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Anyone have any thoughts on what tire will be the quietest. I'm thinking I'll get an A/T tire, but it would only be for very infrequent soft-roading. Consequently I want it to have the best possible on road characteristics with off-road being pretty low priority. Just want it to perform better off-road than an All Season. Specifically my #1 would be noise. If the noise increase is very significant at all I'll just nix it. Don't really care about MPG. This sums it up:

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@GMD That's an all-season tire, not an AT. I doubt that would provide any off-road benefit at all.
 

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You may want to look at the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail. It is specifically designed for cross-over vehicles.
Thanks! Honestly from what I've read it seems to be between these and the Geolanders used on the Outback Wilderness. Any thoughts between the two?
 

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I'm really happy with my Continental Terrain Contact AT tires... not a big bump in noise over the all season I'd replaced...
 

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Thanks! Honestly from what I've read it seems to be between these and the Geolanders used on the Outback Wilderness. Any thoughts between the two?
Both are solid AT tires along with the Continental Terrain Contact AT.
Between theYokohama Geolandar G015 and the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail the Yokohama scores slightly better for a quiet ride. It is in the range where most drivers would not notice the difference between the two.
 

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I've had the falken wildpeak a/t trails for about a little over a year and 8000 miles now, and they seem only slightly louder than stock.

Mainly a city driver with infrequent soft roading adventures at the moment, with some road trips mixed in.
 

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I'm at the exact same point as you. My priorities are a little different but definitely want to upgrade my 2011 Forester to AT tires, but don't want loud, clunky, slow tires... also can't "break the bank" either.
 

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I used a dB meter to measure highway noise with my 35k mile OEM tires, and the noise level was identical to that of my new Falken Wildpeaks... same noise on the highway. I’ve had the Falkens for almost 20k miles now, and they’re holding up great and noise leaves is not any worse than the stock tires.
 

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I used a dB meter to measure highway noise with my 35k mile OEM tires, and the noise level was identical to that of my new Falken Wildpeaks... same noise on the highway. I’ve had the Falkens for almost 20k miles now, and they’re holding up great and noise leaves is not any worse than the stock tires.
WINNER!!! I'm assuming you are using the Trails and not the AT3Ws.
 

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Consumer Reports road tested 18 All Terrain tires and the Continental Terrain Contact A/T was the quietest. However the Falken Wildpeak Trail and Yokohoma G015 were not included in the road tests.
 

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I'm really happy with my Continental Terrain Contact AT tires... not a big bump in noise over the all season I'd replaced...
Pretty noticeable bump in noise above 60mpg for me, decibels were up into the 80s if I recall correctly. They handle super well on road and off though. Mine are for sale if anyone is interested I went back to a road tire. IMO Subaru's just aren't well insulated enough to run AT tires, they are nice to have off road though.
 

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I used a dB meter to measure highway noise with my 35k mile OEM tires, and the noise level was identical to that of my new Falken Wildpeaks... same noise on the highway. I’ve had the Falkens for almost 20k miles now, and they’re holding up great and noise leaves is not any worse than the stock tires.
Isn't that what they are using on the new off-road editions? Maybe Subaru did a better job testing than Consumer Reports?
 
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