VITTORIA Randonneur Hyper tyre, £34.99,

Snapped up quickly by the test team’s most fanatical tourer due to it being a featherweight in its class — the result of a superlight kevlar folding bead and supple (120tpi) casing. Close up, the all-new triple-layer puncture protection almost appears flimsy, though in action it’s had no problems through post-storm debris. And while the tread slits should theoretically aid grip in the wet, that’s when we found performance was less than brilliant, especially inflated to 
the 95psi maximum. The reflective sidewall band is highly visible at night. Available in 32/35/38c widths.

PROS perfect for touring
CONS quality costs