Panaracer Rampage 29er 29x2.35 Folding Tire
Panaracer Rampage 29er Folding Tire is an all condition all terrain 29er tire. Tough and light with a great mud shedding tread and outstanding descending properties. This might be the best 29er you'll ever use.
I've run this tire tubeless from the Rockies down to AZ and I haven't found another tire that eats up chunks like this one. I've also found it to be the most durable. Typically would go through one front tire for every two. Heavier side of things yes, but for a 2.4 it's still pretty good. Compared to others I have had, the sidewall is much better. For AM riding, I don't think I would change the front.
I bought the 2 pack because of the price. I was new to the 29er world at the time and went for wide tires. I love it as a front tire. Rolls well and inspires confidence in the turns. They do slide a bit, but it's been predictable every time. I have them run in reverse (as per noted on the tire) and they hook up VERY well. Rarely slip even on steep, loose terrain. However they are slow in the rear (but they're an AM tire anyways so cares). I will switch to a smaller tire in the rear in the future, but I'm in no rush because of the slow wear and toughness of the Rampage. Have them on Sun Ringle Charger Pros, tubeless with Stan's. Easy to set up tubeless but needed an air compressor. Never had any problems with burping or punctures.
After years of suspended cycling I went back to rigid this year. I was looking for a fatter tire with more grip to make up for the lack of suspension. The Rampage fits the bill perfectly. Soaks up the hits and hooks up in all conditions I've encountered so far. I'm an east coast rider, so I see a mix of dry, mud, rocks and roots, and fast hardpack.