Well, we agree to disagree, I respect all riders opinions. Except when a rider blames a fast hardpack trail crash on his Maxxis IT front tire..... front end washouts negotiating extremly slippery technical terrains are going to happen reguardless of what front tire is chosen. You cant expect an intermediate terrain tire to stick on slippery mud or wet rocks. Your buddy should have know this when tearing down a hard and wet trail. I have crashed many times with Maxxis IT's and every time it was my fault NOT the tire.
I'm not trying to ruffle your feathers here because it almost sounds like you have stock in Maxxis or something but I'm giving you 2 more riders opinions on the IT tires. The trail in question is a perimeter trail at our local riding area that we have ridden, trained, and raced on a million times over the past 20 years in every condition. This day was a dry and dusty one and the injured rider put 90% of the blame on the tires and like myself have chosen not use them anymore because in OUR OPINION these tires give poor traction period. I personally felt that these tires limited my ability to go fast on trails that I'm very familiar with do to poor traction and the sensation of the bike washing out because of it. I do not get the sensation of washout with many other tires including the Maxxis SI tires. This is just my opinion, don't be so sensitive about.