Another Snohomish County Passport here running KMC Bully Rims nevertheless!
Last week I swapped my 245/65R17 Falken Wildpeak Trail with 245/70R17 Falken Wildpeak AT3W (P-XL Rated). Reason for switching was I wanted a more aggressive tire and gain 0.5" ground clearance as a bonus without trimming or rub.
I don't know if it is just me, but I like how the AT3W on the Passport much better.
I had put 1700 miles on the Trail tire before switching and have since added 600 miles on the AT3W. Being Seattle both tires have mostly seen wet pavement, dirt/gravel roads, snow & ice (in the mountain passes), dry roads not so much.
The Falken Trail had no noticeable road noise difference whatsoever from stock. Performed great in wet and snow/ice.
The AT3Ws depending on the road and speed can be significantly noticeable in road noise than the Trail tires. Some roads I would say it's much louder but tolerable, most roads it's just more noticeable growl. Deep snow performance is great and it does well in wet weather. Road feels a bit softer from having slightly more sidewall. Passport definitely seems like it needs more throttle, probably due to both the AT3Ws being 2lbs heavier and the thread pattern being more aggressive.
I would say the Trail feels like it handled deeper puddles on the highway better and was a little more grippier on some ice conditions than the AT3W. Deeper snow the AT3Ws shined and I'm sure it'll shine even more when I hit some muddier trails in the future.
If you're looking for a tire that does well in dirt/gravel roads/snow/ice and you are fine with the stock sizes, the Falken Wildpeak Trail is the way to go, it feels like a more rugged all season tire that stays quiet. Needing larger tires, more aggressive tread pattern for offroad/deeper snow (or just for show), go with the Falken Wildpeak AT3W. Protection should be the same for both as both are P rated with 2-ply sidewalls and 4 Ply rated. AT3Ws do offer the LT E rated tires if more protection is needed at the expense of significantly more weight and a less grippier compound as only P rated AT3Ws have a special silica compound similar to the Trail tire for better winter grip.
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Hopefully this shines some light for those looking between these 2 tires instead of ending up with both like I did.
Some statistic like 60% of Seattle Metro were not born in Washington State, it's definitely a diverse place where people come from all over. Just don't drive like a Californian here and you'll be fine.
East of the cascades might be a different story lol