With the new Baja Boss XS, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has combined the tread pattern and technology of the brand's Baja Boss M/T tire with the competition tire the Baja Boss X. The result is a new DOT-certified, four-ply reinforced tire coming in January 2024.
Ben Anderson, senior product manager for light truck tires at Mickey Thompson, says "The Baja Boss XS is a hybrid of the X and M/T."
The company calls it "the most rugged DOT-approved tire Mickey Thompson has ever made."
The tire features the asymmetric tread pattern, extreme "side biters" and silica-reinforced compound from the mud-terrain tire. The high-void tread pattern is made for tackling extreme rocky terrain.
“Representing unparalleled off-road success, the Baja Boss M/T has reinforced Mickey’s off-road reputation by claiming the 2023 King of the Hammers Everyman challenge, 2023 Ultra4 Legends West Championship, and 2023 Ultra4 Legends National Championship with Mickey Thompson racer Jeremy Jones; a first in Ultra4 history,” said Heather Tausch, senior director of marketing for Mickey Thompson. “Coupling this technology with our groundbreaking PowerPly Pro technology, we expect the Baja Boss XS to transcend this legacy going into the 2024 race season.”
The PowerPly Pro technology in the sidewall is built with two radial plies sandwiched between two bias plies. Combined, they offer increased sidewall protection and thickness to reduce the risk of punctures to the sidewall when rock crawling, or in high-speed off-road racing environments.
The tire's early 2024 release is planned to come before the Ultra4 racing season. The tire is DOT-certified for highway use, and will be available in three popular flotation sizes: 35x12.50R17LT, 37x12.50R17LT, and 40x13.50R17LT.