On my big bike I am running the Minion DHF/DHR 2-ply 3C. I did run a DHF on the back and did find it was better for rolling, but didn't offer as much grip as the DHR.
On my trail bike, I did run the DHF EXO 2.5 for a short while but they were the 60d not the 3C, for me they felt a little sketchy on anything slick. I would think the 3c version provides better capabilities in the wet.
From there I have been running a number Schwalbe tires for a little over a year. I get a bit of a deal on them so it eases the pain on the price front. Right now I have two wheel sets going that are close but offer some pros [HTML_REMOVED] cons. All tires are the foldable bead, 1.5 ply Snakeskin version.
Set1 - Front Muddy Mary 2.4 Vertstar / Rear Hans Dampf 2.35 Trailstar
Set2 - Front Hans Dampf 2.35 Trailstar / Rear Nobby Nic 2.4 Trailstar
The Muddy Mary upfront is crazy good on traction, rolls well but a little over 900g
The HD on the back is under 800g, rolls well and has great traction, climbing is super especially when the wheel is fully weighted.
The HD on the front is good, only a couple of rides so not too much time to really test it. It does seem to have a little bit of a funny spot when starting to corner, reminds me a little of the Ardent in that aspect. Never did like the Ardent as a front. The HD is far more stable and the transition is far less pronounced as compared to the Ardent.
The Nobby Nic on the back rolls better than the HD, but provides a little less grip. In terms of climbing both are excellent when the tire is weighted and just digs in, legs give out well before the tire does.
All in all I think most of the tire mftrs are pretty close in their offerings. If I wasn't getting a deal on the Schwalbes, I would likely be running a 3C EXO DHF, or perhaps the a Conti tire like the MK II, or perhaps the Specialized tires that I hear lots of favourable comments about.