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Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Jay Burns (---)
Date: January 14, 2020 05:22AM

About to consider cork or Winn grips for uplocking VSS spinning reel seat build. But i am concerned with the durability of using the Fuji Winn Grips. I know cork will stand the test of time but how about Winn? Have a rod with Tour Star grips that are falling apart after three years and a few winns showing age. Not sure its worth it in the long term.

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: January 14, 2020 10:02AM

I would go with the cork. The Winn grips do wear away after a couple of years, durability is just not there.
Norm

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (---.mobile.att.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 11:33AM

Jay,

If you are going to fish this rod heavily you will most likely begin to see wear after about two seasons of use. I have a couple out with tournament guys who had significant wear after a single season of use. They brought them back back and I replaced with cork for one user and the other chose carbon.

Tom

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Jay Burns (---)
Date: January 14, 2020 11:39AM

Yeah luckily my old man is pretty easy on his stuff, all the rods i made him have Winn products someplace. Mine i will stick with cork, dont need the pretty colors

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: herb canter (---.atmc.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 02:59PM

Winn Grips are not the grips to use if you expect a lifetime grip that doesn't eventually need replacement . There is nothing i have used that offers the incredible feel and stickyness of Winn Grips though , you really have to experience it to appreciate it . If you get two or three seasons out of them i would be thrilled since you can buy a 44" overwrap for $10.00 to replace an entire grip on an average length rod . I purchase the 96" overwrap that will do close to two surf rod handles and that costs around $20.00.

If you desire to have the most sticky feeling handle ever Winn Gripps is what you want, nothing compares , but there's always a compromise and long term durability is that compromise . As thin as the overwraps are there is still more cushioning when compared to top grade cork or a handle made of carbon so sensitivity is also a trade off but it's not a large one .

If using Winn Grip overwraps DO NOT use anything underneath especially cork tape, that will really kill sensitivity , when i have used Winn Grips i always apply it directly to the blank.

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 03:06PM

Don't forget about EVA. It holds up much better than the Winn material. I prefer cork if given a choice but I have EVA grips that are at least 20 years old and decent condition.

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: herb canter (---.atmc.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 03:24PM

Winn Grips are mostly EVA just much much thinner with the overwraps . I hate EVA foam grips UNLESS they're on offshore rods . Much much too thick .

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 04:47PM

if you like EVA you will love flocked EVA..i can,t think of anything more durable and still looks good after many years of use..

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 06:23PM

herb canter Wrote:
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> Winn Grips are mostly EVA just much much thinner
> with the overwraps . I hate EVA foam grips UNLESS
> they're on offshore rods . Much much too thick .


Winn Grips have a skin that will begin to flake and peel. I have only used it on a few rods because of that. Regular EVA can be shaped to whatever thickness you desire, but like I said "I prefer cork".

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: January 14, 2020 09:18PM

I love cork. lol

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Re: Winn Grip Durability
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: January 15, 2020 04:28PM

i love cork grips too but do not love the cost of cork..now when i want to make a cork grip, i don,t use costly rings but simply coat a core of urethane with granulated cork and sand it to fineness and grip texture i like at a cost that is way more sensable..no pits or glue lines and excellent durability..but i have to say it,s hard to beat a good flocked grip on urethane or eva..

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