Man is a hunter. Man in Boquete Panama may be a hunter at a fair distance from the cave. After forty thousand kilometers my Rexton required a new pair of shoes, four of them. I needed to go hunting for tires, elusive, evasive and most of all confusing. Unlike rabbits tires do not run until after affixed to a car and some run better on some types of cars. They all look like black donuts with codes printed all over them transmitting information to the hunter. They are also scattered in random places waiting to be flushed out.
Some might say a SUV should be able to get more than twenty four thousand miles on tires, those people have never driven to my house. The roads on Jaramillo vary from new and good, to new and sliding off the mountain, to stones arranged for traction, to just oozing when ever it rains. Regardless of my selection of road to travel my tires are well eaten.
As if by instinct I first drove to David and to Price Smart, Costco always had the best deals on tires back in Arizona. Price Smart had Pirelli Scorpion Tires for about $124.00 each. I have learned to use the power of the Internet to research so I went to Tirerack.com and checked on the tires. I should mention there is FREE open Wifi in the Chiriqui Mall next to Price Smart. Checking was good, the codes were bad, the Pirelli’s might be good on highways but I am driving a truck on roads of questionable status.
Another stop near the turn to the David Airport to check our Hankooks, another bit of research this time on another site. The Hankooks were about $80 each. The online comments were that they were not worth that much to the raters. The hunt continued to AutoCentro on the Interamerican directly across from the Renegado Restaurant.
I spotted the Toyo Open Country AT tires. Aggressive tires that are for a light truck, mud and snow. They sat quietly on the rack waiting for my move. The codes reflected good omens for the capture.
The hunt was over, the testosterone leveled off. At prices competitive to the US I made my kill shot with MasterCard and twenty minutes later I drove off with new shoes on my Rexton. I wonder if they will survive 40,000 Km? Only time and road conditions will tell whether the choice was right.