ill have the front grip to prevent washing out (my biggest fear)
XT I'm interested in your comment about front end grip.
From the first ride on my Wee I never had any confidence in the front end, always felt like it would wash out ,
I decided I needed to fix the feeling in the front end before I covered up the problem with better tyres.
I started with a fork oil change, this helped but it did not fix it.
Next was a fork brace, this helped but it did not fix it.
Then I dropped the front end 10mm, I liked it but it did not fix it.
I added some pre-load to the rear shock, by this stage I was getting very close.
I then went with 39psi in the front tyre, this was the last piece of the puzzle, the bike now for me feels great in all conditions.
So what I'm saying maybe you should try to build some feeling into your front end and getting it working the best it can before you put your future in the hands of a tyre change.