This tire does exactly what it claims. After using it both for loaded bikepacking adventures on gravel fire roads and on single-track with a hearty mix of loose over hard terrain, I'll stand by the Sparwood. It seems to be a perfect blend between really aggressive gravel tire, predictable mtn. bike tire, and even a decent pavement roller. Where it really shines is under a loaded bike on downhill loose fire roads. It never waivers and the rounded provide doesn't leave any unknowns as to what it will do when put on edge, it's just SOLID. Highly recommended for bikepacking pursuits on rigid rigs.
I've been running the Sparwood for about 6,000 miles over the last few years. It is the #1 tire I have run on my Fargo, but I've ridden most of Teravail's offerings on that bike from Rampart, to Honcho, to Coronado. The Sparwood is my favorite all-rounder as it can handle nearly everything and has minimal rolling resistance, and a long tread life. I've only had one puncture that didn't seal up over this 6,000 miles and it was jagged glass that cut a large slice into the tread. No tire would have survived.
These are the 'do everything' tire you've been looking for on your adventure bike. Get them with no regrets!
I have Terevail Sparwoods on three drop bar bikes, a Salsa Fargo, a Salsa Cutthroat and a Custom Waltworks gravel/dropbar mountain bike and wouldn't trade them for anything. Rolls so well on gravel and compacted dirt and will also give you the grip needed when things get a little soft and gooey. The guys at Tervail have done a super job of design and manufacturing. Not once have I installed a Sparwood that has a wiggle in it and as far as installation is concerned, these tires seat to the rim wonderfully. I am a loyal consumer of this product.