http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r269/gbb_photo/DSC01800-1.jpg What do you think ? This Gatorskins about 8 months to 1 year old. It split (not of its own accord, i ran over some debris)...about 3 weeks after i got it Couldnt believe it...just paid circa £17...then that happens. Being a tightwad, i thought i'd monitor it, watch to see if the gash got any bigger.....no, not in the 8 months ive been running it. Done maybe 1500 miles with the split. Its 8 mm long, does cause a tiny raising of the tyres surface if you look along the tyre, and it goes 'squish, squish, squish' as i ride along. Not loud....you can just hear it. I assume the kevlar section hasnt been compromised so its just the surface rubber. Anyone had anything similar....i know i'm taking a calculated risk, it could go 25 miles from home. I'm posting this partially cos ive seen other posts re split tyres....just to let you know they can survive some pretty heavy damage.