It seems as if every review of a purpose-built vehicle comes with a caveat along the lines of, "too bad none of the owners will ever really use the vehicle for more than a status symbol." So we took a 2010 Hummer H3T to a Hummer Club event held on Drummond Island in northern Michigan to use it as an off-road toy.
Drummond Island is one of the very few legal places for off-roading in Michigan and it's the only location with natural rock obstacles. Once we arrived at the event, we learned the Hummer Club members were on very good terms with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and, through their dedication to protecting and preserving legal trails, the club was able to open several trails that were closed to full-size vehicles prior to the event. These are clearly not the stereotypical Hummer owners.
We spent a day navigating some very narrow trails on state-owned land and walked away very impressed by the H3T. It proved to be no more difficult to navigate through the trails that were previously only open to snowmobiles and ATVs than the regular H3 SUV -- despite having an extra 22.3 inches of wheelbase. We did scrape more skidplates than the SUVs, but we appreciated the same short overhangs, low gearing, and front and rear locking differentials as the SUV drivers.
Not content with our evaluation of the H3T on state lands, we decided to follow the advanced group, which was comprised entirely of H1s and a stray H2, to the Turtle Ridge off-road park. Turtle Ridge contains trails from wild to mild and our group favored the wild stuff. It was amazing how well the H3s and H3Ts we brought performed next to the H1s. On some obstacles, it was even easier to get through with an H3T because the H1s are so wide they require many multiple-point turns on tight sections of the trail. All the H1 owners were happy to see an H3T on the trail holding up so well. H1 owners tend to stick together on events, so this was the first time some of them were seeing an actual Hummer pickup on the rocks. Even more incredible than watching the Hummers off-road was watching the club members interact with each other. If you own a Hummer and want to try off-roading with it, you need to head to a Hummer Club event. The members will bend over backwards making you feel comfortable and teaching you how to drive off road safely and building lots of confidence in the process. Egos are very small in this group and the members could not be nicer or more welcoming. You never need to worry about being left behind or stuck fixing a broken truck alone. These are people who really use Hummers off-road and aren't afraid to get dirty.
For more information about the club, head to the Hummer Club site.