well, those definitely are aggressive looking.
If you live in an area where you need them... then you need them. No question about it.
Ive done the 'offroad' thing with the Traverse.
Though, to me- in Los Angeles... those would probably be too noisy. But its all paved here and no snow etc.
Ive driven in some parts south of the border- where my Traverse (with the same tire line/tread as our Equinox)- did ok.
Yeah, you could hear the wheel spin when going uphill on rocky trails or soft sand, but we were only there for 2 weeks- and I could live with that wheelslip performance for 2 weeks. I also didnt cross any small streams- wet or dry.
But the year round vehicle... soon after its arrival got an upgrade in tires, shocks, mud flaps.
The tires it originally had where worse than the Traverse. As it too had been a city vehicle.
Traverse and Equinox -great for city... but slipping on some off road trails.
Yeah- these were not good at all.
Putting on wider flaps- rainy season- mud splatter. Shined up the center caps with brasso
We then felt better performance with these guys.
We drive through small streams etc.