reohn2 wrote:rogerzilla wrote:ah...Ultra GatorSkins. Used for two weeks, two punctures, had a good look and they were completely studded with glass shards. Never again. They're not nicknamed Ultra HamsterSkins for nowt
Sorry to disagree again but I have no more problems with Gators than other tyres.
That said I would use them the for the kind of commute the OP has in mind.
I've come to the conclusion,and I'm not pointing any fingers here,but some people seem to puncture far more than others.I've had this conversation with other people and also with my LBS,the consensus seems to be riding technique or watching where you're going with regards to hazzards,some don't whilst others do.
IMHO with tyres such as M+ you simply don't need to worry as they'll most likely ride over anything without puncturing.
With other tyres that's less so,factor into that where you ride,and how careful you are where you ride and puncture risks vary.
To be precise, GatorSkins are the only tyres I've owned that have punctured through glass or other tread ingress in the last decade of riding. Honest. I had the sidewall taken out by a glass bottle (damn cyclepaths) on a Specialized Turbo S, and a pothole-induced snakebite at 160psi on a Vredestein Fortezza, but that really is it, apart from old tubes just letting go while the bike is stored. I average less than one puncture per year, maybe one every three years.
GatorSkins are the ultimate Marmite tyre - you either love or hate them. They seem to work for people who don't have the pleasure of glass-strewn psyclepaths, so maybe they fend off thorns and stuff.