Re: Tire Recommendations...
When I had my '97 Explorer, I ran Dunlop Radial Rovers. Don't know if they're available in your size..... mine were 235/75-15.... about the same rolling radius. They are a very good compromise between noise, rolling resistance, dry pavement handling, resistance to hydroplaning, and snow traction.
With any tire, as you probably know, everything is a compromise. For instance; a GREAT snow tire usually has poor stability on dry pavement, is noisy, and has high rolling resistance, while a GREAT summer highway tire is worthless in the snow or slush.