I bought this tires solely for their reputation of protecting against flats. I live in city where the streets are pockmarked and those pockmarks are filled with broken glass and gravel. Serious tires are needed. I had Gatorskin Hardshell's on my old bike and did not get a single puncture flat in a year. This was after getting three or four flats a month with cheap tires.
I could not find 26' Hardshell's. I figured the regular Gatorskin's would not be too much of a downgrade. I was concerned when I pulled them out of the box and saw how much thinner the tread was compared to the Hardshells. It might be worth mentioning this is the hardest to install tire I have ever experienced. If I did not have a tire jack I don't think I would have been able to mount them.
I rode for about fifty miles before I hit something that cut a serious gash in the sidewall.
I will credit the customer service of Bike Tires Direct. They gave me a discount on a set of Marathon Plus tires. So far, knock on wood, no flats.
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