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BodegaBay
05-15-2006, 05:05 PM
Love this overgrip but it looks like Prince is phazing it out due to the lack of colors ("you can have any color you like as long as it's black.")

Has anyone PERSONALLY tried any other overgrips that is SIMILAR to DuraTred? While I understand the tred can't be used w/any other mfg., how about something that has similar tack, thickness, and durability? I never liked soft cushioned, fuzzy, dry types of overgrips and the DuraTred was the best I've ever found for my hands...

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/OGTR.JPG

Midlife crisis
05-16-2006, 01:54 PM
Love this overgrip but it looks like Prince is phazing it out due to the lack of colors ("you can have any color you like as long as it's black.")

Has anyone PERSONALLY tried any other overgrips that is SIMILAR to DuraTred? While I understand the tred can't be used w/any other mfg., how about something that has similar tack, thickness, and durability? I never liked soft cushioned, fuzzy, dry types of overgrips and the DuraTred was the best I've ever found for my hands...

They're phasing it out? Oh NO!!! I'd better stock up. I bought a dozen the last time and I'm probably down to about half that now.

I have tried a number of them and can't find anything I like better. The only thing that was close was a grip that came OEM on my kid's Head TiS5. It has the same thickness and stiffness, with maybe just a touch less tack and no treads. It did seem to work just as well but my hands are probably just average sweaty.

chrisplchs
05-16-2006, 02:50 PM
I think Babolat makes one called the stripy or stirpy or something of that nature. If feels similar, although a little tackier

BodegaBay
05-19-2006, 10:26 AM
They're phasing it out? Oh NO!!! I'd better stock up. I bought a dozen the last time and I'm probably down to about half that now...I have tried a number of them and can't find anything I like better.

Me either! This is what I get for re-entering the sport after a five year abscence! I did order some Wilson X-Tra Tack and Pro Overgrips with my Six-One from TW. Just wrapped using the Pro Overgrip. Ehhh, it's dry and stretchable but nothing to write home about. While's dry now, I can already feel that it'll get slick and lose it's grip ability real quick.
http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/PROGC-WH.JPG
That's what I loved about DuraTred -- it stayed sticky/tacky for weeks on and never got slick. I haven't tried the Wilson X-Tra Tack yet; will report back.

I believe they are indeed phasing this product out since Prince doesn't even list it on their website. I've scoured all the e-tailers/retailers and can't seem to find a store that offers colors left, other than Vader black. If you find a place that has colors left, would you mind e-mailing me at bodegabay@yahoo.com? I'd greatly appreciate it.




I think Babolat makes one called the stripy or stirpy or something of that nature. If feels similar, although a little tackier.

This stuff?

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/BSTRIPY-BL.JPG


Similar but tackier than DuraTred eh? If tackiness is the same as stickiness then that sounds promisng. Too bad it only comes in black and dark blue. Thanks for the tip, I'll try them out next time if I can find any DuraTred color stashes left.

Midlife crisis
05-19-2006, 12:40 PM
'Twas not me with the tip about the Bab grip, but I'm lucky in that black Duratred is what I use. I'm ready to buy a few year's supply just in case nothing else comes out that I like.

Come to think of it, I don't go through these grips as fast as I used to. I'd only a get a few weeks out of them because I'd wear a spot down with my thumb so that it was unusable, but that doesn't seem to happen as much any more. I wonder what's changed?

BodegaBay
05-19-2006, 01:14 PM
MC: I corrected my posts to refer to Chris for the Babolat. Thnx for the heads up. Well, I just removed the Wilson Pro Overgrip because I simply knew it wouldn't hold up; it also had a very slight soft fuzz feel and was too dry and thin for me. Off it went and now I just wrapped the Wilson X-Tra Tack. Niiicce. Off the bat, it has the stickiness/tackiness and thickness (I hate ultra thin overgrips) very close to Prince DuraTred. It's a smooth finish though so I'll see how it holds up.

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/WXTT-RD.JPG

Midlife crisis
05-19-2006, 01:47 PM
BodegaBay, I just realized you're talking about the OVERgrip and not the REPLACEMENT grip, which is what I use. Do you know if they're also discontinuing the replacement grip?

BodegaBay
05-19-2006, 02:13 PM
The replacement grip under DuraTred name is not on Prince website (http://www.princetennis.com/product/product_gallery.asp?categoryid=247) so I gotta believe it's being phased out as well. I think the DuraTred name has been around for almost 10yrs...

Midlife crisis
05-19-2006, 02:26 PM
The replacement grip under DuraTred name is not on Prince website (http://www.princetennis.com/product/product_gallery.asp?categoryid=247) so I gotta believe it's being phased out as well. I think the DuraTred name has been around for almost 10yrs...

Wahhhhhh!!!:cry:

dewey2110
05-19-2006, 04:09 PM
The Wilson Xtra tack is way worse than the Wilson pro...it will be slippery and look like some kind of plastic after few uses. Big thing is: It will give you blisters.