Disappointed that this group test came out just after I spent weeks agonising over this subject, but glad I didn't wait because it didn't really come up with the winner.
Surely what everyone wants is a light-weight, fast-rolling but grippy, hard-wearing, tubeless-ready, reasonably-priced, readily-available, not too skinny, easy to fit tyre for their 29er? Why wasn't that the objective of the test? If you've bought a 29er, you're probably not looking for a downhill weight tyre, or a semi-slick hybrid tyre.
The Racing Ralph should have been just the ticket, but in normal 'woodland' use it tears like a tissue and leaves holes too big for Stan's to seal. Surprised that didn't come up in extensive testing.
Not included in the test was the Specialized S-Works 2bliss Captain or Ground Control that I am trying out at the moment. They fitted easily and sealed straight away. They have only had half a dozen rides so far, with no problems in the wet, etc., but by that time I had had three unsealable punctures in the Schwalbes on exactly the same terrain. My only criticism so far is that the Captain only measured 1.8 when it was inflated, and consequently got put on the back instead of the front, but that hasn't caused a problem (plus I thought I couldn't really send it back once it was filled it with sealant).
Can't understand why such good all-rounders weren't included in the test when such obscure and big heavy old monsters were.