I just ordered a set. I'll see how they work out. Damn that Ian for saying nice things about them.
FWIW, I was looking for something between TKC's and Tourances. The former would be dead by the time I returned from Wyoming. The latter would last and last, but I need all the help I can get when the going gets rougher. They aren't very popular but the promise of the Maxxis is that while they don't last as long as the Tourances, or even Anakees, that they perform better off pavement.
$225/pair installed at a local shop was a price I could swallow for an experiment. In contrast, while the Tourances would last 1/2 again longer (or so I suspect), I would be paying nearly $300 for the pair. If I was going on a cross country trek, I'd probably have opted for the Tourances, but with the trips I have planned, these should suit my needs - if they work for me as they have for some others.
I'll let y'all know what I think when I've got them on the bike.