COLD, WET ROCK
In the jagged blasted rock
and mountain runoff, the TSLs
worked great, almost as well
as they did on the dry rock.
Smooth river rock is always
a pretty easy go, providing
they’re free of algae. From
what we could tell, there were
no wet rock situations that
posed any serious challenge
outside of what the truck itself
In my opinion, the forest floor
MUD AND WATER
best simulates real off-road
wheeling. Finding the right
spots are key and provide endless challenging situations. Mud,
gravel, rock faces, roots and wet logs were the true test and
I was really pleased with how they handle. Any debris was
easily flung from the thick lugs, and they provided loads of
traction especially on a rough surface. The sidewalls, although
not ridiculously out of scale, provided plenty of bite coming out
of ruts and hooking up on the vertical surfaces to pull yourself
SNOW AND SLUSH
through. When in packed snow, the tires hook up quite well even at speed as long as I didn’t churn up to much getting it high centered on the differentials. Getting into the sticky snow and slush is where most tires pack it up and go home. The Interco Swampers did plug up with snow like most but unload easily with a few generous blips of the throttle. Uphill climbs in the snow were fun and if you could keep at least one tire on some rock or dirt, it could still climb. For the spots that were completely covered, loads of wheel speed were needed but hey worked surprisingly well considering their size.
out of sticky situations. The soft compound and
memory foam conformed around almost any
surface, making them almost unstoppable. The
largest enemy of any scale tire from what I’ve
experienced are wet logs—the closest thing to
ice! Unfortunately, like all the others I’ve tried
over the years, the Pro-Line TSL’s were just no
match for wet wood that’s larger in diameter
than the tires themselves.
After thorough testing of Pro-Line’s new Interco
Super Swamper replicas, I am truly amazed.
I’m planning a few tire foam adjustments in a
second set of wheels and tires to compensate
for the sidewall collapse in extreme sidehilling
situations. There’s a fine line between a soft
conforming tire and a stiff sidewall that can
only be achieved by tuning foam depending on
wheel weight and the overall weight of your rig.
If you’re looking for this year’s killer scale tire,
look no further—this one’s a clear winner!
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