For any wheeled vehicle, tire choice is critical. Intended use, durability, and weight all factor in to what kind of rubber you want on the road (or snowy trail). Indeed, when it comes to fat bikes, tires are arguably the most important component decision you'll make. Width, tread pattern, budget, and the ability to set-up tubeless are all hugely important factors when making a buying decision - and having fun. Here then are some (but certainly not all) of the top fat bike tires on the market today.

45NRTH Flowbeist

45NRTH Flowbeist 26x4.6"

45NRTH's suite of fat bike tires and accessories are much loved in the fat bike world. The newest tires from the Minnesota company are front and rear specific, Flowbeist and Dunderbeist respectively. Both use a tubeless-ready, 120 tpi casing, siped lugs, and dual compound rubber. The wide 4.6" footprint is designed to work with rims from 65 to 102mm wide. 45NRTH includes a geometry link that shows how rim widths will affect the tire's dimensions on its website. | Price: $140 | More info at 45nrth.com

Bontrager Gnarwhal Studded 26x3.8"

Bontrager Gnarwhal Studded 26x3.8"

For the ultimate traction in icy conditions, look to studded tires. Bontrager offers its tubeless ready Gnarwhal with 160 Tungsten carbide studs for great grip on hard snow and ice. While certainly expensive at $450 a pair, combining a studded tire with tubeless capability takes some doing. Looking for a bit less bite? The Gnarwhal is also offered without studs for a substantially cheaper $120. Both feature Bontrager's Inner Strength casing for lightweight sidewall protection. | Price: $225 per tire | More info at www.trekbikes.com

Kenda Juggernaut Pro 26x4.5

Kenda Juggernaut Pro 26x4.5"

Kenda's Juggernaut is a relative featherweight at sub-900 grams for a 26x4.0". The 4.5" version is little heavier at 1403 grams (+/- 70 grams). Both are inspired by Kenda's work in motorcycle tires, with the Millville 2 in particular as a reference point. While the 120 tpi folding version is the lighter option, those on a budget should consider the $80, 60 tpi wire bead version. The tread is a fast-rolling variety with very open lugs and a chevron pattern. | Price: $120 | More info at bicycle.kendatire.com

Maxxis Minion FBF 26x4.8"

Maxxis Minion FBF 26x4.8"

Maxxis claims its Minion FBF is the grippiest fat bike tire on the market. Derived from the legendary all-mountain tire of the same name, the 4.8" offering features EXO flat protection and a tubeless-ready construction. This front specific trail (rather than snow) tire pairs with Maxxis' Minion FBR tire for great trail traction. The EXO model features dual compound tread, a foldable bead, a 120 tpi casing and tips the scales at 1645 grams. This puts it firmly in the rugged category of fat bike tires, exactly what you'd expect from a Minion fat bike tire. And if you're looking for a more snow-friendly option, the Maxxis Colossus is the pick. | Price: $130 | More info at www.maxxis.com

Panaracer Fat B Nimble 26x4.0"

Panaracer Fat B Nimble 26x4.0"

Panaracer's Fat B Nimble offers a light fat bike tire at a very respectable price point. With 120 tpi casing, Kevlar folding bead and a four-season tread pattern, its only shortcoming is that it isn't tubeless ready. At 1180 grams, the 4.0" Fat B Nimble strikes a nice middle ground of weight and affordability. | Price: $90 | More info at panaracer.com

Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26x4.0/4.8"

Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26x4.0"/4.8"

Fat biking isn't necessarily slow biking. Many are looking for a quick-spinning tire for their fat bike. Schwalbe's Jumbo Jim is a lightweight, fast-rolling fat tire. Two casings are offered, with the LiteSkin putting a 26x4.0" Jumbo Jim under 1000 grams. Schwalbe's SnakeSkin casing beefs up the flat protection for more aggressive riding. Both casings are produced in 4.0" and 4.8" widths. | Price: $110-$135 | More info at www.schwalbetires.com

Surly Nate Tan Sidewall 26x3.8"

Surly Nate Tan Sidewall 26x3.8"

If you're looking to class up your fat bike a touch, look to Surly's tan sidewall Nate. Surly's efforts to popularize fat bikes are widely known and it's due to a thorough offering of bikes, rims, wheels and tires. The Nate features a 60 tpi casing and weighs 1395 grams for each 3.8" tire. With aggressive knobs, the Nate is ready for winter and trail duty. Not into the tan sidewall? The Nate is also offered in an all-black version. | Price: $90 | More info at surlybikes.com

Vee Tire Bulldozer 26x4.7"

Vee Tire Bulldozer 26x4.7"

If you are looking for maximum flotation the latest 4.7" and 4.8" tires are a good start. You'll need to ensure that your bike can cram them in, but tires like Vee Tire's Bulldozer provide excellent traction in loose snow conditions. With a single silica compound tread, aggressive center and side knobs provide great straight line and corner grip. The larger size does increase weight a bit with the Bulldozer tipping the scales at 1555 grams each. The folding bead version features 120 tpi casing, while a less expensive, $100 option has a wire bead. Vee Tire offers the Bulldozer in black or white tread. | Price: $130 | More info at veetireco.com

Vittoria Bomboloni 26x4.0"

Vittoria Bomboloni 26x4.0"

Vittoria produces its Bomboloni (Italian for doughnut) in 26x4.0" for fat bikes as well as 3.0" for 27.5+ and 29+. With a 120 tpi casing, a dual compound tread and automotive inspired tire knobs, the Bomboloni offers a great year round fat tire. It rolls well while still offering good traction in snowy conditions. At 1350 grams and tubeless compatible, the Bomboloni is a nice fast-rolling tire for off-road riding. | Price: $110 | More info at www.vittoria.com

Specialized Ground Control Fat

Specialized Ground Control Fat 26x4.0"/4.6"

The Specialized Ground Control Fat uses a snow-specific tread pattern to offer solid climbing, braking, and cornering traction on the fluffy stuff. Casing is a reasonably supple 120 tpi and these tires are tubeless ready so you can ditch the heavy tubes. Approximate weight for the 26x4.6" version is 1450 grams. | Price: $40-$130 | More info at www.specialized.com