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The top 12 best all-weather road bike tires

If you want to extend your road riding adventures beyond those sunny days, it means you’re going to look for the best all-weather road bike tires.

For as soon as it starts raining, you’ll want a set of tires that won’t leave you stranded at the side of the road, working on a flat. Rainy conditions mean debris starts sticking to your tires more easily, increasing the risk of punctures.

The standard puncture protection technology for road bike tires are breakers. These are strips of protective material sitting underneath the center tread, running the width of the entire casing, or a dual setup. Breakers are made from a wide range of synthetic materials, most notably, kevlar reinforced fabrics and polymers.

And where standard road tires almost always come as slicks, an all-weather road bike tire might have a tread pattern, which more easily moves wetness away from the surface of the tire, increasing grip.

This list of the best all-weather road bike tires feature the most durable tires you can ever fit on your bike. Let’s see what I came up with.

Because there are so many tires and sizes to choose from, I’ve added a table overview at the end of the article.

Continental Gator Hardshell

Continental Gator Hardshell
Continental Gator Hardshell

The Continental Gator Hardshell is the one of the most puncture-resistant tires Continental’s lineup with touring and road bike qualities.

It offers a 3-ply 60 TPI carcass reinforced with a wider PolyX breaker underneath the slick center tread, which is a tightly woven polyester fiber to prevent objects from penetrating the tire.

Besides the breaker, the tire also features the bead-to-bead DuraSkin polyamide fabric, giving the tire its characteristic reddish weave on the sidewall. It serves both as an added layer of puncture-protection and sidewall-reinforcement.

Naturally, all this added protection adds some weight, but as far as puncture-protection for fast commuters and road bikes go, this tire is nothing short of astonishing in that department.

Expert Experience

Andy Howe | Technical writer – October 15, 2015

The Gator Hardshell is a very durable, puncture resistant and comfortable tyre, at relatively high pressure it is yielding and comfortable for long rides. When it comes to a high speed training session or 50+ mile chain gangs this would not be my first choice but in terms of a winter training tyre, club runs and for committed commuters this is an excellent tyre.

Pros and Cons

Continental Gatorskin

Continental Gatorskin
Continental Gatorskin

Very similar to the Hardshell version the Continental Gatorskin is an incredible road bike tire with an exceptional level of puncture protection.

It offers a more supple 3-ply 180 TPI carcass with the same PolyX Breaker, a tightly woven polyester fabric sitting underneath the center tread, preventing foreign objects from reaching the air chamber.

It also has the Duraskin bead-to-bead protection, reinforcing its sidewalls and giving the tire its distinctive burgundy appearance, and adding an extra protective layer made from an incredibly strong polyamide fabric.

This tire is the pinnacle of perfection, offering the seemingly unattainable blend of maximum puncture-protection without sacrificing to much in the weight department, all in a road bike tire with a slick tread pattern. An absolute no-brainer for people who appreciate hard-wearing, fast-rolling tires.

Expert Experience

Robin Wilmott | Contributor – Feb 8, 2023

There’s a reason the Gatorskin is so popular. It has a reputation for an enticing combination of ride quality, flat protection and durability – with a leaning towards the latter. My testing has shown this to be well-founded.

There are few tyres that give as much riding confidence while offering such strong protection against punctures as the Gatorskin.

Pros and Cons

Continental Grand Prix 4-Season

Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season

The Continental Grand Prix 4-Season utilizes an extra bead-to-bead layer Continental calls Duraskin, reserved for their most durable tires.

Each road tire in the Continental lineup uses a puncture resistant breaker for the center tread. The Grand Prix 4-Season uses two, effectively doubling its puncture resistance when compared with the other tires. It makes for a road bike tire with a ridiculous level of puncture resistance, and is something I haven’t seen in any other road bike tire I’ve researched.

And last but not least, the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season uses 3 layers of 110 TPI for both durability and longevity, without sacrificing too much in terms of weight, grip and ride feel. Which makes this tire one of the if not the most fit-and-forget tires you can find.

The only thing keeping this tire from a 5-star rating is that it’s not available in a tubeless version. It comes in sizes 23, 25, 28 and 32 mm.

Expert Experience

Ashley Quinlan | Senior technical editor – November 9, 2022

The Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tyre has been a popular all-season option for club and competitive riders for years – and it’s still hard to argue against its plus points (unless you’re considering going tubeless).

Instead of prioritising speed with only a hint of added hardiness, the Grand Prix 4 Season hits an admirable blend of toughness, longevity, grip and speed.

Pros and Cons

Continental Sprinter Gatorskin

Continental Sprinter Gatorskin
Continental Sprinter Gatorskin

If you’re looking for puncture protection that comes in a tubular package, the Continental Sprinter Gatorskin is your best bet.

It offers the same DuraSkin layer wrapped all around the tire as does the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season. Where it differs is both the breaker and the compound.

The Sprinter Gatorskin has a 3-layered 180 TPI all-weather casing and the SafetySystem breaker is made from kevlar reinforced nylon.

The tire is available in a black 22 or 25 mm width.

Expert Experience

Sorin Boriceanu | Professional Triathlete – May 24, 2013

I highly recommend the Sprinter Gatorskin tubulars for an everyday tyre, even for the occasional race. I would not recommend them for priority races as ITU Races. The thick construction and flat protection soak up too much energy better used in propelling you forward.

Pros and Cons

Panaracer Agilest

Panaracer Agilest
Panaracer Agilest

The Panaracer Agilest is the newest addition to the Japanese tire manufacturer’s road bike tire lineup.

The standard clincher variant is one of the lightest tires available, with the “wide” 28mm version sitting at just 210 grams per tire.

They’ve achieved this weight with the new and much lighter ZSG Agile compound, which is a combination of a single 120 TPI ply with a puncture resistant breaker.

Coming in a variety of color combinations, including a gorgeous amber one, and being a long-time fan of Panaracer, I can do very little but instantly count this road bike tire among my favorites.

Expert Experience

Steve Williams | Product reviewer – May 2, 2023

I don’t suggest you go gravelling with these, but they’ve proved confidently tenacious and communicative on dirty, gritty and often badly potholed back lanes, while still accelerating and rolling well. In these aspects they match the tubeless versions, which use the same ZSG Agile compound.

They’ve resisted punctures in the same way too, despite the poor conditions wrought by spring tractor action and winter ice, and inevitably their handling feels identical – hard climbing and braking grip is good, wet grip is great and they steer very neutrally.

Pros and Cons

Panaracer Agilest Duro

Panaracer Agilest Duro
Panaracer Agilest Duro

The Panaracer Agilest Duro is without a doubt, the most puncture-resistant, yet lightweight road bike tire on the market.

The puncture resistance differs markedly by including the ProTite Belt, a breaker Panaracer also uses in their touring tires. On top of that an extra bead-to-bead breaker covers the entire casing.

By adding the extra breaker, they’ve bumped up the weight just a bit, but the 220 grams for a 25mm version is incredibly impressive.

Pros and Cons

Panaracer GravelKing (Tubed)

Panaracer GravelKing (Tubed)
Panaracer GravelKing (Tubed)

The tubed version of the Panaracer GravelKing inherits the compound and puncture protection technology of the entire lineup, but is offered in road bike tire dimensions.

This means you have your standard 23 to 28mm variants, with the durable ZSG compound, and the very reliable ProTite Shield Plus breaker. Which is a step up from their standard ProTite breaker, and also reinforces the sidewalls.

I use these tires for my daily driver, which is basically a road bike with panniers and fenders. They look great, ride even better, and though after many miles, there are small cuts on the well worn carcass, I haven’t had a flat.

All Panaracer tires are very low weight, including these ones. So whether you’re going to use them for a fast commuter, or a puncture-proof 4-season option for your road bike, know that these are some of the best road bike tires out there.

Pros and Cons

Panaracer Pasela ProTite

Panaracer Pasela ProTite
Panaracer Pasela ProTite

Panaracer makes very nice mid-level priced tires. And they also offer some of the best-looking ones for retro builds. I choose the Panaracer Pasela ProTite over the normal Pasela, because it’s lighter, comes in a folding version and has better puncture protection.

The ProTite bead-to-bead protection covers is a tightly woven fabric covering the entire width of the tire, and sits in a mid-tier casing, offering a great combination of puncture protection, and low weight.

In general the Pasela ProTite are lightweight and true skin walls, that’ll look great on your bike.

Expert Experience

Shaun Audane | Technical writer – December 24, 2017

I still rate the Paselas and reckon they’re a good bet for training – especially on older bikes where preserving originality is welcome. The wide range of sizes also means they’re worth considering for cyclo-cross or gravel bikes that double as winter trainers. That said, I’d stick with the wire beads and save £30 a pair (at RRP); while likeable, the folding versions are outclassed on value by faster-rolling, higher-pressure contemporaries.

Pros and Cons

Panaracer Race D Evo 4

Panaracer Race D Evo 4
Panaracer Race D Evo 4

The Panaracer Race D Evo 4 is the 4-season option from the Japanese brand’s race lineup.

The tires feature a 3D casing (Double Dip Duru Cover). That’s a fancy name to tell you that they offer dual breakers, the ProTite Belt sitting underneath the center tread, and a bead-to-bead one which reinforces the entire casing including the sidewalls.

That’s impressive, and certainly helps to prevent punctures and snake bites even more, making this a very solid contender and a high-quality all season option.

Expert Experience

Stu Kerton | Senior Product Reviewer – April 15, 2021

I found the Evo 3 tyres quick and grippy, and these Evo 4s are no different. The tacky feel to the ZSG compound really grabs on as you fly through a fast corner or tight roundabout.

The bike I swapped these onto was originally wearing Continental’s GP5000s, one of the best out there when it comes to grip and performance, and I can barely feel any difference at all. They both offer confidence-inspiring grip and impressive speed. The ride quality of the Panaracers is good too – very supple, even at high pressures.

Pros and Cons

Pirelli Cinturato Velo

Pirelli Cinturato
Pirelli Cinturato

If you ask me, Pirelli Cinturato’s understated design is one of the best on this list. This tubeless-ready tire is far more robust than the P Zero on this list, going in the direction of a gravel tire.

A kevlar-reinforced breaker offers bead-to-bead protection, besides a smaller one sitting underneath the tread. The more durable 60 TPI casing is heavier, but will last you longer. Called Armour Tech, it’s the solution of choice for making these tires truly all-weather condition tires, offering great grip and puncture resistance all through the year.

That added protection does mean they will tip the scales at 300 and 340 grams for the 26 and 28 mm versions. So it’s no weight-weenie tire.

Expert Experience

Oscar Huckle | Technical writer – January 1, 2023

The Pirelli Cinturato Velo tyre has seriously impressed through testing and is now one of my top choices for winter use.

Although there are grippier tyres available, there’s no shortage of speed for the construction offered, and it has proven tough too.

As well as a very competent winter tyre, if you want a fit-and-forget tyre to run all year round (and you’re happy to compromise performance a little in the warmer months), the Cinturato Velo will be an excellent option.

Pros and Cons

Schwalbe Durano DD

Schwalbe Durano DD
Schwalbe Durano DD

The Schwalbe Durano DD utilizes the RaceGuard casing, which reinforces the rubber with nylon.

It’s not a light tire by any stretch of the imagination, but all this added weight does make sure that from a puncture protection standpoint you’re well guarded indeed. In terms of the weight department almost all brands lose from Continental. Schwalbe is traditionally a company that makes tires on the right side of the weight equation. It’s for these reasons I prefer the other German brand over Schwalbe, but some people will swear upon the Schwalbe brand.

In sizes 23 up to 28 and both a folding and wired version.

Expert Experience

Lex Spedding | Site Owner – 21 December 2023

The Schwalbe Durano Double Defense tyres offers up a bit of everything. The weight isn’t really issue, but there are lighter winter tyres out there and fitting them will requires patience and incredibly strong thumbs. The handling and grip is very good in most conditions (sadly it hasn’t been cold enough to test in frozen conditions) but it feels like they lack a turn of pace and you have to work to get up to speed. But what they lack in speed, they make up for in endurance and whilst being dubbed as a winter/training tyre – I’d happily ride them in spring or summer sportive.

Pros and Cons

Schwalbe Durano Plus

Schwalbe Durano Plus
Schwalbe Durano Plus

The Schwalbe Durano Plus is a road bike tire that utilizes the SmartGuard belt.

The thought behind this puncture resistant layer is rather simple, but has stood the test of time, making it a popular choice in the fight against flats.. What you do is you make the belt, sitting underneath the center tread, so thick that you could virtually run over anything without getting a flat.

Its system is utilized in their Marathon lineup as well and has found its way into this road tire. It sits at the top of their puncture proof technologies. With an extra 5 mm of material stuffed in the tire, you can basically push a thumbtack into it and still hold air.

That material does add weight, so it’s easily a 100 grams heavier than a lighter competitor. It’s also not the most supple tire, so this tire definitely caters to those who are really sick and tired of finding themselves at the side of the road with their bike upside down. And obviously, it’s a solid training tire.

On the other hand, I don’t think any other tire beats this one in terms of being puncture proof.

Expert Experience

Rachel Sokal | Technical writer – December 20, 2022

Instantaneously the Durano changed the feel of my bike, simultaneously providing brilliant grip alongside a nice and quick roll. The more I rode and trusted the grip of the tire, the more confidence the tire gave back. It’s been a long time since a single change in a component has made such a difference to the feel of my bike.

The Schwalbe Durano Plus might not be the lightest tire on the market but its quick rolling, nicely grippy and has great puncture protection which is a pretty good combination for the winter and beyond.

Pros and Cons

Specifications all-weather road bike tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
TPI
Continental Gator Hardshell
700Cx28
28-622
340
Black
Black
BlackChili
Hardshell
foldable
3/180
Continental Gator Hardshell
700Cx28
28-622
270
Black
Black
BlackChili
Hardshell
wired
3/180
Continental Gator Hardshell
700Cx25
25-622
340
Black
Black
BlackChili
Hardshell
foldable
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx28
28-622
360
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx28
28-622
280
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx25
25-622
245
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx25
25-622
315
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx23
23-622
305
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
wired
3/180
Continental Gatorskin
700Cx23
23-622
230
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / PolyX Breaker
foldable
3/180
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
700Cx28
28-622
295
Black
Black
Max Grip
DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker
foldable
3/330
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
700Cx25
25-622
230
Black
Black
Max Grip
DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker
foldable
3/330
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
700Cx23
23-622
235
Black
Black
Max Grip
DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker
foldable
3/330
Continental Sprinter Gatorskin
700Cx25
25-622
275
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / SafetySystem Breaker
tubular
3/180
Continental Sprinter Gatorskin
700Cx22
22-622
265
Black
Black
BlackChili
DuraSkin / SafetySystem Breaker
tubular
3/180
Panaracer Agilest
700×23
23-622
180
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×23
23-622
180
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Blue
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×25
25-622
190
Black
Red
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×28
28-622
210
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest
700×28
28-622
210
Black
Amber
ZSG Agile
AX-Alpha / TF Super Belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Duro
700×23
23-622
210
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
TF Super Outer Shield / ProTite belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Duro
700×25
25-622
220
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
TF Super Outer Shield / ProTite belt
foldable
120
Panaracer Agilest Duro
700×28
28-622
250
Black
Black
ZSG Agile
TF Super Outer Shield / ProTite belt
foldable
120
Panaracer GravelKing (Tubed)
700Cx26
26-622
240
Black
Black
ZSG Natural
AX-Alpha / ProTite Shield Plus
foldable
126
Panaracer GravelKing (Tubed)
700Cx26
26-622
240
Black
Tan
ZSG Natural
AX-Alpha / ProTite Shield Plus
foldable
126
Panaracer Pasela ProTite
700×25
25-622
250
Black
Amber
ZSG
ProTite Shield / 400D Lite Extra Cord
foldable
66
Panaracer Pasela ProTite
700×28
28-622
270
Black
Amber
ZSG
ProTite Shield / 400D Lite Extra Cord
foldable
66
Panaracer Race D Evo 4
700Cx28
28-622
260
Black
Tan
ZSG Advanced
AX-Alpha / ProTite Belt / 3D casing
foldable
120
Panaracer Race D Evo 4
700Cx28
28-622
260
Black
Black
ZSG Advanced
AX-Alpha / ProTite Belt / 3D casing
foldable
120
Panaracer Race D Evo 4
700Cx23
23-622
240
Black
Tan
ZSG Advanced
AX-Alpha / ProTite Belt / 3D casing
foldable
120
Panaracer Race D Evo 4
700Cx25
25-622
260
Black
Tan
ZSG Advanced
AX-Alpha / ProTite Belt / 3D casing
foldable
120
Pirelli Cinturato
700Cx26
26-622
300
Black
Tan
SmartNET silica
Armour Tech
tlr
66
Pirelli Cinturato
700Cx28
28-622
340
Black
Tan
SmartNET silica
Armour Tech
tlr
66
Pirelli Cinturato
700Cx26
26-622
300
Black
Black
SmartNET silica
Armour Tech
tlr
66
Pirelli Cinturato
700Cx28
28-622
340
Black
Black
SmartNET silica
Armour Tech
tlr
66
Schwalbe Durano DD
700Cx25
25-622
295
Black
Graphite
ADDIX
Snakeskin / RaceGuard
foldable
67
Schwalbe Durano DD
700Cx28
28-622
330
Black
Graphite
ADDIX
Snakeskin / RaceGuard
foldable
67
Schwalbe Durano Plus
700Cx25
25-622
385
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
foldable
2/67
Schwalbe Durano Plus
700Cx28
28-622
450
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
foldable
2/67
Schwalbe Durano Plus
700Cx23
23-622
410
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
wired
2/67
Schwalbe Durano Plus
700Cx25
25-622
450
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
wired
2/67
Schwalbe Durano Plus
700Cx28
28-622
530
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
wired
2/67

Sources

Andy Howe, Continental Gator Hardshell 700×25, Road.cc, October 15, 2015
Sorin Boriceanu, Continental Sprinter GatorSkin Tubular Tyre Review, Sorin Boriceanu, May 24, 2013
Steve Williams, Panaracer Agilest Folding Road Tyre, Road.cc, May 2, 2023
Shaun Audane, Panaracer Pasela PT Folding Tyre, Road.cc, December 24, 2017
Stu Kerton, Panaracer Race D Evo 4 tyre, Road.cc, April 15, 2021
Lex Spedding, Schwalbe Durano Double Defense Tyre Review, AATR, 21 December 2023
Rachel Sokal, Schwalbe Durano Plus tire review – reliable winter rubber, Cycling Weekly, December 20, 2022
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