I run a/ts year round, matter of fact i went mudding today and my nittos were cleaning better than both of my buddies tjs with mts.
There are very few vehicles that can be defined as "made for offroad". Unfortunately, the Wrangler can definitely be defined as "made for offroad" by its inability to handle well on road
I'm running my 33in mud terrains during the winter. I don't think these are that aggressive that a little airing down can't fix in deep snow.
Plus if you really spring for 2 sets then I would definitely purchase a winter tire setup. That dude is a typical salesman. If I'm not being too nosey, how much were the tires that he was telling you to buy?
You never have to have two sets of tires. But it's a nice treat if you can afford it.
Some Swampers for summer and Duratracs for winter.
But, then again, you have to have the conditions to warrant it. If you don't have nasty clingy clay-based mud, then you often don't even need mud tires in the first place.
Put the two extremes next to each other and pick the situation that is more likely to kill or strand you. In your neck of the woods (I used to live up in CT so I understand), I'd pick the Duratracs if I had to have just one.
You're much more likely to have an ice storm and slide off the road than get hopelessly stuck in mud. Besides, mud without mud tires gives you an excuse to have a winch.
As someone who lives up in the frozen north, and understands REAL winter- run true winter tires for winter, and M/T's the rest of the time. Cheapest route, as A/T's WILL cost more than winter tires, and you want M/T's for summer mud If it's mostly on-road, Firestone Destination's are still the ONLY A/T I'd EVER run in winter conditions- it's what the wifey's on (until I get her a life insurance policy )- Mark W.
I ran stock tires for almost a year, through last winter and they were nice, on dry pavement. They actually did better than I thought on the muddy mountain trails of Maine, and last winter was pretty mild so that wasn't a problem either.
After looking around for a good all around tire I settled on Duratracs and so far they have been really good on and off road. I can not tell you what they are going to be like in the snow but my guess is pretty good.
The answer is what do you really need. Do you really need dedicated mud tires, if not you should know they really suck on the road on a daily bases. Are the treads on the dedicated snow tire that much better than say a Duratrac to warrant swapping them out every six months, not to mention the added cost. I use snows on my truck that I plow with and pull people out of ditches all day long in big storms. I change them in the spring because ATs ride better, better in rain, safer. Yes, I need both so it's worth it.
Figure out what you need, probably going to be different than what tire guy thinks you need.
The Firestone Destination A/T is pretty hugely popular up here, especially on Toyotas, for some reason. Never had a stuck, even with the wifey driving (which, she'll beat me and deny me sex for a minute or two for saying, is saying something )- Mark W.
That said, the wife and I both work at horse farms. We don't have the option of a "snow day." The horses need to be fed and cared for regardless of what Mother Nature throws at us. The Firestones never once let us down. They're also pretty inexpensive, drive nicely on-road and off, balance like passenger car tires (no more than 1.5 oz. per tire, under 1 oz. on 3/5), and are nice and quiet. We're also getting killer fuel economy out of them, which is nice, and certainly can't be said of the Crushers Mark W.