I ride 4000 road miles plus a few MTB miles annually. As a mature but still aggressive rider (70), I appreciate a tire with good durability and performance characteristics. This is a great tire for dependable training and non-race events. Light enough to be an efficient road tire, but tough enough to ride through occasional gravel sections. Very durable and puncture resistant, even in Arizona.
As a 71 year old retiree I have the privilege of riding a titanium Habanero crosstour bike with disk brakes for 150 to 250 miles each week. Plus the Continental tired Habanero takes me on 2 or 3 tours of 300 to 400 miles each summer. I pack light (- 40 lbs) and the 4 Season 28 mm tires carry that total 225 lbs over country roads and hard packed gravel with ease. I buy a new set for the summer tours then ride them out in the wet falls and winters of the Willamette Valley. They flat seldom. Unavoidable road debris cuts the tread but the tough core protects the tube. The slight increase in tire weight provides a security tread for all conditions increasing my confidence in cornering at high speeds. Yes, 71 year olds can attain high speeds and corner without causing heart attacks or strokes. I trust this tire more than any (and I have bought and replaced many tires). I could but wont' name a few duds that cost about the same.
This has become my tire of choice for year round use. Yes, the Conti 4000 may be marginally faster but Im not racing. The Gatorskin ride is very poor in my opinion which is a huge limitation.
So an excellent wearing, very flat resistant, good feeling tire describes this model perfectly. Occasionally after some rain rides, Ill inspect the tire for imbedded glass. Inevitably I find some but apparently the Vectran has done its job. Ill pick the pieces out, put a spot of superglue in the hole and forget about it.
In short I love this tire!
I really enjoy riding on Continental tires. Typically in nice conditions I'll be on Conti GP4000IIs tires but, when I know conditions will be poor and the road may not be very nice, I like to slip on these Conti GP4-Seasons.
I've used these tires for when I'm going to do a long ride in the rain or when I'm going to be going over more difficult roads. I feel quite confident taking these tires through a slightly rough gravel trail section without having to worry about a puncture.
I also used these for a criterium which took place in the rain. A few guys fell in a set of technical corners but I was able to get through with confidence with these tires.
All in all, I would recommend having a set of these 4-seasons on hand in case you are going to be riding in off weather. Or if you expect to be riding on mixed roads, they are quite robust in terms of puncture resistance.
This tire is pricey. But with 430 TPI, puncture protection, and relatively light weight, there really isn't another tire like it on the market. I roll with it on both my road bikes year-around. And I only buy it when it's on sale.
I've been riding the 28mm version of these tires in the beating down rain, crud, gravel, branches, rocks and muck on the side of the road in Pacific NW springtime. No flats, traction is very reassuring and the tires feel great. I ride them at low pressures (65-70 PSI) on wide-ish rims. Did I mention the ride feel is great? Comfortable, not harsh. I've ridden other 28mm tires at the same pressure and those others are not as comfortable. Can't speak to long-term durability but so far they are holding up great with a few hundred miles on them.
Note these are muck and grunge training or commuting tires, not racing tires. That's what I rated them as. If you want lightweight racing tires with low rolling resistance, these ain't those. But as winterspring training tires, these are the best tires I've run in years. Very satisfied.
I picked up a pair of these while on sale at a great price. I use them for general road riding/training and for a few gravel-grinder organized rides (Hell of Hunterdon, Fool's Classic). After using several brands/models of tires, these have held up the best for the gravel roads. MUCH better than GatorSkins which I have had terrible luck with tearing the sidewalls on several. This is a much better tire IMO and a better price. Supple enough to use as a daily road tire as well.
I'm 140lb and the 25mm work well for me - I don't like the ride/feel of wider tires. Zero punctures, flats, or tears after many miles of rough gravel.
Have always had good luck with Continental tires, and I especially like the GP 4-Seasons for my winter bike due to its nice ride quality, excellent grip on wet pavement, and decent flat resistance. The tread compound does seem fairly soft, which is undoubtedly why they grip so well, so they may not last as long as tires with a harder compound - but for me that's a worthwhile trade-off. I'm happy to get 1,500 - 2,000 miles on a set of tires and the GP 4-Seasons will do that easily.
I ride about 180-200 miles per week on my own most of the time. This tire is very good at resisting puncture and has a great wear ingredient without compromising performance. I've been riding for more than 25 years and have always had the best of experiences on Conti tires.
I use the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season for winter road riding. The rubber compound seems to be sticker then most road tires I have used and a good tread pattern all the way into the center of the tire for water displacement. I have 1000 miles so far with very little wear. I should be able to get another 2 to 3 thousand miles on these tires.
Since switching to this brand and the 4season model I would never go back. Offered in a variety of width these beauties can handle it all. The tyres leave me feeling confident in all conditions but there puncture resistance is by far their best quality. its well worth the investment.