Having tried a variety of tires over the last ten years, from Vittoria (Rubino), Conti, Michelin, Specialized, and I am sure I am missing one, these are by far my favorite. I stepped up to the wider version about four or five years ago realizing the 23s were just to harsh, especially with carbon fiber wheels. I was able to run a reduced pressure which, as all the articles will tell you, improves traction especially when wet. Yes, they do not last as long as some harder tires but with the riding I do it is worth it. They last a season at best but I have not experienced any flats in the last two seasons of riding on these. Roads are fairly clean where I am at so that helps. For the record, my second favorite is the Michelin Pro4 Service Course but unless I have major issues with Vittoria I am not going back. I do not race but participate in some very aggressive group rides one to two times per week aside from solo riding. I ride five to seven days per week, wracking up about 5,000 miles (outside) per year - the rear is definitely ready to be replaced. Turbo trainer work is done on a different bike with last years tires - makes sure I get the most use out of them. Just ordered the Vittoria with Graphene for next season and look forward to riding on them once spring hits.