I was pretty skeptical about Gazelles for a long time. I ended up trying a pair on my mb5 and I love them for commuting tires! They handle fine, they're great in the rain and I can run over anything! Great for getting to and from work/school on time. Great for wednesday night rides when you wanna blast. Would I push them? Meh, probably not, but whatevs. As for longevity, I've had mine since February - and after daily riding they still look new. I also lock up my back wheel and skiiid all the time just for the lulz.
I had those Hutch gp1's on my fast Pinto, they rock so hard for carving corners and are sticky as fuck! BUT they suuuuck in the rain. Get them moist and my 2.75 in the back gets all squirrely. Crossing the Hawthorne when the steel deck is wet is a like a 30 second near-death experience.