Touring Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Voyager Hyper

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  • Vittoria Voyager Hyper
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is best)
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Vittoria Voyager Hyper road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Voyager Hyper is Vittoria's lightest and fastest touring bike tire. Vittoria specifies the Voyager Hyper as an ultra-light touring bike tire that inherits most of the technology that's also used on their fastest road bike tires. With a specified weight of just 395 grams for the 37-622 version, this is indeed one of the lightest touring bike tires on the market. The 37-622 version is used for this test, 32-622 and 40-622 sizes are available as well.

Although the Voyager Hyper is very similar to a big road bike tire, it does come with a layer of "Speed Shielding" puncture resistance material. The extra layer of puncture resistance material prevents punctures while still providing a low rolling resistance and weight. Furthermore, the Voyager Hyper has a 120 TPI nylon casing, Kevlar 3D compound, and an almost slick tread design that gives it a fast look.

After testing the Vittoria Randonneur (read review) some time ago, I'm looking forward to testing another Vittoria touring bike tire to see if Vittoria can challenge Schwalbe for the lowest rolling resistance touring bike tire. The Voyager Hyper seems very similar to the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme (read review) that I've tested recently as well, the Supreme will be the main tire to compare this tire with for now.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Specs
Brand Vittoria
Model Voyager Hyper
Year 2016
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 111.3VH.20.37.111BX
TPI 120
Compound Aramid 3D
Bead Folding
ETRTO 37-622
Size Inch 28"
Width mm 37.00
Specified Weight 395 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 90
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 40-622 (28x1.50)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)

Vittoria Voyager Hyper Test Results

Vittoria Voyager Hyper Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 395 grams
Measured Weight 415 grams
Measured Width 37 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 35 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 0.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 3.3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Although the specified weight of the 37-622 Voyager Hyper is 395 grams, my sample of the Voyager Hyper comes in at 415 grams. The measured width on a 17C rim, at an air pressure of 60 psi is 37 mm. 37 mm is nice for a 37-622 rated tire and a bit bigger than the Schwalbe Marathons of the same size. The measured height is 35 mm, which is good as well.

As expected from a tire with an almost slick tread design, tread depth of the main grooves is low at just 0.8 mm deep. What's more interesting with (almost) slick tires is the Total Tire Thickness Tread measurement which tells us how much rubber is on the tire. With a thickness of 3.3 mm at the center of the tread, thickness is comparable to fast road bike tires but much less than most other touring bike tires. The Schwalbe Marathon Supreme has a thickness of 5 mm which means it has almost twice as much rubber to wear down.

The total thickness of the sidewalls is 0.8 mm, which is reasonable for such a light tire. 0.8 mm is slightly more than the Marathon Supreme which came in at 0.7 mm.

Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
15.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00465
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
17.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00531
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

In the rolling resistance test, the Voyager Hyper performs very, very strong for a touring bike tire. It outperforms the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme by close to 10% at the higher end of the air pressure range. At the lower end of the air pressure range, the advantage of the Voyager Hyper grows to close to 15%.

When we compare the Voyager Hyper to fast road bike tires, rolling resistance is almost just as low. Although rolling resistance is slightly lower than the top performing all-round tires like the Continental GP4000S II (read review) or Vittoria Open Corsa (read review) , it does come very close to tires like the Vittoria Rubino Pro (read review), Michelin Pro 4 Service Course (read review), or Continental Grand Prix (read review) . It's obvious you don't need fragile and light tires to have a low rolling resistance.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Vittoria Voyager Hyper Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 60 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 12 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Tread Total Tire Thickness 3.3 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

In the raw puncture resistance tread test, the Voyager Hyper scores 12 points. 12 points is a bit less than the Marathon Supreme which scored 15 points. In the sidewall test, it does outperform the Supreme by 2 points (4 Vs 6). When compared to fast road bike tires, performance is decent as most other all-round tires in the road bike class score close to 12 points in the tread test as well.

Because the Voyager Hyper has a very low total tire thickness at the center of the tire, Puncture Factor is very low. With a Puncture Factor Tread score of just 40 points, it sits at the bottom of the touring bike category. The Marathon Supreme scores 75 points in this test which is almost twice as much. With a score of 5 points, the Voyager Hyper does outperform the Supreme (3 points) in the Puncture Factor Sidewall calculation.

Static Grip Test Results

NOTE: Grip test data is only available on tires tested after November 2018. You can find more information about our grip test here: Introducing Grip Testing

Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average No Data
Wet Grip Center No Data
Wet Grip Edge No Data
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100
Tour/E-Bike grip test rim width = 23.0 mm


  • Vittoria Voyager Hyper
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The Vittoria Voyager Hyper is pretty much a big road bike tire disguised as a touring bike tire. Rolling resistance at an air pressure of 90 psi is comparable to all-round road bike tires pumped up to 120 psi. When compared to other touring bike tires, the low rolling resistance does come at the cost of a low total tire thickness (less rubber to wear down) and low puncture resistance.

I rate the Voyager Hyper 5/5 because it sits at the top of the touring bike category for now and rolling resistance is still the most important factor here. I must add that the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme (read review) is probably the better all-round tire when you look at the big picture and consider other things like the amount of rubber to wear down and puncture resistance. If you want the absolute lowest rolling resistance, the Voyager Hyper is the tire to get.

RATING: 5.0 / 5
Highly Recommended