October 11, 2013
Price is great, wear is outstanding, great for an all-condition (as the ad states) rider like myself.
Not meant for mud
For anyone like me who likes to mix it up a little every ride, this tire cannot be beat. Where I live and work has a paved path greenway with various skill level trails branching off. The Soar tires make a good commuter if I decide to ride a few miles on the pavement to get to a trail and, once there, inspire confidence in their off-road capability.
I have used the Soars F&R for about a month now and they are an improvement over the Kenda Kross in their off-road abilities, but are noticeably louder and slower due to the more aggressive tread. For me, it's plenty worth it! I am gravitating to more trail time now that my health insurance has activated.
I did get almost stuck in the mud yesterday and the tires did hold on to that mud for quite a while making less slippery terrain much less navigable. Again, since I'm an adventurer, I took it as a learning experience to try a different approach.
FWIW: The tires were $35-40 for the pair new on eBay at the time. If you're curious on th eother possibly relevant details, i'm 6'5", 230lbs and these tires were mounted to a 2004 Giant Yukon (HT) disc, 26". I run very high PSI due to the paved path travel and only lower the pressure when an obstacle punctures my tube.