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Continental Sprinter Gatorskin review

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.

Our rating:
4/5
Reasons to buy
The most puncture resistant tubular tire on the market
Reasons to avoid
It’s a somewhat stiff tubular tire meant for off-season riding

Continental Sprinter Gatorskin ride quality

Continental made several clincher tires with the DuraSkin casing technology and the Continental Sprinter Gatorskin is the only tubular option.

It’s probably the most hard-wearing tubular on the market, with the 3-ply 60 TPI casing, and dual protective layers.

Instead of the Vectran breaker like in the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season, or PolyX breaker as in the Continental Gator Hardshell, the Sprinter comes with a SafetySystem breaker.

It’s one of the strongest one in Continental’s lineup, reserved for touring tires and this one, which says something about it’s durability.

As with all other tires that offer this technology, the tire is stiffer and less supple. Meant for off-season riding in bad conditions.

Continental Sprinter Gatorskin weight

The Continental Sprinter Gatorskin is one of the heaviest tubular tires. A 25mm width tire weighs 275 grams compared to the Challenge Strada Pro 240 grams and the Vittoria Corsa Speed 205 grams.

It underlines its nature as a winter/training tire with a strong focus on durability and puncture protection.

Continental Sprinter Gatorskin puncture protection

The Continental Sprinter Gatorskin has the following puncture protection:

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SafetySystem Breaker

The SafetySystem Breaker is made up of Kevlar-reinforced, high-strength nylon fabric. Puncture and cut-resistant but nevertheless light and flexible, the tire adjusts quickly to the surface below. Without raising the weight or rolling resistance noticeably, it protects the carcass against foreign objects and contributes to a longer lifespan of the tire. Tires with the SafetySystem Breaker also provide good comfort properties.
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DuraSkin

Tires with DuraSkinĀ® sidewall protection are used under the harshest conditions. The high-quality polyamide fabric protects the tire casing against the worst conditions. These tires stand out thanks to their brown sidewalls.

Continental Grand Prix 4-Season buying options

Diameter
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Puncture protection
Tire bead
TPI
Max Psi
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700C
700Cx25
25-622
275
Black
Black
DuraSkin / SafetySystem Breaker
tubular
3/180
170
700C
700Cx22
22-622
265
Black
Black
DuraSkin / SafetySystem Breaker
tubular
3/180
170
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Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.