I was asking my LBS about the XRs and they recommended the Big Apples instead. I know they are supposed to be very comfortable but how do they compare to the Marathons for touring? (malaysia, thailand, laos, vietnam, china, USA)
07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
I can't compare them to the XRs, but I ride mine on all kinds of stuff and they're incredibly comfortable.
I've had them on giant sharp gravel in KS, on forest trails up north Minnesota, and on roads and bike paths in Minneapolis. I can stay on that bike forever, and I'm sure a good bit of the reason is the tires.
Haven't had a flat, yet, either.
I tend to overinflate them for road use. I know I shouldn't, but they do feel slow.