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TOPIC: Do you use paddle grip

Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32626

We're developing an innovative paddle grip for SUP surf and racing. Most people on SUP don't use, not because the don't need it, because there's nothing good enough in the market.

After several months testing, and developing we're very close to it, and will have the definitive prototypes in a month or so.

Anyone want to test it for kayaks?. Do you use paddle grip for kayaking?

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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32627

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Having good grip on your paddle can save a lot of energy. I always use tennis overgrip tape on both SUP and kayak paddle shafts. I use some carpet tape underneath to make sure the overgrip tape stays in place.

I've also tried Tegs micro-grip, which feels good when dry, but once wet, it's very slippery again.

The relatively new Sugru material is nice as well, but also not optimal once wet, and it's not easy to apply in a very thin layer.

Overgrip still wins hands down for me.
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32632

I find that unless the finish is high gloss, there is no need to grip. When I do need, electrical insulation tape works very well - and is cheap.

Adding thicker grips increases the diameter and tires the forearms out quicker. This is why that tape it so good, it's super thin ;)
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32635

I use surf wax if i feel the need to improve grip, usually only if i am going to paddle something hard. also surf wax seems to keep my hands warmer. surf wax and pogies last winter we were out in -10C and surf wax with pogies kept my hands realy warm.
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32636

Dr. Zog's Sex Wax does the trick!
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32638

What we want is to allow you to get rid of the wax: it's dirty.

And obviously we want to improve the tennis grip.

And we're in the right track. The functionality is perfect. We're improving the durability and working on the looking.

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Thanks again
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32639

I tried wax for about a year. Grips well but when you do 20 to 30km in a day it eats the skin away, not ideal for day two of a trip :) Also, the wax messes up the interior of your car, and has a habit of getting everywhere.

Keep us updated, would be good to see what you come up with!
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32640

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Yeah, wax is dirty. I got it on my gear and also on my (sun)glasses - not nice. I use the thin type of waterproof tennis overgrip. If that stuff would be as sticky as the carpet tape I use to apply it, it would be pretty close to perfect.

Looking forward to your solution.
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32663

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Just a quick photo from my Sugru trial.

sugru.com/

It's pretty good as an indicator, but it doesn't really provide much grip at all, so I went back to think tennis overgrip tape.
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 5 months ago #32667

Sugru seems like a way of making a power bar type grip similar to what lendal have but I wouldn't expect it to give much actual grip on the shaft. Wax is the only realistic option just now just get a van then there is no need to worry about getting it on the car upholstery. :D
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 3 months ago #32743

I'd love to try whatever you come up with for whitewater paddling. So far, nothing I've tried comes close to the rubber grips on my H2O paddle.

I was hoping Sugru would work, so I'm sorry to hear it's slippery when wet.
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 3 months ago #32787

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Hi All

I sell alot of these from NRS

www.rapidkayaks.co.uk/nrs-paddle-grip-tape-i531.html

Best regards
Jon

www.rapidkayaks.co.uk
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Re: Do you use paddle grip 3 years 2 months ago #32797

Well, after months of testing, we're ready to start our PRE-SERIES production.

Hope you like it: www.railsaverpro.com/2012/11/new-paddle-grip-early-units/

It works great, looks great, and weighs ... well, the same as your soul: 21 grams
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