I recently had a flat while trail riding and noticed that my rim strip was a little beat up. I don't know if that was the cause of the flat, as rim strips help protect the tube from abrasions caused by rubbing on the backside of the spokes, but I didn't want to take any chances with my new tube so I decided to replace the rim strip. This rim strip is a quality piece and the price can't be beat. It's cheap insurance for your next ride and could save you from getting stuck miles from civilization with a flat.
I ordered this for my front tire for a road trip later this spring. I am in Wichita KS and there is a foot of snow on the ground right now. It may be a little bit before I get these put on the bike. But Dennis Kirk's shipping and service is excellent in my opinion. Still rated the tires at 5. Will revise if it gets any different.