The Prowler SS (Slope Style) takes the square-profile, open design of the Prowler XT and doubles the central twin-knobs for unparalleled rolling efficiency. With DNA rubber compound and loads of siping, the SS boasts a healthy dose of traction along with straight-ahead speed. In hardpack conditions the SS performs incredibly well as a rear tire, paired with a Prowler MX, Prowler XT or WeirWolf LT up front.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2011
Strengths: I picked these up for cheap, to save the wear on my over-priced tires I mounted them on my bike to ride Moab’s Slickrock trail. Well, they're fast tires that gripped very well on the slickrock (climbing and descending) and sand with no notable wear. I left them on for Porcupine Rim and Pipe Dream Trail. Half of the ride down Porcupine Rim was in rain a hail and the Prowlers gripped well. Pipe Dream – preformed great on the dry rocks. The tight block pattern is perfect for dry conditions and they track really well in the sand...
Weaknesses: Mud; by just looking at the tread pattern its obvious Prowler SS’s aren’t mud tires. I was in Fruita, CO. climbing up Prime Cut to ride Zippety Doo Daa, the rear was easy to break loose but would catch itself with the side knobs…
The bottom line is I wish I would have bought more at that price. I'll see how they ride back in South Texas.
i don't know why this tire is pushed as a good choice for the rear. it is immediatly obvious is lacks there, but put it up front and this tire comes alive, great braking staight line and corners in all but sticky slick mud, and with all the tread it has it inspires confidence and delivers when hammering through the rocks.
great all mtn tire for the front, weight weenies look elsewhere.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Nevegal (2.3), Ritchey Moto (2.5)
Bike Setup: '08 Dakar XAM 2.0 - stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2008
Strengths: Fast rolling, light weight yet sturdy side wall, great traction on dry hard pack and rock.
Weaknesses: braking is bad in all conditions, horriable in the wet, bad climbing (not what their for), scketchy cornering in loose or loose over hard pack.
This tire came on the rear and at first glance I new I wasn't going to like it. I gave it a chance any way but my fears were confirmed. The trails I ride tend to be dry and silty with loose rock inter mixed for the summer and muddy to tacky wet the rest of the year with lots of wet roots. It worked ok for a rear tire but when the climbs are a little loose a tech this tire sucks. On hard pack or firm rock it does awsome but the side knobbs just aren't aggresive enough for my style and the trails I ride. Would probably work great in So Cal or Utah.
Similar Products Used: All other WTB Prowlers, Maxxis, Kenda, Bontrager, Conti, Specialized
Bike Setup: 08 Diamondback Mission 3 stock. I've since changed the tires.
a Weekend Warrior
from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008
Strengths: Fast, fast rolling, grip on hardpack and loose on hardpack, holds a line outstanding in these conditions, size, and affordable.
Weaknesses: Poor, poor grip on wet, completely useless in the mud, muck, mire, questionable longevity of rubber due to softer coupound 50A, would be better as dual or triple compound tire.
Excellent summer or drier conditioned rear tire that compliments the MX Prowler up front nicely for fast, somewhat aggro riding going up and down that's great bombing down and railing fast harpack trails and FR stuff like "skinnies", ladders, burms, etc. Excellent roll and grip, fantastic on hardpack, murder in the wet. Like it better than the XT Prowler, not as good as the MX Prowler, but haven't ran the MX on the rear so not a fair comparison.