Falken WildPeak AT3w Detailed Review


Falken Wildpeak AT3w provides the best purpose of an all terrain tire. It’s gets you through tough terrains off road and at the same time, provides you a smoother and very gripping ride on highways. The tire focuses on every thing and provides some of the features which you don’t see anywhere else. That’s why this tire got so popular without company investing a lot. We are going to cover all those factors here.

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Falken Wildpeak AT3w used to come stock on Rubicon.

As an tire engineer, who test AT tires a lot, I can tell you that you can never go wrong with Falken Wildpeak AT3w. With this tire, the company focused on wet wear and winter performance, and I have to tell ya, it really nails it the first two “W”. I’ll talk about wear in a sec, as it’s slightly complicated. It offers amazing wet traction on pavements and at the same time has multiple biters to help it crawl on the toughest terrains out there. The Falken Wildpeak AT3w is simply the best of both worlds.

And after a lot of consideration, and looking at almost all other A/T tires out there, I finalized that this tire deserves the top position in my extensive list of best all terrain tires.

Things you can not miss on this tire (The Good and the Bad):

  • Falken Wildpeak AT3w is the king of wet roads and rocks. The tire provides off the charts values there.
  • It’s 3PMSF rated, and it provides ample traction there as well.
  • The tire’s dry handling steering response could improve a little bit, and same would go with wear (but this depends on so many factors).

For Your Info: The Wildpeak A/T3w is being replaced by the new A/T4W.
Review the successor here: All New Falken Wildpeak AT4w Review.
Compare both tires: Falken Wildpeak AT4w vs AT3w.

Tread Appearance

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The killer looks of the wide shoulder blocks of Falken Wildpeak AT3w is not just for show, though it helps.

The Falken Wildpeak AT3w has a very unique design. It’s tread is taken up by a lot of real estate, with shoulder blocks which make wide and deep longitudinal channels.

These shoulder blocks provide most of the wet and lateral traction, which the tire is so famous for.

These have full depth interlocked sipes which make it’s blocks flexible in rain and winter.

The central area are closely packed slightly and is filled with sharp notches all over the tread.

On the sidewalls, things get interesting for this tire, as they have very biting lugs which provide impressive rock traction (discusses it in it’s section below).

Also mud, although is not a strong suit for an all terrain tire, Wildpeak does okay, as it has the deepest tread you’ll ever find in any of the popular ones out there.

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Compare Falken Wildpeak AT3W With Others

Total sizes

The Falken Wildpeak AT3w provides you a lot of sizes and they come with all sorts of load ranges. Talking about rim sizes they are currently coming in 15″,16″,17″,18″,19″,20″,21″ and even 22″

The most sizes come in 17 inches.

In total the tire provides you with 76 sizes currently (I’ll update once any of this changes).

In 22 inches, there is currently just one size available 285/45R22, and its also only in XL load rating, and it has the smallest of all tread depth of 12/32″.

(Quickly learn how to read tire sizes).

Also if we talk about tread depth, the smallest after that 22″, is 13/32″ and they come in a few sizes, only one in 15″ and a couple in 16 and 17 and on two sizes in 20.

Other sizes go up to 19/32″ in tread depth, which is a lot. In fact this much is mostly seen on the mud terrain tires.

The load rating ranges up to all the way to F.

And the weight is seen as little as 35 lbs and it goes up to as much as 79.4 lbs (in 37×12.50R18LT, rated E, best for extreme off roading).

And yes worth reminding, the tire comes with UTQG of 660 A B.

Dry Performance

The on road performance is jaw breaking, and it really surprises you as the tire’s appearance tells you otherwise.

It’s sharp biters and wide spacing between all its ribs, which does not provide as much contact with the pavement, still have the capability to give you ample traction.

On pavements, the only room for improvement I see is it’s steering response, I discussed below.

Dry Traction

Dry traction is basically a mixture of a lot of other factors, but two main ones are grip and handling. The grip of a tire is calculated by stopping it from a specific distance, or in my case 50mph. The handling is calculated by how well the tire covers specific distance in terms of time (both in straight and curvy laps).

Falken Wildpeak AT3w is very impressive on the dry. The tire provides a very nice lateral stability, where you understand that the car is in control, even when pushed to the limits.

The only thing an expert driver would feel with these boys (on highway curves), would be the steering response. They are not too communicative in terms of responsiveness.

The slight steering changes takes a bit of time to inspect, as the feedback is slower. But that’s something which can be overlooked, given how aggressive the tires looks. I personally like the overall ride firmness and the g forces it gives on corners.

Wet Traction

The more aggressive the tire gets, the more wet capabilities it loses. That’s why when you look at Mud terrain tires, they provide little to no wet traction.

And in case of All Terrain tires, although there are some which provide very nice traction, they are mostly just good on roads.

The Falken Wildpeak makes a very nice compromise between these two areas, it’s not even a compromise, they perform really well on wet and off road as well.

Under normal conditions in heavy rain, these tires won’t engage the traction control of your truck, even once.

This credit goes to it’s massive shoulder blocks which have very interconnected sipes. These sipes all full depth and they are a lot in number and as the tire corners, these sipes open and close according to the g forces, enhancing stability and grip.

The water underneath have no chance to go anywhere, as these slits create up a suction and clear water from the tire’s path.

Wildpeak also provides 2 different siping designs and they both work with the tire’s high density silica to provide off the charts performance on wet asphalts.


Another aspect of wet highway traction is hydroplaning, which simply tells you, how fast you can go over standing water without floating or losing traction.

That’s why it’s measured with float speeds. The water needs gaps to move out of the tire and Falken Wildpeak AT3w provides the deepest tread in the category so there is ample spacing for water to gush out.

These tires do pretty well on both straight as well as or cornering, with no hydroplaning. You simply don’t find the need to slow down with these tires.


Noise is an another on road component which has gets a big share in overall ride quality, and Falken Wildpeak AT3w tackles it in a very cool way.

All of the tire’s blocks are slightly differently shaped, where sometimes you can’t even notice it from the naked eye. All of these variations make different sound wave frequencies, (when air particles hit the surface). And so they all cancel each other out and minimize the noise to a maximum extent.

You can learn more about that here: Are A/T tire noisy?

Moving on…

So on road even with your windows down, you will not feel too much of a noise with these tires underneath your ride.

But make sure you keep them rotated otherwise they start making a wobbling sound right after 10k miles (especially the ones with E load rating).

Impact Comfort

One thing I don’t see anyone talk about is how comfort of a ride is so much dependent on tire’s tread depth. Hear me out.

The more the tread depth, the more the softer rubber between your ride and the pavement.

So Falken Wildpeak AT3w with it’s more than enough tread depth (which goes up go 19/32″) provide a lot of rubber area for impacts to spread and dampen out.

The tire also provides a very high polymer density and these polymers act as sponges absorbing bumps and improving your ride’s quality.

Tread Longevity

Falken Wildpeak has UTGQ rating of 600, so the tire is going to last a while.

But I have to say, the tire still does wear slightly faster, as it’s high silica density (in its rubber), make its tread softer. And softer rubber is more susceptible to burning out faster.

Also keep in mind that the heat produced during the rolling of the tire and of course during towing is also a major culprit which causes a lot of wear in a tire.

Now in order to handle these issues, the Falken Wildpeak AT3w is provided with 2 main things. One, we already discussed, tread depth, where deeper rubber takes more time to rub out.

And second, the tire has a heat related technology, where on sidewalls, the tire’s structure become a very good point for the majority of heat to get dissipated.

Both these factors allow Wildpeak to have a decent tread life span.

Fuel Efficiency

Moving form a lighter tire, say from a touring tire to all terrain tires, you are definitely going to compromise a little on fuel economy.

Fuel economy is directly proportional to the rolling resistance of the tire. The good thing is Falken Wildpeak AT3w would not give you a below average economy here. It’s rubber is optimized for that.

For Your Info: All other AT tires I reviewed, by the way, the best fuel efficiency was seen on Firestone Destination AT2. These boys really pay for themselves.


Durability of Falken Wildpeak AT3w is often under-rated. Where in fact these tire are quite durable.

When you open up these tires, you are going to see 2 polymaide layers under the rubber, under those you’ll find 2 steel belts, and under those belts, you’ll find a hard casing of 2 more layers of polyester.

This last layer of polyester also covers the sidewalls and that’s why the tire is considered “2 ply” sidewall. But let me tell you it’s actually 4 ply if you think about it, as the tire also has 2 additional layers which are dedicated to just sidewalls.

These layers are also made out of polyamide and they run around the rim protector of the tire.

In my experience I have even seen these sidewalls tearing open, and I have owned a couple of sets and test them out frequently.

Winter Performance

With a good polymer the compound of Falken Wildpeak is able to keep it’s tread from freezing up and go stiff. That’s why the tire is also rated with 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol.

Stiffness is very bad for snow traction that why winter tires exist which such spongy compound.

The strong C shaped biters of the tire also trap the snow and make a good friction as snow flakes stick better on snow.

The tire’s deeper tread also helps here with deeper snow where good deal of snow is scooped out of the tire (each of it’s shoulder block is staggered on it self).

Off Road Performance

These tires are a beast off road. The Falken Wildpeak AT3w aggressive tread really meet your expectations.

The tire’s saw tooth edges on the sides and sidewall lugs are very good at grabbing things. And it’s softer compound which helps in winter also provides stickiness enhancing friction on all terrains.

Mud Driving

Notoriously AT tires don’t do good on mud. But Falken Wildpeak is not too bad here. Even though you can not expect a mud terrain tire’s performance out of them, they are not going to do too bad.

The tire provide wide and deep outer channels and these tread voids also get interconnected with the central lateral voids.

So while the multiple notches break down the mud, the mud evacuates through these channels with a little ease.

The Sharp side bitters of the Wildpeak which have ramps make this tire a good digger.

So a scooping affect occurs with them (as well as the sidewall lugs), so mud is thrown back which pushes the tire forward. But I am talking about only light mud here.

Sand Driving

Deep sand is not a place for newbies, as driving on this terrain requires a lot of skills. I learned this the hard way.

The first thing that you do on sand, is you air down your tires. On sand, the best traction is achieved by producing more rubber to sand contact, that’s tire with minimum lugs do so good here.

For Your Info: Paddle tires are best for sand, if you ever wondered.

Falken Wildpeak AT3w is a slightly hard to move on sand, the tire’s sharp edges on the sides are good diggers. And on sand you don’t want that to happen, as you don’t want to dig, you want to make a forward momentum.

Luckily its several biters and wide lateral shoulder spacing help this tire a little bit with that, the sidewall lugs under lowered PSI also provide the scooping needed to keep you going.

But note, these tires are hard to maneuver on sloppy sand dunes.

Traction on Rocks

Falken Wildpeak AT3w is a champ on rocky terrains, In fact, after Nitto Ridge Grappler, I like this tire the most.

The tire’s stickier rubber really helps in gripping and the U shaped sidewall lugs come in handy when tire is aired down.

The tire’s full depth sipes also flex and bite the surface on a smaller scale. And it’s chamfered edges and sharp corners grab the rocks from all sides.

Also worth reminding, that during lowered pressure, most of the tires out there are going to generate a lot of heat, which damages the tire, but Falken Wildpeak offers heat differs on sides to handle this problem.

I have no seen this feature in any other tire yet.

And of course, with four ply inner constriction (as discussed above in durability) allows you to confidently take thees tires everywhere.

Although the missing stone ejectors of the tire does not provide these a good experience on gravel, especially when you get faster, but the tire has a decent chip resistant rubber which adds to it’s off road protection.

To Conclude

The Falken Wildpeak AT3w is simply awesome. And I don’t usually use that word.

This tire actually is pretty awesome as it deals with all types of terrains and at the same time, does not disappoint off-road. Plus it has impressive on road traction and comfort and provides ample snow traction and is awarded with 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake rating.

It provides features which no body does, the 2 extra ply on sides and heat diffuses really separates this tire from the crowd.

Overall, you can never go wrong with this tire, no matter you go off road or stay on highways most of your time. Reach out to me if you have any questions.

26 thoughts on “Falken WildPeak AT3w Detailed Review”

  1. Thoughts on falken at3 vs toyo at3 in terms of fuel economy? For perspective on a 2019 ford ranger, with 2.5 level kit, running 33s vs the 31s it came with and the fx4 package, I can still average 23mpg – 20mpg in city, 25mpg on highway -(live in Denver, drive to Missouri and Utah a lot) with my toyos. They are getting thin and my only concern when off-roading is lack of sidewalk protection on the toyo. Would I see a noticeable drop switching to the same size Falken AT3? Weight looks to be about 5lb difference (falken heavier). Appreciate the time and review.

    • Tire selection can be a challenging task due to the numerous variables involved, such as weight, tread design, and rubber composition, all of which can influence fuel economy.
      In case of these tires, you don’t have to worry about sidewalls on Wildpeak, they are much stronger, however, they are going to lack here in terms of fuel economy, you’re going to see a slight difference, for sure.
      Also you may wanna check out my published post on these two tires.

  2. Ozmen,

    I’m deciding between the Wildpeak and General Grabber ATX for a F150. We live in Upstate NY – snowy winters, a rainy environment during the other parts of the year, mostly on road driving. Do you have an opinion between the two for my needs? Any thoughts on treadlife or how much mileage I may get between the two tires. Thanks.

  3. Ozmen,

    Great website – I’m glad I discovered it in my research. I really appreciate the detailed descriptions and engineering reasons behind your performance reviews. Based on this review, I decided to go with the Wildpeak AT3W tires on my Tacoma TRD Off Road since it is so balanced between on and off road, and does well in inclement weather. Unfortunately for my tire size (265/70R17), the only load range they carried was E (SL with max pressure of 51 psi currently have a recall). After scouring the internet, I’m second guessing my decision to go with load range E on a Tacoma. I’m in Colorado and my truck serves a lot of purposes – in-town commuter, road trips, camping/mountain adventures (I don’t do extreme off-roading, but do some and want my tires to be strong/capable enough to get to remote places if I want), and definitely snow/rain/any weather travel. Do you think load range E is overkill for my truck? Are the tires so stiff and strong that they will not do great in snow or does that not matter since the compound is designed to not freeze?

    Lastly, do you recommend using a tire pressure calculator, when switching to a different tire size or do you still stick with the placard recommendation (for on-road travel) and do a chalk test to see how the tires are wearing?

    Thanks in advance for your time and help!

    • Hey,

      I’m thrilled to know that you’ve found my website useful in your research. Regarding your question about the E rated tires for your Tacoma, I believe that load range E might indeed be more than what you need for your typical usage. These tires are designed for heavier loads and could be a bit excessive for general driving and light off-roading.

      I recommend checking out my list of top all-terrain tires, where I’ve ranked each tire based on its specific performance attributes. This could help you find an option that’s more suited to your needs. (You can find the list from the search bar).
      Also load ratings don’t affect tread’s rubber. Though going with higher load rating, does increase tire’s weight, and that lowers fuel economy, grip (with increased momentum)…and so on…

      Regarding tire pressure, using a tire pressure calculator, I think its accurate enough. Cheers.

      • Thanks Ozmen. After becoming more educated here, I am starting to wonder if the load range E I had on my previous truck contributed to losing the rear end a couple times.

        In terms of load ratings, what would you suggest for a Tacoma that is used the way I use the truck (i.e., in town for any weather, some off-roading, winter travel, etc.)? Load range C and below? Could load range E still be used with confidence in the snow if I were to keep the pressure below about 35 psi or is it mostly related to the overall weight? Unfortunately a lot of these tires are only offered at E or SL in my size.

        I went through your list again and am gravitating toward the following:

        -Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T primarily for the snow (and overall) performance. It looks like I could get these in load range XL with a max psi of 50. Does XL still have all the benefits you describe on that review or do you lose some of the durability and off-road performance? Can you air down with XL range or do you really need an LT range to air down without worrying about durability?

        -General Grabber A/TX. These I can get in load range C. The wet traction is a bit concerning though, especially since we may be moving to the northwest in the next few years.


        I still prefer the Wildpeak AT3W tires, but do not want to compromise on safety in the snow. If there are ways to make adjustments (set psi slightly lower?) such that I could keep them and they wouldn’t be overkill and could still function as intended, let me know.

        Apologies for all the questions, but I really appreciate your feedback and expertise.

        • For your Tacoma, Load Range C tires are recommended for their balanced performance in diverse conditions. Load Range E tires, being stiffer, I think, might not be too suitable for a lighter vehicle like the Tacoma.

          Moreover, when it comes to snow traction and overall durability, Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T excels. Period.

          It also offers better wet traction compared to the General Grabber A/TX. However, the Wildpeak AT3W still has the upper hand in overall wet performance.

          So if possible, choose the Wildpeak AT3W for optimal performance, otherwise, the Baja Boss A/T in XL size won’t disappoint you either. And yes, you can air down these tires when needed.

          P.S. You may want to check out my pressure guide on A/T tires, If you’ve not seen it yet.

  4. Hey Ozman!

    Great review. I’ve been looking at these tires for a while now. I own a Ford Ranger Raptor which is driven 90% on the road and 10% at the trails on weekends when I’m mountain biking. The local weather is tropical with 2 seasons, dry and wet, with some days transitioning from zero clouds to a thunderstorm within the day. The local soil is clay, so they’re hardpack when dry and absolute, “call triple A I’m stuck” greasy slop when wet.

    My truck currently comes with the stock BFG K02 T/A tires. They’re pretty damn good and I can attest that there’s a reason they’re at the top of many A/T tire rankings, but there are many newer tires out there like this Falken that might just be better (like avoiding hydroplaning; I’ve been an unwitting volunteer for many instances with the BFG’s) and I would like your opinion on it.

    My question is, which of the 2 would you recommend? I don’t really know exactly what characteristics to look out for, but steering feel, on-road comfort, wet handling, fuel economy, and even though it’s only occasionally, off-road handling comes to mind.


    • Hey, yes I can understand, with so many A/T options, it can get overwhelming.

      That’s why I made the list of top AT tires. You can check that list over here.

      P.S. Wildpeak AT3w excels when it comes to overall wet performance. And I think this tire won’t disappoint you at all. Also sent you a detailed email on why I think that.

  5. Very detailed review .. I would probably be good to highlight that there appears to be three versions of this tire 2 atw3 versions and one at3wa

  6. Hi Ozmen, thanks for the review! I wondered if you might be able to give me more insight on highway handling? I just had these put on my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara JKU 285/70/R17 load C, on stock 17 rubicon wheels with 2.5” lift. They’ve felt great around town but when I jumped on the highway yesterday I felt pretty out of control a couple times. Felt like I was being tossed around side to side-not bumpy, more soft feeling. Worried me a bit. I really had to be on it to keep it in line—quite a bit more than my jeep previously required. TIA!

  7. Thanks for the great review! I wanted the General Grabbers AT but they don’t qualify for the buy 3, get 1 free deal and I saw the Wild Peak AT3W’s and thought they looked great. Another customer had them on and he said he really likes his. Going for it!

  8. Thanks for the review. I narrowed my search to the AT3w and Grabber ATX. If only Falken made a 275/70R18 SL, I would without hesitation buy a set for my Rado.

      • Do you have any insight into the AT4W yet?

        I need some new tires and was set on getting AT3Ws, but now I don’t know which ones to get. It worries me that Falken changed the compound in the 4’s for better towing support. I don’t want to lose wet and winter capability. Plus the 4’s are heavier.

  9. Hey Ozmen,

    I’m super thankful to have found this site! This is easily the most reliable, in-depth tire review site out there and I find your commitment to review these tires as thoroughly as you do to be incredibly valuable.

    My question for you is would you recommend the Falkens for my scenario or would you recommend something else? I just bought a 2019 F-150 and live in Wisconsin. I am buried in snow for about 5 months out of the year and will be doing mostly highway driving although I do venture onto gravel roads and rougher back roads occasionally when I go hunting. This truck is my daily driver and I will be using it for most of the road trips I will be going on in the future. I do not plan to be hauling anything often with this truck either.

    Thank you for your time and expertise!

  10. Hi Ozmen,
    I’m currently shopping for a replacement tyre for a ranger wildtrak 2.0l bi-turbo. How much less fuel economy (roughly) would I be looking at with the wildpeak at3w vs the Toyo open country at3. In an exact size comparison of Lt275/65/18. The wild peak is a 27.4kg tyre and Toyo 23kg taking into account RRC for each tyre.
    I have not been able to find any data on this in my online search and the tyre manufactures do not seem to put their tyres RRC in the specs.

    • You’re looking at 1 to 2 mph difference. But please keep in mind its a rough guess. I’m assuming average overall conditions here, including air pressure, driving roads and conditions etc.

  11. wow these are now on my list vs the yokohama geolander g015 and the hankook at3 extreme…On my 2006 mdx…I had the goodyear weatherready on new for a week and they are aweful in snow here in colorado so i have to pick another tire to replace it under the tire warranty. What one do you think?
    i drive up to mountains a few times a year to hike/snowshoe but mainly drive highway/ city…and all 3 of the tires i listed above
    falken wildpeak
    hanhook at2 extreme
    yohohama geolander g015

    seem good but i have to narrow to 1 to get soon..i have read all the reviews and cannot decide. I like long tradlife but also quiet tires and not a drop in fuel mileage so its a hard choice. anyone?


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