Milestar Patagonia M/T Review – 5th Gen 4Runner

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

The Tire Problem

Anyone who spends enough time behind the wheel in the driver’s seat will agree that tires are the most important aspect when it comes to vehicle performance.

Those who off-road enough will also tell you that a set of tires can make or break your day while you’re out there. Problem is, big brand tires are extremely expensive (especially more expensive when you go up in tire size) and for people who wheel on a weekly basis (like me), spending north of $1.2K every so often would be a big, big problem. Especially during COVID-19 when people’s livelihoods are negatively impacted.

Upgrading From the Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs…

With my Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs reaching 3 years and 40k miles of service that consisted of desert running, crawling, and snow wheeling, it was time for new tires.

Don’t get me wrong, the Duratracs were great; they handled everything extremely well but due to their old age and high mileage, there were lots of missing chunks resulting in loss of traction while crawling at the end of my 1800 mile expedition to Moab in September 2020. Plus, I’ve been wanting to go 285 profile instead of sticking with the stock 265 profile for a while, so I figured it was time for an upgrade when I returned from Moab.

The Tire Solution

I had a few requirements to meet when I was in the market for new tires:

  • Meets my budget (under $1K installed)
  • Mud-Terrain (for the more aggressive look)
  • Be able to handle snow
  • Not too noisy

Why Milestar Patagonia?

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

My friend at Miyaki Motorsports (@miyakimotorsports) recommended the Milestar Patagonia M/T after I returned from Moab and I brought up the tire situation while he was changing my oil. He said that he’s been running those on his personal 4×4 for years and they’ve performed extremely well, even in snow.

On top of that, these are more affordable compared to the big brands that people usually go for. After that conversation, I looked up the Patagonia tires and decided to give these a shot.

The features that sold me on the Patagonia Tires were:

  • High Void Thread Design – Promotes Self-Cleaning Capabilities
  • Integrated Stone Ejectors
  • Angled Biting Edges – Traction Enhancement
  • Complex Siping Design – Grip Enhancement
  • Center Rib – Ride Enhancement
  • 3-Ply Sidewall
  • White Lettering

Find it online (Milestar Patagonia M/T Tires):

Basic Inspection

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Upon inspection, the Patagonia M/T looks way more aggressive than the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac A/T that I had.

The tread blocks are massive and look like they mean business. The stone ejectors look integrated as well. To top it off, the white lettering looks right at home on my white 4Runner. Overall, these tires look like they mean business and are ready to go explore!

Installation Overview

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Installation is simple – have the shop install them for you!

However, as Brenan explained in the Biggest Tires on Stock 4Runner article, going 33” is a questionable fit and will require a lift, else you will suffer from massive rubbing issues and potentially break something on your rig. For me to run these 33” tires, we had to push the fender liner in (as detailed in this write-up by Brenan) and cut into the front mudflaps where tires and mudflaps touch.

No other modifications or adjustment was needed for me to run these on the trail.

Milestar Patagonia M/T Impressions

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

As previously mentioned in my BMC High-Performance Drop-In Filter article, my 4Runner is also my daily commute vehicle.

Despite wheeling it every weekend, 80% of the miles accumulated are from pavement driving and the on-road aspect was the first thing I noticed. People say mud terrains are noisy, but not these; I’ve put over 2000 miles on this set of tires through the pavement, sand, water crossing, and crawling since I bought them…

Below are my impressions of each aspect of driving:

#1. Pavement

These are QUIET on the pavement. I expected road noise on M/T as people always complain about it, but I’ve heard no road noise whether I was going speed limit or doing 80MPH. All I heard was the wind noise coming from the stuff I put on my roof rack. I am extremely impressed. Handling wise, I am now able to tackle turns at speed without braking too much or hearing tires scream. The tires just grab the road surface!

#2. Sand

Driving through deep sand was a breeze as well; I air down to 18PSI when going off-pavement, and when driving through deep sand it feels like I am gliding through instead of pushing my rig through. I was able to drive through miles of deep sand sections at high speed and even able to fully stop and take off in 2WD without any traction issue.

#3. Water Crossing

There was no slipping on the tire at all. The tires grabbed on to the riverbed and propelled the rig forward just like it was on dry land.

#4. Crawling

Crawling at 18PSI, I did Paiute Canyon Road in Lytle Creek, CA in 2WD. There were sections where we had to go through rock gardens and boulders, and the Patagonias handled all those like a champ in 2WD. I did not get stuck at all and there was no slipping while crawling through boulders.

#5. The Ride

The ride quality is also smooth on the pavement; while I had the Goodyears with the same suspension setup, the ride was on the stiffer side for some reason. Pairing the same suspension setup with the Patagonia tires, I’ve noticed that the truck rides silky smooth and absorbs the bumps and dips gracefully.

Final Thoughts

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Consider how impressed I am with the performance of these tires, I would urge my fellow 4Runner owners to consider these when shopping for new tires.

You should give these a shot if you are looking for a set of off-pavement tires that:

  • Doesn’t cost a lot
  • Looks aggressive
  • Performs great both on and off-road
  • Quiet on pavement

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

I’ve yet to test these out in the snow since it’s only October and snow season does not start in Southern California until late November or December. I will send an update once they see snow.

Snow Update

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

We enjoyed 2 days of rainstorm here in the sunny SoCal, which also meant higher elevations enjoyed a lot of fresh white powders. Because the storm didn’t happen until Monday, I had to wait a couple of days before heading into the snow to test out these M/Ts; which turned out to be a good thing because I was able to see their performance in both ice and snow. Talking about killing two birds with one stone.

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

I was worried about getting stuck in powdery snow and losing traction on ice, but none of that happened. I even tried intentionally getting stuck in the snow by flooring my gas paddle to dig myself in, but the tires just kept on propelling the truck forward. I then stopped on ice and tried to break traction, but that attempt failed miserably as well. These tires just kept me going and going.

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

These tires are not exactly brand new when I took them for a snow run. I’ve put over 5000 miles of crawling, high-speed desert running, sand carving, and commuting. Yet, they still performed as well as my friend’s A/Ts. If you’re holding out on purchasing these because you’ve heard M/Ts are not suitable for snow, rest assured that these will not disappoint you.

Milestar Patagonia M/T Superior Traction Off-Road Tires Review For the 5th Gen 4Runner

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Brent
Brent
4 months ago

How do these perform in rain? Any hydroplaning issues or do they channel water well? I have ridge grapplers now which have always been a bit tricky in the rain

Eryck
Eryck
4 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Hey Brent,
These perform great in the rain. I was actually coming down the trail yesterday when it started raining, then hailing, then snowing (in middle of May in SoCal!!!) and these performed great both on and off road. Maintained grip the whole time and in turns. I was not worried about losing traction or anything coming down the mountain.

Brent
Brent
4 months ago
Reply to  Eryck

Awesome, thanks for the info!

Eryck
Eryck
4 months ago
Reply to  Brent

anytime!

Ryan
Ryan
6 months ago

Eryck, what psi do you run these at on the road? I just got a set from Simple Tire and have had a huge issue with balancing. Tried to get them road force balanced due to steering wheel vibration, and 3 out of 5 measured above 39 lbs of road force. I’m running them at 35 psi, so I’m wondering if that is contributing to the vibration and the balancing issues.

Eryck Hung
Eryck Hung
6 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Hey Ryan,
I am unsure what could contribute to the vibration and balancing issues; I didn’t have any problem with that.

For highway travel I run them at 40PSI to save a few bucks at the pump and for wheeling I run them at 20PSI.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

Eryck were you able to fit a 285/70/17 spare under bumper?

Eryck
Eryck
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

hey Mike!
Yes! I was able to fit the 285 spare in the stock location. Did so without any problem or trimming at all.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Eryck

Thank you!

Johnny
Johnny
8 months ago

Is it me or do these appear to be running a bit small, at least in width for a 285/70? Most of the time you see a 285 on a stock width wheel there is always ballooning of the sidewall and the tread is always noticeably wider than the wheel itself. It’s more pronounced on the 7″ TRD wheels but still shows on a 7.5″ like the Trail wheels or the TRD Forged shown above.

Last edited 8 months ago by Johnny
Eryck Hung
Eryck Hung
8 months ago
Reply to  Johnny

i’m not sure to be honest. Even when I look at my friend’s KO2s I don’t notice a difference.

Jason
Jason
8 months ago

Thanks, I’ll check them out.

Cheers,

Eryck
Eryck
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason

any time.

Jason
Jason
8 months ago

Good review. I’m pretty JV with my new 4Runner.

Would these be a recommendation for 2021 4Runner Venture with at 265 70 R17 TRD Rims?

Thanks, Jason

Eryck
Eryck
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason

yes the wheel size will not be a factor. I went from 265/70R17 to these 285/70R17 using the same TRD Rock Warrior wheels. Specs for these TRD wheels should be the same as the wheels you currently have.

Charles
Charles
8 months ago

Great review Eryck, I just had one question for you. Do the 33’s fit on your 4runner with just the fender liner and mud flap modifications? I see in the article where you say stock (suspension) 4runner, but from looking at your photo, it looks like you have some upgrades.

Eryck
Eryck
8 months ago
Reply to  Charles

Thanks for the positive words Charles! I am lifted 2.5″ front and 2″ rear, and I need fender liner and mud flap mods to not rub.

The only references to the stock from my article were the 265s that I had (stock sized tires) and the article by Brenan “Biggest Tire Size on Stock 4Runner.” I think I forgot to add the fact that I said my suspension was the same because it was lifted while I was on 265 Goodyear Duratracs (the setup has been on the rig for so long I completely forgot about it being there).

Generally speaking, if you want to do 33″, a lift is needed; how much to trim and if BMC or realignment is needed will depend on your setup. I’d recommend you to take it the shop I went to (Miyaki Motorsports in El Monte, CA) for them to take a closer look at your setup and go from there.

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