Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS Review [2022 Updated]

By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen
By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen

Were you searching all over the Internet for an unbiased, in-depth review on the Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS?

You have come to the right place. I will give you a review based on my nine-plus years of experience in the industry. My experience and knowledge, combined with feedback from real people like yourself, create the best tire reviews out there.

Most reviews on tires will tell you how great a product is and reiterate information found on the manufactures website. That will not be the case here. I will give you a complete understanding of the product to help you make the best decision for your needs.

Today’s review will be on the Dueler A/T RHS, an all-terrain tire designed with the everyday driver in mind. Bridgestone Tire claims this tire will give superior off-road capability while offering a smooth, long-lasting tread.

Keep reading to see how much truth there is in those claims and where this tire ranks.

Feel free to jump to any of the sections below to view a specific aspect of this tire.

Pros
Cons
Ratings
Wet Traction:
2.5/5
2.5
2.5
2.0
2.0
2.0
3.0
2.5
2.5
3.0
Dry Traction:
3.0/5
Snow Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Comfort:
2.5/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Ride Noise:
2.5/5
Hydroplaning:
2.0/5
Tread Life:
2.0/5
Value For $$$:
2.0/5

Traction - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

Traction is one of the more critical aspects of safety because without traction, how can you keep your vehicle on the road?

When it comes to traction on the Dueler AT RHS, it has severe room for improvement. The wet weather traction is okay at the beginning, some might even say it’s good. However, put about ten thousand miles on these tires, and you will slide from lane to lane.

This tire came as original equipment on my dad’s 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in a 285/45R22. One morning, I got a text message from him stating, “I was driving to work this morning and slid off the road, these tires are ass.” It had been raining, and his tires only had around fifteen thousand miles on them.

This wasn’t the only instance I have had someone tell of similar situations.

Dry traction on this Bridgestone tire will be much better than wet weather. A tread pattern not as aggressive as the competition will provide you with average stopping capability.

Since this tread pattern is made up of a smaller cluster of tread blocks, it will perform about as well as an all-season in light snow. It will not come with a three peak mountain snowflake. Therefore, I would not recommend this tire for winter driving.

I will give some credit to the fact that Bridgestone says this tire was designed for on-road use because when it comes to off-road capability, you may as well have bought a set of highway all-season tires. Their inability to grab dirt or any off-road terrain bothered me, considering it’s an “all-terrain.”

In terms of traction, do not buy this tire. Your money would be better spent on the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3, which offers much better all-season and off-road traction.

Traction Rating: 2.5/5
2.5/5

Ride Comfort - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

Were you looking for a comfortable tire that will take you on long drives with no bumpiness or vibrations?

If you answered yes, then you should stay away from this tire. This Bridgestone Dueler tire has so many issues with ride comfort it’s not even funny.

Bridgestone has a notoriously stiff rubber compound in their light truck and passenger tires, while a stiff rubber compound helps provide better handling, it hurts your comfort.

Countless times I have had customers come in and say I need my tires balanced, they’re shaking the teeth out of my mouth! Get them on the balancer and find out it’s not the balance, but they are out of round. An out-of-round tire will cause severe vibrations because the tire is no longer a circle.

I don’t know why this tire is so prone to becoming out of round. I can only say that from my experience, the overall durability is not good. I can’t guarantee that this tire will become out-of-round if you put them on your vehicle.

I can guarantee it will not be a comfortable ride and recommend you look at the Hankook Dynapro AT2 for a tire that will provide a much smoother overall driving experience.

Ride Comfort Rating: 2.5/5
2.5/5

Ride Handling - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

One of the few reasons to consider this tire would be the overall handling. The stiffer sidewalls make steering and cornering feel like they weren’t all-terrains.

The Bridgestone Dueler AT RHS will be the original tires on vehicles where the handling is already sub-par, like the Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra (depending on rim size). These vehicle manufacturers choose this tire because it will help the vehicle handle much better than other options.

You will notice reduced body roll when making turns at high speeds or sharp turns, thanks to the stiff rubber compound in the tire. Severe body roll in a tire can cause you to feel like you are being pushed to the opposite side to which you are turning.

If you are someone that tows frequently, I would recommend staying away from this tire. Having the extra weight of a trailer or boat puts a lot of stress on their sidewalls, causing extra flex, and making it harder to maneuver the vehicle. It also is available in very few light-truck sizes.

If you need an excellent handling tire built-in light truck sizes, I recommend other tire options.

Having an above-average handling rating should not be a great reason to purchase this tire as it lacks in so many other aspects.

Ride Handling Rating: 3.0/5
3.0/5

Ride Noise - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

This will be the perfect option if you enjoy driving on tires that sing on the road. While there are much louder tire options on the market, for what the price is on the Bridgestones, I would expect nothing less than a quiet ride.

The tread design would seem like it would be an overall quiet ride compared to your typical all-terrain tires on the market. This Bridgestone Dueler has a very non-aggressive tread pattern, and it almost looks like a winter or all-season tire.

The rigid rubber compound will make every road dip echo through the vehicle’s cabin. Have you ever gone over a speed bump a little too fast and heard that thump once you made contact?

It will sound like that whenever you drive over any pebble, dip, or crack in the road.

I strongly recommend that anyone who cares about road noise and wants a non-aggressive all-terrain consider the Michelin LTX AT2.

Ride Noise Rating: 2.5/5
2.5/5

Hydroplaning - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

I already talked about people’s experiences with this tire in wet weather, so it should be no surprise that it has a low hydroplaning resistance rating.

When you look at the tread of the tire, you will notice that they have these little bars in between each tread block designed to dampen road noise. These little bars appear about one-quarter into the tread depth, causing water to stay inside the tread channels.

What happens when water builds up inside the tread?

When this happens, water accumulates under your tire, causing you to hydroplane. I don’t know about you, but I never want to be sliding sideways in the rain, and once this tire starts to wear down, it will do just that.

Even if you only see light rainfall throughout the year, I can’t recommend you choose this tire as I want everyone to be as safe as possible when driving on the road.

Instead, I recommend you look at the Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11 for a safer wet weather all-terrain tire.

Hydroplaning Rating: 2.0/5
2.0/5

Tread Life - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

How long you can expect to drive on a set of tires is a significant factor when making your tire decision, nobody wants to spend more time in the tire shop than you already have to unless you are someone like me, who thoroughly enjoys picking out their next set of rubber.

If you’re a typical consumer and can’t stand the thought of replacing your tires every one to two years, don’t keep looking at this tire. The average mileage I saw these OEM tires wear out was insane. On average, they would be replaced between fifteen to thirty thousand miles.

It is some of the worst I have seen when it comes to how well the rubber compound holds up. These Bridgestones suffer from dry rot in as little as three years, but they tend to wear out before you have to worry about that.

Their tread life is astronomically low compared to great tire options like the Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11, Continental TerrainContact A/T, and Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. Depending on the fitment, all of these tires can expect to receive a minimum of fifty thousand miles.

I recommend any of the options above for better tread life.

Tread Life Rating: 2.0/5
2.0/5

Value For Money - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

Buying new tires is not a cheap expense. Even some of the most inexpensive tires will still cost hundreds of dollars, and when purchasing a set of the Bridgestone AT RHS, you will not be getting your money’s worth.

I recommend looking at Bridgestones lesser expensive tire brand Firestone before paying hundreds to a thousand dollars for these.

When you look at the overall price of this tire option, they’re not cheap and comparing it to the little miles you’ll receive, you’re getting no bang for your buck, and that’s not taking into consideration all the other poor ratings.

Once you factor in the traction, ride comfort, and ride noise, your bang for the buck gets even worse. I also forgot that they’re not good off-road all-terrain tires, giving you no versatility.

So what are you paying for?

At the end of the day, you will be paying for a tire that Bridgestone builds. That’s correct name recognition is the only thing worth value here.

Value For Money Rating: 2.0/5
2.0/5

Final Verdict - Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS

It may have seemed that there weren’t enough bad things to say about this tire, and that’s because, in my reviews, I don’t push the product; I try to do what’s right and saying this is a tire anyone should further look at buying is just wrong.

I compared this tire to like quality tires in the Continental Terrain Contact AT and Michelin LTX AT2. While also comparing it to lesser quality products such as the Yokohama Geolander A/T G015 and Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11. All of these tires will outperform the Bridgestone Dueler AT RHS.

It goes without saying, but just because it’s a big brand name with a high price tag doesn’t mean it’s a good tire.

As I wrap up this review, I hope you take away that this is not a tire I recommend anyone waste their money on. Many other better tire options on the market would give you better value, traction, ride comfort, and off-road versatility.

Some of the options I recommend are the Continental Terrain Contact AT, Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11, and the Yokohama Geolander A/T G015.

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T RHS
OVERALL rating:
52%
2.5/5
Updated December 2, 2022
Quick Facts
  • Warranty 0 Miles
  • Typical Price $169.00 - $300.00
  • Treadwear Rating 400

Tire Recall Information

I found no recalls on the Bridgestone Dueler AT RHS as very typical for a high-quality manufacturer like Bridgestone to have a recall on their product rarely.

However, I did find a very interesting recall from them that involved twenty thousand plus tires. It is a voluntary recall where only eight affected tires have a small pinhole in the tire’s sidewall.

Not every day will you see a manufacturer recall that many tires only to try and find eight tires, but it speaks volumes about their commitment to keeping people safe.

Warranty & Tire Sizes

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bridgestone Dueler AT is an all-terrain designed for on and off-road use. In contrast, the Bridgestone Dueler HT is a highway touring designed strictly for on-road use. 

Yes, Bridgestone Tire owns Firestone Tire. Bridgestone acquired Firestone in May of 1988.

Bridgestone of Americas owns the rights and manufactures the Dueler line of tires.

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