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I can attest to the durability of gator skins.
once i switched over to them for training, i havent had one flat.
And people rave about their pucture resistance, but another great trait is their durability.
I dont know what kind of rubber theyre using but 3000 miles later on the same tires, no flats, and no wear indicator yet.
I've been using GP4000s lately. They're not the best tires in the wet but they are at least as good as michelin PR3s. And they last a long time.
I have used Gatorskins in the past and have had no complaints with them either.
but I've had good luck with conti gator skins and specialized armadillo tires.
neither one are especially light...
I would recommend running the tires you want with a liner and heavier tubes...
on race day pull the liner, and swap to latex and you'll feel like your on a cloud!
My reasoning is that tubes and liners are cheaper than 2 sets of tires.
I went from GP4000 & ProRace to Gatorskins to increase durability, and after 6 months took perfectly good Gatorskins off which still sit in my garage and put on Vittoria Open Pave. All of these had latex tubes as well.
I couldn't stand the 'dead' and heavy feeling that Gatorskins had and wanted something that was a nicer ride. I've had the Vittoria's on now for about 12 months without a puncture.
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