Kenda Klever R/T
Four Wheeler|April 2021
Is this rugged-terrain right for you?
Jered Korfhage

If you’re gonna shell out top dollar for a tire, you might expect a commensurate increase in its performance. What if that increase in performance could be had without paying more? According to Kenda, it’s possible with the Klever R/T.

What is an R/T Tire?

Somewhere between mud-terrain and all-terrain tires sits the “tweener” category named rugged-terrain (R/T). Here’s the scoop: R/T tires mix the on-road characteristics you love about all-terrain tires with the off-road strengths typical of your favorite mud-terrains. Some R/Ts come rated for severe snow service, while others tout longer tread life and low road noise. No matter the combination, R/T tires are worth a look, and Kenda’s Klever R/T is no exception.

Putting the Klever R/T To Work

We chose a set of 35x12.50R17LT Klever R/Ts for our two-door ’17 Wrangler. Even though the Jeep is often loaded with 500-plus pounds of tools, fuel, food, and gear for extended trips, we knew we’d come nowhere near exceeding the 3,195-pound load-carrying capacity of the E-rated tires. We found the driver-side tires required three ounces apiece to balance, the passenger side each took six ounces, and we settled on 35 psi for our street pressure. Before they were dirty (and that didn’t take long), we examined the Triple-Threat three-ply sidewalls and determined how much air we’d have to let out to achieve a noticeable bulge. Without Beadlock wheels, we were comfortable running the tires at about 12-15 psi while off-road. From the curb, the Klever R/T’s good looks also captured and held our attention with its repeating rectangular block pattern adorning the shoulders and sidewalls.

Once we were able to stop ogling the tires in their shiny state, we put ’em to work. Normal activities for the Jeep involve 800-mile weekend jaunts into the mountains chasing climbing and skiing destinations as well as multi-thousand-mile journeys mixing hard-core trails, variable weather, and lengthy highway stints; tasks sure to suss out just how well the Klever R/Ts handle rugged terrain.

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