A new one from Kenda, designed for the local Laguna Beach DH race of trials/extreme ride legend Hans Rey as part of their Signature series. Despite being designed for digging deep into California, it translates into a decent all-rounder over here too.
The broad split paddle tread scoops its way through deep bog and sludge in a tenacious fashion. The closely spaced edge lugs can really be leant on through turns too, although there's a noticeable shoulder slip as you transition. The stiff Iron Cap top ply and paddle tread does tend to slide on wet wood and rocks. The Iron Cap gives it impressive impact and edge protection though, and it rolls better than we expected, making it a useful year-long all-rounder.