I needed new tires and went the Gatorskin route bec I did not want to worry about flats. They were fine but I could tell how much slower I was. I am training for Ironman NC. So I had long 100 mile plus rides where I was just slow. I had a friend tell me about these tires and I saw they were on sale so I bought them on this site on deal. Best decision I ever made. They are fast! Same route-40 miles, same weather conditions, same time of day and I was 2 mph faster on these tires. Love these tires.
i use these on a recumbent elf. yes good durability but the sidewalls are questionable when in contact with a direct hit. very much appreciate the reflective strip on the sidewall. these are definitely good wearing tires, with great cornering grip and fun in the rain.
I put these on as a replacement for Gatorskins. I bought a 25 for the front and a 28 for the rear (lower pressure, more cushioning, etc.). They seem to roll pretty well and I've had no flats and minimal wear over a few hundred miles. I run them on Velocity A23 rims. The front tire, a nominal 25, measures at 28mm with about 90 psi. However, the rear, a nominal 28, measures at 29 at 90 psi. I'm not sure why the 25 runs at almost the same width on the same rim as the 28. So, if you're thinking of buying some as they close out this model, you might want to take that into consideration.
I put a set of these on before taking on a personal 1,000 miles in one month challenge, last year. They have survived completely unscathed and worked well in the wet, rainy Portland winter. I have previously used Schwalbe Marathons and they are comparable, except for lacking a reflective stripe on the sidewall. Currently our roads and bike lanes are lousy with broken glass. I'm not foolhardy, I don't deliberately ride over that stuff, but I haven't had a single flat in approximately 3,000 miles of commuting and recreational rides. I keep looking at lighter, more expensive tires, but why mess with something that's already working great?