Firestone Destination MT2 Review
The second generation of the Firestone Destination MT tire, the MT2 has plenty going for it, not least of which is its attractive price point.
- Impressive grip in loose earth and mud
- Quite affordable
- Surprising wet weather performance
- Added security of the 3-ply sidewall
- Not easy to find
- As expected, a bit loud
A conventional design for a mud terrain tire, it features four “rows” of tread lugs arranged in a pattern to help chew into loose gravel, dirt, sand and mud, and then spit that same surface back out. The lugs are big and long, with the void spaces significant and deep. And as one might expect, the tread lugs use a unique design on the side to help eject stones and mud. This feature serves a dual purpose. First, it helps evacuate the loose ground so the tire can dig in on the next rotation and keep moving you forward. Second, it prevents rocks from sticking between the tires, which can not only limit traction, but lead to premature tread wear.
Another feature of the tire designed to help in deep mud is the unique sidewall tread design, which gives additional grip when you need it, while also adding an extra layer of protection against side-punctures and slashes.
Made with a new compound, the updated design also features 20% more edges, to help cut into any loose surface. Overall, this might be the single largest improvement to the tire.
The new compound does, however, also show specific benefits in wet weather grip. The tire doesn’t feature any circumferential grooves to help evacuate water, so like many mud-terrain tires, its on road performance in standing water isn’t great, but it does offer much improved grip on slick roads.
Finally, a point that’s always worth noting for an off-road tire, it comes with a 3-ply sidewall to help prevent against cuts to the side of the tires, which is always a serious thread when you’re heaving over and around sharp rocks. This robust sidewall also allows it to be aired up and down easily without damaging the tire.
If there are drawbacks to this tire, it is a touch loud (which to be fair, is always expected on any mud terrain tire) and maybe the oddest issue we have is that they are just hard to find. Many retailers just don’t carry them and they’re not even easy to find online – even on Amazon. To help solve that issue, we recommend our partner at TireRack, which does carry an impressive selection.
While these tires are not a top performer in their class, they’re incredibly affordable, sometimes retiling for 50% less than competitor tires. Often to get that type of a savings you have to purchase a discount tire brand. Thankfully, Firestone is anything but. And you’re not just buying the name, you get the added benefits of the brand’s impressive warranty
Firestone Destination MT2 Price
Pricing for the Destination MT2 starts at roughly $230 for a 15-inch tire and goes up to around $570 for a 22-inch tire, making this a rather affordable Mud Terrain tire.
Firestone Destination MT2 Warranty
Firestone does not back the Destination MT2 with any sort of treadwear warranty – which is typical of almost all MT tires. It is, however, protected by the brand’s Gold Pledge Limited Warranty, which guarantees against issues in materials and workmanship with a guarantee to replace the tire during the first 3 years of ownership or 4 years since the tire was manufactured. After then and up to 5 years from the date or purchase (6 years from the date of manufacture), Firestone will replace the tire on a pro-rated basis. Plus, like all Firestone tires, the Destination MT2 is backed with a 90 day Buy and Try guarantee.
Firestone Destination MT2 Sizes
How Long do Firestone Destination Tires Last?
In terms of the Firestone Destination MT2 tire, you should expect to get roughly 40,000 miles if properly maintained and rotated, although some owners report achieving over 50,000 miles.
What Ply is the Firestone Destination MT2?
The Firestone Destination MT2 comes with a durable 3-ply sidewall for added protection from cuts and slashes our on the trail. This added level of strength makes for tires that are also able to handle repeatedly being aired up and down without impacting tire structure or life.
As for the tire’s load rating, it is a 10-ply or Load E rated tire.