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Hypalon or EVA???
Posted by: Bill Baburchak (---.stny.rr.com)
Date: July 12, 2003 11:35AM

I'm building my first spinning rod and I'm considering using something other than cork for the handle. What's the difference (if any) between Hypalon and EVA? What are the characteristics of each? Is there an advantage to one over the other? I can use any information you can give me.


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Re: Hypalon or EVA???
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (---.30.205.8.Dial1.Atlanta1.Level3.net)
Date: July 12, 2003 11:52AM

See the rod building glossary (the far right button above) on this site for a run down of both types. I think it will answer most of your questions on these materials.


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Re: Hypalon or EVA???
Posted by: Lou Reyna (---.hr.hr.cox.net)
Date: July 13, 2003 01:33PM

Compared to EVA and cork hypalon is quite heavy.

EVA is usually easily identified by doing a fingernail test. Push your nail into the grip and release. Hypalon will depress and pop right back out when released. Eva will depress and will tend to maintain the indentation for some time.

Pros and cons:

Hypalon, very durable material, heavy. Harder to shape than EVA due to its rubberlike consistenancy. Great on trolling rods, standup rods, etc. Best used on rods that you do not have to hold all day.

EVA - Lightweight, easily shaped. Best used on rods where light weight is important. EVA tends to "dent" easily, ie. if a pressure is placed on the grip to depress the surface of the grip it will tend to want to maintain the shape of the indentation for some time, and will also chip or rip much easily that hypalon. Still, it is the best choice for light weight rods. I like to use the eva corkalon material, cut into rings, then reglued together - gives the grip a more lifelike cork appearance.


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