Discoverer H/T

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Cooper Discoverer H/T light truck tires: Quiet and smooth, but not great in rain

Nov 25, 2012 (Updated Nov 26, 2012)
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Pros:smooth, quiet ride: tread wear seems good so far; inexpensive

Cons:not great in the rain; not quite as "cool" looking as comparable BF Goodrich, etc.

The Bottom Line: Cooper Discoverer H/Ts are quiet and have a smooth ride. Tread wear also seems to be quite good. But handling in the rain isn't the best.


My Nissan Xterra Off Road SUV came with BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/As, a moderately aggressive tire that lasted more than 70,000 miles and surprised me with how well it handled in rain and snow. When it came time to get new tires, I checked prices, read internet reviews, and wound up with my second choice for cost-effective, moderately aggressive tires: Cooper Discoverer H/Ts. I've forgetten what my first choice was at that time, but the store (Big O tires in Walnut Creek CA) was suddenly out of them when I got there. I was heading out of town, so I bought the Coopers, which had received positive reviews. In the past, on my Toyota pick-ups, I'd found both Bridgestones and Dunlops to be excellent, but nobody had those in stock in P265/75 R16 when I was on the market for tires, so I was forced to enter the world of the unknown. I didn't want to take a road trip on older tires.

The Coopers have a nice, smooth ride, and I think they were actually a bit less "swimmy" than the BF Goodrich tires out of the gate, though long-term (after 5,000 miles or so) it's a tie. The Coopers were also a bit quieter on the highway than the BF Goodrich tires, and they handled corners, sudden stops, etc. equally as well as the BF Goodrich tires. A check of the tread of the Coopers suggests that they might be slightly less aggressive than the BF Goodrich tires, and this might account for their relative smoothness and quiet on the road.

It was on rainy surfaces that I first noticed a more critical difference between the Cooper tires and the BF Goodrich tires: At least three times with the Coopers, I have found myself in momentary hydroplane situations when I didn't expect it. We're not talking torrential rains with standing water here. This was in moderate rain on local highways. In all cases I was able to correct quickly and maintain control, but I feel safe in saying that the BF Goodrich tires are better than the Coopers on rainy pavement. The BF Goodrich tired had surprised me with how well they held the road in serious rain with a strong side-wind in places like Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

I'm not a teenager, but the Coopers aren't quite as "cool" looking as the BF Goodrich tires either. They have these lines (raised ridges) on the non-lettered sides that detract from "that cool truck tire look." A minor concern, but I did notice it.

Tread wear of the Coopers is good so far. I've had them for 25,000 miles and the tread seems barely worn relative to when I got them. I've only done mellow off-roading since I got the Coopers (slowly 4-wheeling it across a creek, creeping up rutted dirt roads in Montana, etc.) and they've done OK in those situations. And they were among the least expensive light truck tires out there when I was doing my research.

I suppose I can say I recommend Cooper Discoverer H/T tires if you have an SUV and live somewhere where it doesn't rain very often. They have a smooth, quiet ride, handle well enough, and generally don't call attention to themselves. But the fact that I'm less secure in rain than I used to be, coupled with the loss of a couple of "style points," means I can only give them a conditional recommendation. Next time I'm shopping for tires, if the price is right, I'm going back to BF Goodrich, Dunlop, or Bridgestone. I'm willing to deal with a little extra "truck feel" and road noise if I can be 100% confident that rain and snow aren't a challenge.

Retail price of the Cooper Discoverer H/Ts in P265/75 R16 is about $155 each. But you should be able to find them for about $120/tire.


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