There are not many ways you can make a Land Rover Defender look any more rugged – they’re pretty much the text book definition as is. But for people looking to take their vehicles to the outer extremes of the earth, especially the non-firma parts of terra firma, then a Mattrack conversion kit will do just the trick.
Mattrack treads have 26 feet of combined surface area, which offers superior weight distribution compared to traditional off-road tires. The reduced ground pressure allows vehicles to traverse over swampy mud, loose sands, and deep snow drifts without the risk of spinning out and digging in. The increased weight distribution also allows vehicles to drive over relatively thin ice as seen above. And unlike the metal treads normally found on tanks and halftracks, Mattracks are made out of a specially formulated rubber, which means they’re completely street legal.
Designed and manufactured in Karlstad Minnesota, Mattrack has been outfitting all-terrain enthusiasts with track kits since 1994. They sell conversions for a wide variety of off-road vehicles including 4X4 trucks, farm tractors, and ATVs. And for most models, install is as easy can changing a tire. So if you’re looking to take your Defender over the ice fields of the Bering Strait, the loose sand dunes of the Sahara, or LA’s pot-hole strewn secondary streets, then strap on some Mattracks and get going.