PRICE: $246, 30-inch Mastodon tire
WHAT IT IS:
The Mastodon HT is Kenda’s latest
UTV tire that has been specifically
designed for intermediate to hard-
pack surfaces. The Mastodon line also
includes an AT model designed to be
the more do-it-all UTV tire with a more
aggressive tread designed for clean-
out in the mud. We mounted and ran
the Mastodon HT on DWT’s Sector
The Mastodon tire is made from high-
quality chip- and tear-resistant rubber.
The Mastodon HT also meets or
The Mastodon HT combines radial
construction with an extra-tough,
heavy-duty, eight-ply-rated casing that
resists punctures and improves ride
quality. The Mastodon HT also features
a light-truck-tire-influenced design with
its tread and slightly squared profile.
exceeds all DOT requirements for use in
places where UTV road use is legal.
Kenda does offer front and rear width
Mounting the Kenda Mastodon is just
like any tire. We opted for the 30x10-14
size on our RZR XP Turbo. The 30-inch
and 28-inch sizes use the same-width
tires on all four corners, ruling out the
option for using the stock wheels.
options for machines needing a 25-inch
or 26-inch tire.
SIZING & FITMENT:
The Mastodon HT is available with
sizing to fit just about any UTV on the
market. For the smaller machines, you
can get front- and rear-specific sizing
with a 25x8-12 and 25x10-12. Mid-
sized machines get similar options with
26x9-12 and 26x11-12, or 26x9-14
& 26x11-14 if opting for that bigger
14-inch wheel. The bigger machines get
28x10-14 and 30x10-14 options with
the same-width tire being used at all
four corners. This becomes especially
appreciated when carrying and possibly
using a spare.
WHO ARE THESE FOR?
Aimed directly at the deserts of the
West Coast, the Mastodon HT tire is
specifically designed for intermediate
to hardpack surfaces, rock and shale.
The HT is built for high-speed desert
terrain and even tighter rocky climbs or
trails. This is definitely directed at the
California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah or
even Baja guys who want great high-speed handling over a variety of dry,
desert-like terrain. For the southern
or East Coast guys, the Mastodon
AT will provide much better clean-out
and traction in the mud or even more
slippery, vegetated terrain.
HOW DO THEY PERFORM?
This tire works great on the hardpack
trails and dirt roads that it was designed
for, but will also surprise you in softer,
sandier terrain. We wouldn’t call it the
first choice to take to the dunes, but
it provides great traction and is very
predictable and stable in the desert
sand washes where we test. Many
hardpack tires have a tendency to pull
or drift uncontrollably at speed in softer
sand, but this wasn’t the case with the
KENDA MASTODON HT TIRE
All in all, a great West Coast desert
tire that is proving to be very durable as
well. The handling in the SoCal desert
is as good as anything we’ve tested to
date. The slightly square profile offers
controllable sliding characteristics, and
you can back it into about anything.
Braking is predictable and accurate
on hardpack or shale as well. We
also noticed that certain lugs feature
a stepped face, which will help with
retaining great traction as the tire wears
down further. Speaking of wear, the
Mastodon HT seems to be a pretty
long-wearing tire, with minimal wear
showing after our 50-mile test loop.;❏
The Mastodon is an eight-ply, DOT-approved radial
with a slightly squared, light-truck-inspired profile.
Kenda’s Mastodon tire is available in an
HT version for intermediate to hard terrain
and an AT model for intermediate to soft
conditions. We got excellent results with the HT
version in hard terrain, and it works well in sand too.