Originally Posted by Kasta
I am looking for tires that performs well on pavement (wet or dry) as well as in snow and are not extremely noisy at highway speeds. I don't drive in dirt, rocks or sand at all, not counting a gravel road. I will also put my chains on the front tires if the snow is heavy, mostly so I can avoid other cars sliding on the road, but I don't want to have to put them on in just a few inches when I am driving around town.
I have been doing some research and have looked at BFG Rugged Trails and Rugged Terrains, Bridgestone Dueler Revo 2's, Nitto Terra Grapplers and Kelly Safari ATRs as well as a few others. The main problem I am having is that most of the reviews I have looked at say they don't perform well in snow or on wet roads even though they are advertised as all-terrain tires that are excellent in wet/snow conditions. They either slide easily in the rain or the tread patterns fill in with snow making them perform as if they were bald.
I'm piling on late to this thread, but figure it may help someone down the road (as I presume you have already made a tire decision at this point...). The best tire that I have experience with that fits your intended use is the BS Dueler Revo 2. The worst was a Toyo Open Country (slippery in wet snow and less than confidence inspiring when towing a trailer). But, in fairness to Toyo, they have a newer version of that tire now that may be improved. Now, I'm new to the Xterras so the lighter weight and smaller wheel base of these vehicles may not place the same demands on a tire that my experience provides. See below for more background so you can compare use cases for applicability to you, if interested...
I live in the PNW where the roads are wet as often as they are dry for about 6 months a year. I have 30 years experience driving in wet and snowy mountain terrain, and have owned 3 Chevy Suburbans, several pickups, a Ford Excursion, and an Explorer - most of them 4WD. I needed the larger vehicles while the kids were home to haul everyone to the mountains and tow a 30' toy hauler. We are avid skiers so spend almost every winter weekend in the mountains (dodging inexperienced drivers
). The snow in the PNW is not typically of the dry variety found in UT and CO (driven throughout ID, MT, UT, CO many times). Because our temperatures hover around freezing, the snow tends to be very wet, and very slippery. In these conditions the Revo 2 is my all-time favorite. I haven't driven on the other tires that you asked about, so can't comment on those (but FWIW, the service mgr at my local Nissan shop has owned a couple Xterras and he swears by BFGs for all around on- and off-road performance and drivability). Also, even though I love the Revo 2s, I doubt that I will install them on my Xterra because I need a more aggressive tread pattern that will expel mud more readily on the sloppy logging and approach roads around the Northwest. But for predominantly wet, dry, gravel, and snowy *road* driving my experience with them has been great. And they are relatively quiet on the road. The Open Countrys and other AT tires I have used were not... Hope this helps.