Well, I got the DR's new shoes fitted on Saturday ($240 the pair, fitted to loose wheels and balanced) and, with a grand total of 60 kms under them, I’m provisionally impressed. Took them out for a spin following fitting, to get the mould release off them. For the first time ever, I actually noticed the goop, finding the back end trying to step out when gassing it hard out of T junctions. However, after a bit of hard braking, some slaloming and progressively increasing my lean angle on both sides, they were clean most of the way to the edges. Rode into work this morning and got the following impressions. Rock solid directional stability. The bike tracks much more positively when running at 110+, where the old Trail Wings let it wander all over the lane without significant rider input. Excellent dry grip, with none of the uneasy feeling of an impending front end washout on sharp urban turns. No tramlining whatsoever, even on some deeply grooved surfaces. The TWs followed every ripple, although, to be fair, this may have had more to do with their worn, squared off state as they had definitely got worse recently. Quiet and smooth. Definitely road tyre standard here, which, I suppose, isn’t surprising seeing as that is, effectively, what they are. Unless they turn out to exhibit frightening qualities in the wet or wear excessively quickly, or, by some fluke, I develop an interest in off-roading, I think I’ll be sticking with these for a while. Affordable and confidence inspiring is a good combination in my book.