I just switched from angled Sand Geckos (21x11x10) on my Pred to straight Skat Trak Haulers (20x10x10, 8 paddle). The difference was so day and night, that I cannot give enough praise about the improvement from the Haulers. The quad performs like a total different beast in the sand now.
I ride almost exclusively at Glamis Dunes in SO CAl, and these tires grip like crazy. The allow a bit better gearing than the slightly taller Gecko's gave, and they literally launch the quad forward compared to the Gecko's. I have to lean forward quite a bit to keep the front end down. I put the Gecko's on my wife Trailblazer 250, and that is about where they belong. I'm glad I had somewhere to put them so they were not a total waste of money.
The Haulers still allow me to turn well, but a bit more throtle and body movement is required...oh well, so much more the fun of the dunes!!
The Haulers are a bit more expensive, but I really feel they are worth the difference.
I have two sets... Sand Skate II's (V-Blade) and Haulers (Straight Blade). I run the Haulers only when I know I'm going to be drag racing. Otherwise, I run the Sand Skates. I prefer the way they handle because the quad turns more easily and slides more easily, which to me is more fun.
It's a personal preference thing. I tend to suggest you start out with V-Blades and then try a set of straight blades after a while and decide from there.
One thing is for sure... the Sand Geckos are not a great V-Blade tire. I really like the Sand Skate IIs. They seem ideally suited for the Predator.
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