When I first bought my Interco TSL's about 12,000 miles ago, local guys from the desert scene tried to talk me out of it stating the compound was too soft and would wear out too fast. Well, they are bald now and hind sight being 20/20 they were right. For SoCal, they are way too soft given the dirt, sharp rocks and sand which makes up 80% of the terrain. We rarely see rain, snow or mud. What I have gotton used to is the thick sidewalls and pucture resistance. I've been looking at the BFGoodrich, Goodyear and Michelin Brands but the local guys are slicing sidewalls a lot which is turning me away (I'm spoiled now by the TSL's) so I'm looking away from those. The other wearing factor on my tires is the huge amount of asphault they see but I like the aggressive design and dont care about the road characteristics at all. I can live with heavy noise, imbalance and even a loss of a little traction for something with a harder compound than Interco offers. Given that, what have you all seen regarding the MT Baja Claw, Dick Cepek Kevlar or Ground Hawg tires in the 36"-38" range. These seem to have harder rubber and more of the trade-offs I'm looking for. Opinions from those who see them often in terrain other than mud, rain or snow?