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Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Steven Corvin (---)
Date: January 26, 2020 08:17PM

Since we had the input on Winn Grip durability a few weeks ago, what is everyone's opinion on carbon fiber grips holding up under heavy use.

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (---.mobile.att.net)
Date: January 26, 2020 08:41PM

There are no issues with wear! My builds are all bass and inshore so I cannot attest to heavy saltwater use. It is the only thing I will build with. In speaking with the individual who developed them wear has not been an issue!

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: January 26, 2020 09:02PM

Over a decade on mine, no issues, work great in rod holders for salmon, steelhead, walleye, etc.

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2020 09:24PM

As one of the co-originators of the foam-core carbon-fiber skinned grips, I can tell you that they are as durable or more so than other grip types. Easily.

Keep in mind that they can be refinished if need be.

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: January 27, 2020 06:36PM

They are bullet proof!
Norm

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: January 27, 2020 06:41PM

it appears that once you cover these foam cores with epoxy it doesn,t matter what you use either carbon sleeves or flock or granulated cork they are very, very durable.

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Jay Burns (---)
Date: January 28, 2020 04:46PM

Hows the durability if they are not coated?

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: January 28, 2020 07:51PM

You can't crush or bend them by hand (6lb and up) but you can dent and chip them in rough use. They really need to be topcoated, sleeved, etc., with something.

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Re: Carbon Fiber Durability
Posted by: Steve Gardner (---.nc.res.rr.com)
Date: January 31, 2020 07:50AM

Been using carbon fiber since the 1970's
First the pre-made tubes from Lew's and a few others. Then after Tom/Andy introduced them, been using both home made and pre-made.
In 40 some years, have NEVER seen one fail

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