This is a very consistent and competent tire. I live in the high country and ride in mud, clay, sand,rocks, rivers and snow. This tire wears extremely well. The new side casing creates better grip. The wide knob spacings allows clay and mud to flick out. I used to run hard tires in summer and soft in winter. I now use this tire all year round. I have put aside the Kenda's, Dunlops
Bridgestones and Motoz, they are all good tires but do not have the all around qualities of the Star Cross 5 Mediums.
These tubes may be heavy but they are very strong. I ride only desert single track with lots of big sharp rocks and cactus and no flats yet. I'm a big guy 250+ pounds and I only run 12psi with these and no pinch flats.
Here is a top pro secret, almost every top pro team
uses a bib moose in the rear tire for the outdoors.
I have been using bibs in both front and rear for decades!
It's takes some getting use to, but if you ride "outdoors"
they will keep you safe from DNFs for years!
I bought the rear Anakee III for my V-Strom and it is great so far 200 plus miles on it and the first week we had rain after non for almost 7 months and this tire felt real good on the wet oily asphalt. So far I love it. I am not sure how it will wear but I read good reviews about that too.