After years and years of 1.9 to 2.3 tires, I have been trying the wider tire/ wider rim. These are relatively light for their size and tread pattern. So am I, so I have little trouble with the durability of the Maxxis light weight EXO casings. They perform much like the narrower versions but provide a welcome bit of extra bit cush at lower air pressures on my shortish travel Santa Cruz 5010. At first they feel a bit less precise than the narrower versions, but I have adapted.
Use this tire on Pivot Mach 5.5 in the front. Ride mostly front range in Denver CO and recently in Moab, Slick Rock and Porcupine. Just a great all purpose tire that I don't think about, it holds in every corner....trust this one!
I've run a much more rounded balloon style small knobby tire the past 2 years that worked great on dry and slick rock (Sedona, etc.). These new tires are more suited to the typical NW trail with a variety of damp, wet, rooty and dry. Will especially appreciated the traction on short steep uphills and cornering.