Re: 35\" Pro comp or 35\" BFG, your 2 cents please
Tires are always a somewhat controversial subject. I ran BFG MTs last yest, this year am running swamper sxs. Over the last two years I have been wheeling with a lot of guys who run cheaper mud tires - specifically wild cats (which are made by cooper) and mud kings - and the subject of which is more cost effective in the long run is always thrown up.
I've noticed some things:
the cheap tires are by and large bfg mt copies as far as tread pattern are concerned. I was not able to tell any signifigant difference between the copies and the real bfgs are far as how well they went through mud.
The differences were in rubber compound and construction. The copies generally had a different compound, which was sometimes better in a particular terrain, sometimes worse. In constuction, the copies were universally weaker in the sidewalls. This became evident when friends running the copies would get a puncture or slice, and I would not.
Now I run swampers, which have super strong sidewalls. On the last trail I ran, 4 sliced wild cats (coopers), 1 blown bfg bead, I had no problems at all.
I think the pro comps are a little better than the other copies in that they have siping, but I kind of THINK (no direct experience) that they will not stand up to as much sidewall abuse as the real thing. Now for many, this situation never comes up, and my friends (even those that sliced their tires on the last trail) are always pointing out (quite correctly) that if they ruin a tire it only costs them 100$ or less to replace it whereas as I (with swampers) would be looking at 3 times that much..... but so far I haven't even come close to damaging the swamper sidewalls. Did some abuse to the bfgs, but they always pulled through.
So is the (probably) superior strength of the bfg sidewall worth the extra cash? Depends on how likely you are to puncture/slice the tire (where you wheel) and how much confidence you have in your spare, I guess.