Thank you. I was on the fence for a year now, your advice makes me more confident in the A/T purchase. The Exo will let me keep the stronger side wall I want as well.These Nitto Exo Grapplers were made to compete with Duratrac’s. Both are a hybrid tire. The Nitto’s make less noise and are load range E. The 285 x 17r duratrac’s are load range D. For your purposes, the Exo Grapplers would serve well. It rains a lot here 9 months of the year and these tires do well.