The Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme tyres bill themselves, as suggested in the name, as Xtreme (sorry) weather tyres - so perfect then, for three seasons of UK riding.
We had the 25mm versions in for testing, and threw ourselves out into the rain with aplomb at the first sightings of precipitation.
They originally replaced my commuting tyres, and therefore they had to put up with pretty crappy roads in all weathers, and the mix of lower pressures and great grip dealt with the very worst I could throw at them.
They have managed several thousand kilometres without any punctures nor slide-outs in the wet, despite me donning my old college volleyball knee-pads and seeing if I could lose the front wheel on fast roundabouts. In that respect they have totally won my confidence. Come rain or shine, they have provided comfortable riding, with smooth rolling and decent acceleration and while they are not the lightest tyre on the market, they don't seem to suffer because of the extra weight.
Tyre wear has been minimal, and while they have a goodly amount of cuts in them, nothing has got through, to cause late-night walks home. Vredestein have implanted their tightly woven polyamide layer not just in the centre strip, but across the whole tyre, ensuring that puncture resistance is increased across the whole tyre - including the sidewalls.
At £45, they are certainly not the cheapest option, but on the flip side if your time is more valuable riding than fixing punctures then they seem to be a much better proposition.
Not the cheapest option, but for puncture free, all-weather riding, a sensible one
road.cc test report
Make and model: Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme
Size tested: 700x25c
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Aimed at the all-weather racers and trainers out there, the Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme Weather tyre adds puncture resistance and extra grip for the wettest of weathers.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
XWS compound for extra grip in wet and cold conditions with TriComp Technology - ideal for both wet and dry conditions
Curve Control System and a wear-resistant tread with extremely low rolling resistance.
Available in 700C x 23/25/28mm
Both reliable in all weathers and resistant to punctures, they've been a great companion.
No issues after a couple of thousand km's of commuting and training.
Not the lightest all pun cure resistant option, but no real penalty for the security.
The 25mm version rolled well and took out the majority of the road-buzz.
Expensive, but if you don't particularly like mending tyres at the road-side, then it seems good value.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Admirable tyre, no issues in wet or dry conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Coped with local roads well, no punctures in the couple of months I've been riding them. Smoothed off the road-buzz and gave solid confidence around corners.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A solidly performing tyre, capably of handling the worst of a British winter.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 176cm Weight:
I usually ride: Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX My best bike is: Raleigh SP Race
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries