marathon xr - very tough, not too heavy
marathon supreme - even tougher, cool looking tread, again not too heavy
marathon plus - very heavy, toughest on the planet,
and the continental travel contact
Unfortunately, I have not found an LBS that carries both. My impression from manufactors' websites is that the travel contact might be lighter, have less rolling resistance, tough but not quite up to any of the above, and half the price (jenson has the "contact" at $22, and the "travel contact" for only $4 more).
I know there are plenty of proponents for each, but for those who have lived in both camps, does this sound accurate? Most comments on these boards are of the form "XX is great", but I'm specifically after head-to-head comparisons.
Secondly, the $26 tire at jenson really is the made-in-germany tire everyone loves?