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Pat returns to his roots with the new Cooper Discoverer AT3 tyres

Cooper Discoverer AT3

With shooting for the next season of Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures well and truly underway, Pat has returned to his roots, with the new  Cooper Discoverer AT3 tyres on his Volkswagen Amarok V6 vehicles. So what is it about the new AT3 range that has Pat filled with confidence it can handle the vigours of shooting the country’s best 4×4 TV show?
Well, having sampled a number of tyre varieties across different terrains all over Australia throughout the years, Pat has observed that when it comes to tread design, carcass construction and compounds, what initially appears to be working well often doesn’t have the longevity he needs for life on and off the beaten track.
The new Discoverer AT3 range from Cooper promises to deliver something different. The range incorporates Cooper’s trademarked Durable-Tread Technology, a shred-resistant compound that Cooper says dramatically increases tread life on its robust AT3 range. And that claim is backed by a minimum 80,000km on- and off-road mileage warranty (with specific warranties for each model).

Pat reckons the new Discoverer AT3 provides plenty of traction in the snow
Pat reckons the new Discoverer AT3 provides plenty of traction in the snow

With models to suit SUVs and light 4x4s right through to heavy duty off-road work horses, the Cooper Discoverer AT3 range has a tyre to suit any purpose, while Cooper’s Adaptive Traction Technology is able to grip any surface, no matter the weather. And that’s just as well, because Pat and the crew plan to put these tyres through the absolute ringer over mud, snow, rocks and sand over the coming months.

So how will the new Discoverer AT3 range stand up against the challenges of filming Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures? See for yourself when the show goes to air in October.


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  • I tool cooper AT’s around OZ a few years ago – staked all 9 blowouts through the tread , different pressures , places etc. one had only 1000 km on it, cooper didnt want to know – never again

  • I have Coopers AT3’s on my NT Pajero they have now 60,000 km on them and I think I could get another 60,000. I can vouch that Coopers stick with what they say, I live in Melbourne bought my Pajero in Perth, travelled across as much off road as I could and was not happy at all with the noice that they made across on sealed Roads, Coopers back in Melbourne replaced my 5 tyres for brand new AT3’s for the cost of fitting and balancing + Wheel Alignment.
    I have spent a week tracking around Arkaroola, April this year William Creek Lake Ayre have never had a puncture yet.
    I will buy Coopers again anytime.

  • i had General Grabber AT2’s from new on my last Amarok which i traded in after 147,000 km with probably another 4-5k’s left on them.
    They’re now on my new V6.

  • I have Coopers AT3s on my Cruiser. Done around 70,00k/m out through Diamantina to Simpson up to the Cape & many shorter trips without any bother (touchwood). My camper also has Coopers All Terrains. Still plenty left. Great tyres, you get what you pay for. Will be fitting another set when due.

  • On my last vehicle I had two sets of Cooper STs. Each set gave 110,000Km. That included three trips to Lake Eyre, the High Country, and a lot of sand driving. In my new vehicle I have Cooper AT3s. They are yet to be seriously tested but I chose them because I’d had a good run with Coopers but wanted something quieter and more suited to sand since lately I’ve done few Kms on rocky surfaces.

  • I have owned 4WDrives since 1974 and have tried most tyres. My vehicles have all been used for either touring out west or serious 4WDriving. Coopers are the only brand that I would never buy again.

  • Pat used to tell us Coopers were the best, next season it was Generals, then Toyo’s now back to Coopers
    The other major 4WD drive personalities has turned their magazines, videos and TV shows into advertorials that focus only on the crap they promote and have an financial interest in!
    Is this happening here????

  • Agree with Andrew
    Doubt Pat had to stump up any dollars for them.

    Buy and review product based on merit. Not what your current kickback might be.

  • To get mileage out of them is important. Of course . I’d rather though have sidewalls that can cope with 10 psi on rocky or stoney terrain, that would be much more important to me. 60 or70 K plus mileage takes years to do for many of us, so plenty of time to ‘ Sava Tha Maney ” for a new set.

  • BFG are cheaper and last longer and have thicker sidewalls. Wrangler Duratrac come with 100K warranty and I did 120k with my last set. Every Cooper I have seen with a puncture on gravel or rock has done the sidewall by the time they pull up. Their ad campaign works as they are everywhere but there are far better tyres out there that are cheaper and give better mileage

  • I question the ‘minimum 80,000km warranty’… I had Coppers AT3’s 265/60R18 on my stock 2008 Mitsi Pajero, rims which had a 60,000km warranty. When I replaced them at 70,000km, the warranty available to me had dropped to 50,000km… I bought something else. (NZ by the way, but no reason the warranty is different in Oz).

    • Brought mine in Jan this year with 80,000 km warranty, so far can’t fault them. Holden or Ford etc etc it’s an individual thing, I’ve heard plenty of negatives for all brands including the BFG’s

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