getting to sit around a fire eating soup and having a few snows chilled beers was exactly what everyone needed. It was one of the most satisfying feelings, to watch people enjoy themselves out in nature! As the night grew on we played card games, told stories and joked on one another before deciding to head off into that deep sleep one only gets from sleeping with Mother Nature!

That night it got down to around 20 degrees, we were very comfortable in our Geo Adventure Gear roof top tent snuggled down in our 0 degree sleeping bag high up off of the frozen ground. The same thing cannot be said for our friends, as they made sure to express the next morning!

When camping with friends I wholeheartedly believe you need to get them into nature as much as possible, this is what helps with the experience, but still close enough to be back home without much difficulty. This was very present on this trip. Everyone had a great time but our new to camp life friends were not as well prepared for the following morning.

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We rushed the pack up a little as most things were frozen solid. We packed everything back into our trusty Toyota 4Runner and them into their classes 01 tj wrangler and make it down the mountain post haste!

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The pace back reminded me more of Baja racing than Overlanding as we practically flew down the desert road. All in all it was a tremendous experience. As we got back home, we were able to share the story of the weekend with the small gathering at my future in-laws house as we watched the NFL conference championship games. Getting to hear everyone speak of the experience so fondly only made me want to turn around and go back! The wanderlust continues!

#WeMustGo

#WeMustGo

“For the love of adventure we must go!” If you have ever visited the Overlanding USA website it is the first thing you have seen, but what does it mean?
Overlanding for us is a lifestyle, like it is for many of you. Overlanding can be many things to many different people, weather its difficult trails, a simple camping trip, or getting to travel across the country and the memories you make along the way, Overlanding is what you make it!
For me Overlanding is an escape, an escape from the everyday into the beautiful and unknown. Into the experience of the lifetime, just you and the people you choose to share it with weather they have 2 feet or 4 paws!
Here at Overlanding USA we want to build the overland community through communication. Communication of where you go and who you share the journey with! We have decided to take our chief slogan and turn it into a hashtag that can be used to allow you to share where you go and who you go with! #WeMustGo is a campaign to allow all of you in the Overlanding USA community to share where you and how you choose to overland!
The concept is simple! Get your official #WeMustGo sticker, slap it on your rig and take us all with you! Simply tag your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter posts with #WeMustGo and we will share it on The Overland Network page! Share your adventures with your fellow Overlander!