So yeah, I've been in southern Arizona for the last few months and riding around the streets...commuting and the like. I ran 23c Specialized All-Condition Armadillos for the first five months without incident-- not a single flat. I eventually replaced them (one at a time) with a Vredestein Fortezza SE in the rear and a Conti Ultra GatorSkin up front. Since then I've had a whopping four flats, all from wayward cactus thorns. Those thorns are some nasty ****-- rock hard and incredibly sharp.
Would Slime strips or tubes fare much better if used with my new tires? I figured the Fortezza wouldn't be real flat resistant, but to be honest I expected Armadillio-like performance out of the GatorSkin (after all, it's marketed as one of their most puncture-resistant tires).
Believe me, I would have gone with the 'dillos again but I was curious to try other tires in the hope of finding something a little more round / sticky. I've never used the Slime strips or tubes on a road bike-- do they give performance comparable to a set of Armadillos?