Maxxis Razr AT811 Long Term Review

The new Maxxis Razr AT811 promises a lot: Aggressive tread, strong carcass, good road handling and comfortable ride. Can it carry through on that promise? Actually, they got pretty close!

The Tyre

If you’re like many folks and find yourself stuck on the fence between choosing a Mud Terrain and an All Terrain, then the growing niche of hardcore AT tyres is certainly the spot for you. In this particular circumstance, the tyre also takes serious cues from its bigger brother, the Razr MT, which is already in the market.
The Maxxis Razr 811AT is Maxxis’ recent entrant to the aggressive AT niche, and they’ve come in hard with a great looking aggressive tread, an upper sidewall that looks like it means business, and a three ply sidewall. Add to that, the tyre is also Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) rated, which means it’ll maintain some conformity at low temperatures, hopefully making it better in the snow.
I first saw these tyres in 2019 at SEMA, and had a good chat to the marketing team then and they mentioned that the Razr AT shares a fair bit of technology with the very successful MT, including focusing on the quietness of the tyre.
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The tyre was launched globally in 2020, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on some in August. As I said in the Studio Overview I was pretty excited to give them a try on the Ranger.

In Australia there’s 24 sizes available between 235/75R15 and 32x12.5R20, so a good range to suit most vehicles, however in the US there’s 45+ sizes, so we might see the range increase down here as new vehicles come into the market.
Maxxis Razr 811AT tread face

Maxxis Razr 811AT angle shot

The tyre comes with a full complement of technology, including some reasonably aggressive upper side wall side-biters, which are different on each side, stone ejectors, a more densely packed middle tread face for better road handling and quieter ride, and more loosely packed tread blocks on the shoulder for off road capability. On top of that, it’s actually a good looking tread pattern!

Theoretically they’re supposed to be more comfortable than other similar 3 ply sidewall tyres, so as I said in the video, I was paying attention to that as well.
I was keen to see if Maxxis could nail this niche, in providing an AT tyre that has strength, good looks, charm, and excellent road holding manners?

The Experience

These tyres have certainly performed above expectations. On the road they’ve been tractable and as comfortable as you can expect a three ply sidewall tyre to be, while off the road they’ve not really let me down, aside from when it’s been user error (more on that later!).

In terms of wet handling, they’re quite impressive, almost as good as the Nitto Ridge Grapplers in their sheer slow to medium speed wet weather grip, like around roundabouts and corners around town. As is my usual way, I push them harder and harder, and when they do break loose it’s a relatively predictable mix of a touch of oversteer and understeer, until the oversteer really kicks in, but by that stage you’re not driving safely anymore, are you?!

I ran these tyres on two different vehicles, my previous 2017 Ford Ranger XLT, and the new 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor. While the suspension is a far sight better on the new vehicle, it’s interesting that I can still pick up a lot of the characteristics that I look for, including small bump compliance, noise etc.

Now you see it...

Now you don't!

Noise was something I was looking for in particular, and they actually impressed quite well. They’re not a quiet highway terrain tyre by any means, but for a tyre that has aggressive tread blocks and big voids, the day to day life of having them on the car showed that they were fairly quiet. Easy to have a conversation in the car, kind of quiet. Not quite as quiet as the Maxxis 711 that I tested a couple of years ago, but not far off, either.

I took these tyres a number of adventurous places, and to be fully honest, the only time they gave me grief was when it was relatively self-inflicted.
We headed to the north west of Tasmania, and part of that road trip involved me getting very frustrated in the middle of the night and hooking a U-turn across a grassy road verge so we could head back to a previous town. Bad idea. I must have driven over a glass bottle, and that punctured the sidewall.

I didn’t actually notice that we had a puncture until after we’d got back to town, I’d asked directions at the pub, then came back outside and wondered why there was a steady hissing sound…
glass that was in a tyre

Motherf####r

Car parked on the side of the street

Changing a tyre on the street is pretty good, compared to the alternative.

Given how sharp the glass was, and where it was in the sidewall, I was lucky that it didn’t do more damage, actually. Also very lucky that I noticed while I was in town, rather than heading down a treacherous mountain pass, that was the detour route from where I actually wanted to go.

I changed that out on the side of the road, we had the little holiday, then headed back to civilisation. Knowing already that the tyre was most likely not fixable, officially, I checked with our local tyre shop and they confirmed that, so I sat on the idea for a while, figuring I’d finish the test and move onto the next set of tyres, and work out a spare replacement then, as I’ve not had any flats or issues for years, and this was surely a one off, right?!

Nope.

Fast forward a few weeks, and we head off to deep, dark, and above all else, moist south west Tasmania to shoot the long term review for the tyres, and I manage to pop one off the rim!
Again, this was self-inflicted, I believe, as I chose a bad line, then slid to the right and into a bank, which must have pushed crap in between the rim and the bead of the tyre, causing it to leak. I don’t have a TPMS system in the Ranga, so I didn’t know that the tyre was deflating, so kept giving it welly to try and get out, so it really made a bad situation worse! Keep an eye out for the TPMS system review I’ll be doing soon, I’ve learned a lesson…

Anyway, luckily we were able to winch out of the hole I got stuck in, back down to a flat spot, and the boys hooked some mud out (thanks James and Finn for dealing with that mess!) and pulled the tyre off while I stuck a dog-turn in the sidewall of the previously glassed tyre. Luckily the patch held, we stuck it on, and smashed out the rest of the trip – the rest is history!

Note that we don't recommend fixing tyres when they've got a puncture in the sidewall. It's not entirely failsafe, but can be done to get you out of a sticky spot, as it did in this circumstance.
Man with foot on rim of tyre in the mud like a fool

Oops

The Opinion

As you might have guessed, I’m pretty stoked on these tyres. They handle well for the (let’s be honest) 90% of the time I spend on the blacktop, in the wet, plus getting about on the farm, particularly with all the rain we’ve had in the last month down here.

On gravel they track well and don’t flick up too much rubbish, which I’m a bit sensitive to with the new car, although it’s my fault with the wider offset wheels 😁

They’re quiet enough, actually handle okay through the twisties, with no trace of the (what felt like) tread block folding that I felt with the 711 when pushed hard into the corner with a heavy vehicle. I mean, I wouldn’t say that turn-in is crisp or anything like that, but they provide good feedback, and it’s rewarding enough to go for a punt, so that’s a tick in my book.

Looking at the treadwear, using my basic back-of-a-beer-coaster maths, I, with my driving style, would be looking at roughly 47,878 km out of these tyres before they were down to the wear markers, which is less than some, but perhaps a reasonable trade off given the capability they offer.

So if you’re heading off the beaten track on a reasonably regular basis, or you’re a nomadic type looking for a tyre that bears MT strength with an aggressive AT tread pattern, you won’t go far wrong with the Maxxis Razr 811AT. In fact, these tyres would be good for most folks who actually go off the blacktop, with their good handling and manners.

The Ratings
Dry: 4.5
Wet: 4.5
Offroad:4.5
Comfort: 4
Noise: 3.5
Treadwear: 3

Approximate prices (3 stores mystery shopped)
Range (cheapest to most expensive): $325 (LT235/75R15) - $679 (35X12.5R20)
Size tested retail price: $449 (LT285/70R17)

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