I seem to be going through Conti 4 Season tyres at a rate of knots (and I've always been a big fan). Both tyres had been on a while but weren't worn out. On the front tyre I noticed a 'bulge' and quickly changed it before a ride; forgot to forensicly check the old tyre before chucking it. Month later; 'bang' and the (old) rear tyre blew out. There was a 2-3mm nick in the tyre but it had bulged and blown. New back tyre, 2nd ride and another puncture. I'd just been down (not fast) some gravel bit of cycle path but that's not uncommon for me and lanes can be pretty strewn with debris. 1-2mm tear and there was a fleck of 'weave' (below rubber) showing; thought it was a sharp stone or glass. My inflator failed so could only get 70ish psi into the tyre with a pump. Got home and pumped it up to 120psi; not visible but if you run a finger over the tyre there is a slight lump. Kind of think that tyre will head the same way as the other 2. Given there's a seed of doubt in my mind I can see me binning a new tyre. These weren't out of the ordinary punctures but the fact that the tyres seem to distort is pretty rubbish for top rated tyres (not that cheap as well). Kind of think I've got a duff/fake batch. Hate to have to go on a quest for a new 'go-to' tyre.
Also, anyone got a recommendation for a reliable inflator and a pump that you can get a decent pressure with without having arms like Arnie S. Bike just feels sluggish when one of tyres isn't at optimum pressure.