3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Top notch winter and mixed condition road tire.
I switched to the Open Pave CG III on my winter road bike. I live and ride in the Pacific Northwest where our winters are not particularly icy or cold but are very wet. We tend to accumulate a lot of road debris, especially along the edges of lanes and throughout bike lanes and cycle tracks. Gravel roads tend to become soupy muddy messes. A wider profile all conditions tire is a must for winter cycling. I don't ride competitively anymore, but I do ride hard and often. Performance and durability trump most cost concerns for me. I've experienced no loss of speed or endurance with the Open Pave CG III but have noted improved cornering and confidence due to rubber compound, tread pattern, sidewall construction, etc. It's not necessarily a direct benefit of the tire, more of the increased contact patch, but comfort is improved too with no significant weight penalty. I'm hard pressed to even discern a weight difference and any that exists is insignificant compared to the tire's other benefits. I cannot yet speak to durability, but performance to date suggests these tires will roll well throughout the season, which around here lasts a long time. Apart from the Open Pave CG III I ride mostly tubeless road tires. So my only criticism is that I'd love to see this tire come out in a tubeless clincher version so I can run it at lower pressures. That said, I've used Vittoria tires before and this one trumps them all. Compared to other top brands, Vittoria generally and the Open Pave CG III specifically are very hard to beat. Aesthetically, that new green sidewall is really sharp and adds a nice pop of color to otherwise gray, hazy days in the saddle. It's not a budget buy, but you get what you pay for right? Overall impression, buy them, ride them, love them.
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