GET A GRIP: A GUIDE TO DIFFERENT ROD GRIP MATERIALS
A rod handle is perhaps one of the most customisable parts of a fishing rod. You can choose from a diverse list of different rod grip materials and styles for making a rod handle. Aside from that, you can pick the size, weight and features that will work for you best.
If you’re eyeing to get a fishing rod and are particular about rod grip, here’s an easy guide to different rod grip materials.
Popular among freshwater and inshore anglers, cork rings dress your rod handles in style. They can be sanded and shaped to give you a customised grip. Although they add a little weight to your rod, they’re easy to work with and are less slippery when wet as well as the fact that they won’t compress easily under heavy load.
Comparing cork handles to foam, cork handles are lighter. Another good quality of cork handles is how they maintain residual heat, which means they’re warmer to the touch on cold days. Moreover, cork handles transmit vibrations better and are three times more sensitive than foam handles.
However, cork handles also have downsides. Cork handles compared with others can crack easily. They’re also less durable and are more expensive. Style comes with a price, after all.
If you’re not on board with getting a cork handle but want to have the cork feel, get yourself a cork tape. It’s inexpensive and very easy to apply. Cork tape is very comfortable and easy on the grip, even when wet.
On the downside, a cork tape isn’t as durable as other different rod grip materials and needs to be replaced after a while. However, if you’re into decorative wraps, cork tape will work for you.
Shrink wraps are easier to install, which is an advantage over cork tapes or other grip materials. This kind of grip material is durability and style rolled into one. Choose from an array of colours; you can even match it with the thread colour of your rod.
Shrink wraps are also a great temporary fix — you can use them to cover worn-out EVA or cork grips. Aside from that, enjoy the comfortable feel, non-slip and waterproof features and insulation of a shrink wrap.
Comfortable and lightweight foam grips are a good pick among different rod grip materials for foregrips. Aside from being comfortable, many anglers prefer foam grips because they’re durable, cheaper, and easy to clean and maintain. Foam grips can also be shaped with sandpaper to create a custom fit.
One downside, though, is that foam grips have a little stretch. This means you need to check carefully the inner diameter of the foam and the rod blank’s diameter before you install the EVA foam.
Cord grips may be difficult to create and add more weight, but they’re the best material for slimy hands. They’re one of the very durable choices among the different rod grip materials and are less expensive.
Choosing a rod grip material a personal issue. Match the material to your preferences and fishing style and make sure it will work best for you. After all, the rod is what links you to your fish.
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