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.
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:
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season buying options
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