Recommendations for a 700 x 30mm winter tyre a la Gatorskins?

Fatal Swan

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I recently collected a road bike that I couldn't resist, with the aim of setting it up as my winter bike. It's currently got 28mm Conti GP 4 Seasons on it which are nice (I might even pinch them for my summer bike actually) but I'd like to go a bit wider if I can and I think I should have just enough clearance for a 30mm front and rear. After riding 32s for a while last winter I think 30s are the sweet spot for me in any case. I don't want really a tyre that will totally kill the ride of a nice light bike, but I want something fairly robust for the winter. I'd probably be looking at something like Conti Gatorskins, only I don't think they don't come in 30mm. Any suggestions? I'd prefer folding just for the weight saving, can do tubeless or tubed. It'll be for mostly dryish conditions.

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brocklanders023

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Not sure if they come in 30mm but the Panaracer Gravel Kings I had were great tyres that gave up very little to road tyres.
 

2manyoranges

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I have found that Continental come in all sorts of sizes other than the size on the casing - some come up large, some come up small. I’d second hamster - some 32s are 30....get out the vernier....
 

Fatal Swan

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Cheers! I've had some Panaracer T-Serv and Pasela in 32s in the past that did come up a bit small I reckon. They would probably be ok (they're a bit slow but grippy for the winter) though the sidewalls on the Paselas in particular weren't that robust. It's possible the 4 Seasons are good enough in that respect but I would like to try a little wider.
I also found that new, the folding Panaracers I bought new were an absolute pain to get on the rims and I wouldn't want to have to do that out on the road in winter if I punctured - though maybe I could try a used pair that might have stretched a bit.
 
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