I also like the Captain except the ones I had got a torn sidewall really quick. Maybe it could have happened to any tire, who knows? But my Eskars also poped from a torn sidewall.
Love the Toro in 26" thinking about these tubeless ready & made in France also considering IRD Fire xc (made in Japan by Panaracer) not tubeless ready but supposedly quite tubeless friendly.
Post up what you decide!
Not sure if you want "True" tubeless/tubeless ready tires but I second the Ardent 2.25's they have enough sidewall beef and seem to hold up fairly well. I mix it up and run it front or rear depending upon the trails (front for no worry dry/moderate stuff )Here are some others you might want to consider (I ride MD/PA east c stuff for reference)
Maxxis Crossmark 2.1- Fast good dry rear tire when mixed with the Ardent up front and works fine tubeless Maxxis Ardent 2.4 this is a pretty big tire (seems like about a 2.35 on my stans Arch wheels when I just mounted it) It has taller transition & Edge knobs than the 2.25 version so would make a nice front tire but may be a beast out back for most xc/trail stuff unless your trying to add some cush to HT? Geax Saggaro 2.2? Grippy but not too slow and also makes a nice rear in most weather but is not too light in the tubless ready version Rampage 2.35 The closest thing to a nevegal in 29ers (IMO the 29X2.2 Nevegal is too much tire for most XC riding and kinda slow) the rampage makes a great front or rear tire but may be overkill in the rear in most conditions if you are concerned about speed I run it with an Ardent out back in the winter stuff- WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 really comes in at about a 2.35 or so depending on the wheels- it is a nice volume and is actually fairly fast and offers great grip front or rear in all but the slickest conditions-
It really comes down to your preference, trails, and what bike you are putting it on- I like different stuff for differnt reasons on my rigid vs my FS...
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