Glad the Vigi has gone up to 2.5. I liked it at 2.3 but it must have killer grip now.
I’m curious whether you’ve tried the stack of tyres trick, AJ? It’s never failed me. When seating, pop the wheel on a stack of 3-4 29er tyres laid flat and push down on the middle of the wheel (axle/rotor). This folds the sidewalls up slightly, closing all the air escapes simultaneously. Might save you a trip to the gas station.
It’s much easier with 2 people but you can push down with your foot and pump with some goofy posturing.
Really enjoy these considered and common-sense reviews/articles, Andrew. I've got Saint M820s front and rear on my trail bike (my LBS gave me a killer deal so I went for them). They're great when I get in over my head, but the massive power and on off feel can be a bit much on the trail. Honestly I'll probably just leave them and keep riding, but an XT caliper up the back is a solution I hadn't considered.