The Bear Claw HTR (K587) made by Kenda Tires, made their way onto the 2012 Polaris Sportsman 850 H.O. EFI for review. The Kenda (K587) Bear Claw HTR ATV tires would see some action in good ole Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for the start of the 2012 Trout season, and a long weekend of testing on the Polaris Sportsman 850 H.O. EFI.
When you first see the Bear Claw HTR's, it doesn't take the average Joe long to figure out why Kenda gave these ATV tires that name. First glance, you immediately notice the aggressiveness of the tread pattern. The aggressiveness compliments the whole tire from the center, and continues over to the sidewalls.
Bear Claw HTR's
The Kenda Bear Claw HTR's are made from an 8-ply rated casing, with radial construction. Obviously, the higher the ply rating, the tougher the tires. The radial construction allows the tire to last much longer than the traditional bias type tire.
The HTR's are great for all types of terrain. We chose these tires because the Bear Claw HTR's offer such a wide range of terrain they can work well in. From buzzing around the deserts, to ripping up the mountain trails. There isn't much mother Earth can throw at these tires that the Bear Claw HTR's won't chew up and spit back out at her.
Rut slayer aka "the side lugs"
The "side lugs", wrap around the edge of the Bear Claw HTR's. These "side lugs" give you the opportunity to rip up those deep ruts and keep you moving. Initially, we did encounter several deep ruts that did not seem bad at all, until the camber of the Polaris Sportsman 850 changed.
Once the Polaris Sportman 850 angled into the rut, I was pretty confident the sidewall would pinch, and it would be Rut 1, Bear Claw HTR's 0. However, the 8 ply construction held its ground, the "side lugs" dug in, and the 77 horsepower from the Polaris Sportsman 850 pulled us through. Looking at the sidewall of the Bear Claw HTR's, no damage, and it was back to the Punxy trails.
History of the Bear Claw
Kenda released the original Bear Claw in 1994, which was one of the first ATV tires that offered 6-ply technology. The technology allowed the tire to maximize traction, durability, tear and be snag resistant. The Bear Claw sold so well, that Kenda Tires offered 23 more sizes to the consumer.
Kenda is no stranger to designing an all around badass off-road tire. The original Kenda Bear Claw ATV tire was made from a rugged 6-ply construction, which was resistant to most punctures. Fortunately, we did not have the opportunity to test this feature of the tire, but there is still a month left of testing in 6 different counties in 3 different states.
Kenda Tires is one of the only tire manufacturers with such a diverse background in tire manufacturing. With 50 years of experience, Kenda Tires develop and manufacture tires in the Automotive, Motorcycle, ATV, UTV, Bicycle, as well as Wheelchair, and other specialty tire products.
- Angled knob digs into the terrain for maximum traction
- Center lug provides extra traction and better control
- Side lugs are offset and cupped for positive cornering
- Rugged 8-ply construction resists punctures
- Built in rim guard protects your wheel from dings and dents
- Tread design for Intermediate to hard terrain
- Self Cleaning