Dark's Overgrip Review

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  1. darklore009

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    I decided to go on a journey to test some of the overgrips that tried over the past and some new ones. I'll be posting reviews of all the overgrips that i used. i mostly used the Wilson pro overgrip. looking forward of posting reviews of the overgrips i have tried so far and into the future.
    How i wrap my overgrips: i use a flare style wrap, similiar to a gasquet style. I wrap around the butt cap to make it flared, since i hold it around that area. then make the ovelaps really thin, close to a flat wrap.
    Racket info:
    Wilson ProStaff 90 2012 and 2013 version, Wilson BLX Six.One Tour, Wilson K Factor Six.One Tour (K90), Wilson ProStaff 90 (2014)
    Replacement: Leather grip
    Grip Size: L3 or 4 3/8
    Default Overgrip Grip: Gamma Supreme
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    *Changelist*
    5/21/2014: Rearrange grips to their perspective categories, Changed to old way of reviewing overgrips. (Non-TW version of reviewing grips) starting Wilson Advantage
     
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    Solinco Wonder Grip

    I have heard these grips while i was @ high school. formally, most people used yonex, then people start switiching to solinco. so, i decided to give it a shot and try it myself.

    Installing: These grips have plastic wraps that protect the tackiness of the grip. pretty easy to peel out. the sticker is behind the overgrip that has the plastic wrap.the adhesive is good and enough to stay on the leather part of the grip for a while i'm wraping it. Stretching the grip is moderate, not too flex, not too stiff. pretty easy to do. the finishing tape does pose a problem. the tape tends to come off and the logo peels off.

    Feel: these grips are pretty tacky. one touch and your hands are sticking to the grip. they're pretty soft. i do flare my grip, so this grips makes my butt cap feel like i'm squeezing a pillow. these are slighty thicker than my pro overgrip, but not too thick that it loses the feel.

    Duration: after taking out to the courts, notice immediate comfort. i feel totally confidence and feel like i have totally control of my racket. after 6 hours later, i start to notice grey spots around where my my hand holds it @. also, the tape is peeling off to the point that the first layer of tape is completely off. then, the first layer of the grip begins to peel off and expose the second layer. after the 12th hour, the grip was mostly black and most of the first layer is gone and lost it's tackiness. the second layer feels like a dried used towel from this point.

    Overall Thought: i can see now why people switched to this grip, well known for it's tackiness and it's price point. This grip did a pretty good job, but there was some minor flaws in some parts. Overall, this isa a good grip for it's price. $28 for 30 grips, you cant go wrong going into this one. 8/10
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  3. darklore009

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    Wilson Pro Overgrip Sensation (black)

    After wilson released this grip, i got kinda curious. Though wilson pro is already good as is, but was wondering how good this sensation verison holds up. so, i decied to buy the 3 pack one and try it myself.

    Installing: when taking out of the package, you can notice the difference in these grips compared to the original pro overgrip. the sensation feels like paper, but with a tacky side. the adhseive is good enough for me to keep it still while wrapping the grip. when trying to strecth it, it stiff. didnt want to stretch than i needed it, otherwise, i fear that i might make it too thin to the point that cuts the duration of these grips. The finishing tape did a perfect job holding the grip together. no issue with the tape slipping.

    Feel: These grips feel like the overgrip isnt there at all. i can feel the leather on my racket, but with the tackiness with these sensations. these grips are good if your looking for a overgrip that doesnt increase the size of your grip. the tackiness of these grips are decent. not like a solinco or babolat, but middle of the road.

    Duration: Sensation sligtly didnt last as long than my pro overgrip., the grip did wear out on the normal areas where i wear my grips at. then after the 4th hours, it feels completely dry. it feels like your rubbing against sand.

    Overall Thoughts: This grip did what it suppose to do, make it thinner so you can more feel compared to other rackets. but the durability of these grips isnt great. These do really fine in tournament plays and switch them out every match or looking for a thin overgrip without changing the overgrip. 7.5/10
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  4. darklore009

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    Solinco Heaven Grip

    While i was playing at high school, just notice on my my friend was using a solinco grip, i asked him what that grip was. he said this grip is similiar to the famous tourna grip. though i'm not a fan of dry overgrips, doesnt mean i cant take a shot at it.

    Installing: These grips are stiff and doesnt stretch at all. didnt bother to trying to stretch the grip. i wrap it around my racket as i normally do. the tape does have the same problem as the wonder grip, the outer coating of the tape does peel off.

    Feel: These feel like dry, rough, sandy sheets if paper. it isnt thick nor thin. i didnt like the feel of the grip, i'm favor of tacky grips. i'm not a heavy sweater on my hands, so these grips wont work in my favor.

    Duration: after i took it out in court, i just hated it so much. up to the point that i want to take it off and put something tacky into it. after i came with the idea of adding a little water to mimic the sweat that people does. after that, it begins to feel better. although it does dry pretty quick, like it should. the water did give the grip some tack, but not as much compared to the wonder grip. that grip has the most tack. these grips seem pretty good durability. didnt notice any wears yet.

    Overall Thoughts: I cant give it a score because of my personal need. but if you guys are heavy sweaters on your hands and want to try something else besides tourna grip. you should give these a try. NA/10
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  5. Rozroz

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    wow, appreciate your effort in writing all this stuff!
    many thanks! :)

    i wonder what you'll think about Suprgrap and Viper dry..
    i swear by Supergrap atm but it's 40$ a "reel", no?
    and Viper Dry gave me insecure feel overall. weird grip.
     
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  6. darklore009

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    i'll play test those grips later today Roroz. give me a week to test one then i'll post a review
     
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    Yonex Supergrap

    This grip is on par with my favorite wilson. up to the point i can switch switch the 2 easily with no break in time. one of my favorite overgrip of all time. there is a reason why yonex is one of the most popular overgrips for local commoners like us.

    Installation: this grip is pretty easy to wrap the handle. it does have a flexible side, so you stretch it to give it more feel or leave it snug to give it comfort. Some people have perference on what they do with their yonex's. For now, i stick to the snug method of this grip. the tape does a perfect job keeping the grip secured. sometimes, i sharpied the yonex logo to make it plain black tape.

    Feel: The feel has a perfect balance of tack and feel. it's very similiar to the wilson for sure. just wonder if yonex and wilson came from the same factory. how knows. just perfect for my perference.

    Duration: Yonex does a pretty job in mantaining it's tack and it's durability. its good enough that i can keep it and keep using it until it gets to the yucky brownish color. too bad white always look good on all racket handles, but its the color that tends to show all the dirt and sweat that we put into the grip. this grip last me a good 8hrs before i have to change it.

    Overall Thoughts: i have to admit it, just love this grip along with wilson. gets the job done and does everything that i expect for a overgrip. i love that yonex include mre colors to the line, however not all of the grips are the same. some might be better/worse that the other color. i choose white because it looks good in everyracket i put in. just good stuff here. 10/10

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  8. darklore009

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    Dunlop Viper Dry

    Rozroz wanted me to review this. soon, i begin to do some research about this grip before trying it out. there's mixed feelings around this grip, some people say this is the one of the driest grip that they every tried, some say the durability is medicore, some say that it's the best they ever tried. so, i hope i can settle my response into this grip.

    Apperance: When taking these grips out of the package, it has slight dimples on the grip, along with the dunlop logo and the name itself on the grip.

    Installation: this grip is one of the most stiffest grip that i ever deal with. cant stretch it a inch. these are stubborn when installing. certainlly not the easiest to install from my experience.

    Feel: the viper does have a degree of dryness to it. not like a tourna or solinco heaven grip (those were the driest ones), slightly tack to these grips.

    Duration: I was at Hawaii during that time i was playtesting these grips. one of the perfect enviroment on play testing these grips. most of the past reviews says that this grip can sustain in high humid levels and high temperatures. the first 6 hours are good. the sweat is being absorbed b the overgrip and maintaining the dryness during that installation. after the 6 hrs, my racket begins to slip out of my hands (x.x) thank god i have head protection tape on my racket so it doesnt get damaged.

    Overall Results: I would catagories them under where the tourna grip would stand at. really dry and very absorption. i had to take it off after 4 racket slips happened to me. (have a habit that i dont want to damage the paint or bumper guard). if you want an alternative to Tourna, give this a shot. 7.9/10

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  9. Rozroz

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    ^^^ Lol ;)
     
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  10. BIGJ98

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    Try volkl supergrap. It is thicker than wilson pro overgrip but it retains its tackiness for 12 hours at least and it doesn't tear over time.
     
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  11. Rozroz

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    around what i was thinking ;)
     
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  12. darklore009

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    Babolat VS Original

    The offical grip for Rafael Nadal, ya da, ya da. who cares if a pro use it. it matters about if it can live the standards to our expectations. the only reason i got this grip because i got it from a friend of mines that is sponsored by babolat a few days ago. he wanted me to write a review. so, here are my thoughts.

    Installation: this grip is pretty easy to install onto the handle. it kinda feels like a solinco wonder grip. the tape is a stretchy, so if you want to have a secure fit, you might want to stretch it slightly to ensure the grip stays in place.

    Feel: this grip feels like a replica of solinco wonder grip. it's pretty soft, but not as much tack as solinco. though it claims to be thin, but these feel larger than the other grips that i tried.

    Duration: After a few hours, these played fine. however, in the 4th hour period, this grip begin to degrade and all the outlayer peels off, exposing the absorption layer. Was dissappointed in the quality of these grips. though babolat is known for their strings, rackets, and shoes, but grips. this doesnt meet up the expectation that we know that babolat holds.

    Overall: VS original is pretty much fits like nike vapor tour situation. vapors are so good, but they're durability is terrible(not a vapor hater, i wear vapors myself and they last me for a year). this applies to these grips, feels nice for the first 4 hours, but then it's life stops from there. if i were to get these, i would use these for match/ tournaments. 6/10

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  13. darklore009

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    Wilson Pro Overgrip

    The most popular grip in the tour and recreational field. One of my favorite overgrips, along with Yonex Supergrap. I started using this grip when my local shop owner told me that Roger Federer uses these grips on his racket. I was really young and wanted to follow federer's footsteps. though we cant play like roger, but we have at least have something that he uses that all of us uses, his overgrip.

    Installation: These grips are easy to put on. these are on the moderate side on stretching them. the tape is perfect, doesnt come off after i finished the grip.

    Feel: Wilson does a good job of maintain balance between feel, comfort, and tack. what makes this even better is when you combine this with a leather grip. one of the best combinations imo.

    Duration: These last me a good 20hrs of hitting. it gets softer the longer you use them. towards the end, it begins to peel. wilson did hold up long enough that i enjoy hitting with my frame everyday. as always with white colored grips, you'll begin to see dirt marks on the overgrip where you hold the handle @. then it gets black on top also.

    Overall Results: there is a reason why many people likes using these grips. it's one heck of a overgrip. one of the best around. if your a heavy sweater, i wouldnt recommend this grip. but if your hands are light in sweat, you should give this a try. 10/10

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  14. ArliHawk

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    Wilson Pro Perforated is worth a try, too.
     
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    Wilson Pro Overgrip Perforated

    many people suggest me that the perforated version is a upgraded version of the original pro overgrip. they say that the grip dries a lot faster because of the perforation that the factory have done during production. so, i decided if these perforated version are better.

    Apperance: these are very identical to the original version of the pro, but it has holes punched into them.

    Installation: the installation process is pretty much the same as the pro overgrip one.

    Feel: i could feel the holes from the overgrip. though i'm not sure if it's the holes, this version feels a lot thinner than the pro, but not as thin as the sensation version. it feels right in the middle of the two verisons.

    Duration: one of the big stand out is the absorption.notice that the sweat dries a lot quicker than the pro. maybe the holes does it's job of letting the sweat into the leather. at the 15hr mark, it begins to shred and peel off the outer layer of the grip. though this grip didnt last as long as the original, but it did add a fast absorption as the pros

    Overall Result: it pretty much feels the same thing as the original, but has more absorption. it didnt last as long as the pro. doesnt mean it does hurt to try it out. i could use this when playing in the humid weather when my hands sweats a lot. if your a fan of wilson pro and want something to absorb fast. give this grip a try and see if it lives to your needs. 8/10

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  16. Rozroz

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    hey man, just read the Viper Dry review.
    you are right about it turning slippery.
    the supporters said you gotta towel dry this grip every other game and then it maintains it's grip for a long time.
    i happen to be one of those who don't feel secure if i have to remember drying the grip all the time. for me it turned slippery after a while even when i just put it on. i bought a "reel" so i'll keep it for the winter.

    anyway, keep on the good work. very much appreciated thread!
    thanks.
     
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    Nice thread! Hope to see more later!
     
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  18. Ramon

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    I can see why Wilson Pro and Supergrap would be preferred by a lot of people when it's cool outside or when you're playing indoors. I would even agree with that. But if you think they deal with moisture better than Viper Dry, then you live on another planet.
     
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    Tourna Tac.
     
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    planet reality? ;)
    but seriously, i had a very hard time retaining the grippness even when i toweled it all the time.. and it wasn't even full summer yet.. i really thing it will do a better service in winter. i can use Supergrap for a least 6 hours in full humid summer now.
     
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  21. darklore009

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    Gamma RZR Tac

    i received this grip from a prize that i got from a gamma facebook contest. while surfing around the threads. people say that this grip is the old version of the "famous gamma supreme". then recent verison of the gamma supreme, people say it wasnt the same. so, i might give the recent version of supreme a try later in the future. for now, i'll take a stab in this grip that i got for free.

    Installation: this grip is on the stiff side, it's not easy to stretch this grip. it feels like your putting duck tape over your replacement grip. the finishing tape doesnt pose a problem and does it's job of securing the grip in place.

    Feel: This grips doesnt as dry as a viper nor tacky as a solinco wonder grip. it's middle of the road. for the width of the grip, it also fits in the middle of between thin and thick. it feels these grip can hold up a while.

    Duration: The feel takes some break in time. then after some hours, it starts to feel better. after the 10hr mark, there isnt any peeling at all. i was shocked by this and it still feels the same when i broke it in. after the 20hr mark, i finally notice the peeling. it's very minor, i mean, really minor. you can see the 2nd white layer of the grip, but you wont even notice it. i had a black verison, so i didnt see any dirt marks.

    Overall Results: This one is one of the most durable grips that i tried. it lasted longer than any of the grips that i tried so far. it got me thinking of switching to this grip. however, the shop around my area doesnt carry this grip, so i cant make the official switch. maybe this is why the old version of supreme dominate. most of the people in TT likes this stuff. i would say this is one heck of a fine quality grip here from gamma. overall, i'm impressed. 9/10

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  22. darklore009

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    Tourna Tac

    request by beernutz. i had my eyes on these. though i'm not into super absorption grip, but Tourna made a tacky version of the famous tourna grips. so, it got my eyes open. after some days of research. the weather around my area hit around the perfect enviroment for these. nice and cool, not too dry nor not too humid. so, lets see how these grips stack up.

    Installation: taking this grip out from the plastic does have some issues. it's hard to take out the plastic from the grip itself. then the finishing tape has a problem. it's hard to take off layer that has the adhesive layer off. it did took some time to take it off. when trying to secure it, the tape sometimes comes off. this really annoys me.

    Feel: as the package says, it's tacky alright. also, these grips are kinda thick compared to the other grips i tried so far. it kinda makes the bebels more blunt rather than sharp.

    Duration: Since i got three of these, i could try some experiments. one of the grips will be played during the cool climate without the towl, the second on will be the same climate with a towel to dry it off, and the third will be in a hot weather.
    #1: these grips done pretty well under this condition. good tack and good absorption. after the 10 hour mark, it begins to peel and loses it's tack and feel. i would conclude that these arent durable in this experiment, but absorbs pretty well.
    #2: for this second grip, i played the same enviroment but using the towel to keep the grip dry. the results is consistant, but after the 10 hour mark it the durablity of this have increased. it lasted at least 2 hours before it begins to peel.
    #3: when the extreme hot weather came into california, this is the perfect timing to test out my 3rd experiment. this grip only lasted half amount of life compared to the other two experiments i did. it peels pretty quickly and the tac is gone. from this point, it feels like the original tourna for me.

    Overall Results: This grip does hold up the name of tourna grip, and adding tac for those who likes that tacky feeling. the weather does impact on how these grips will do. after the experiments i have done, it's clearly that the 2nd experiment was more successful than the others. for imo, it's a ok grip. nothing stand out for me. this grip is weather sensitive. 7.9/10
    P.S.: yes, i did use the pink version of this. it's kinda fun to see people looking at my racket and saying, "hey, nice grip you got there."

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    Installing:these grips doesnt have an adhesive on the back of these grips. thus, making it hard to grip the overgrip properly. also, when pulling it to stretching it too much. it comes off. one of the most diffcult overgrip to grip.

    Feel:feels right in the road in terms of thickness. not too thick and not too thin. i tried a couple of colors and they dont play the same way. the white one is like a wilson pro overgrip, while the grey one has more of a rubbery feeling. the black one has a plush feeling, but the tack is mininmal.

    Duration: these arent the most durable grip that i ever tried, but it met in the minimal requirement that i expect from a overgrip. this grip never slipped on me so far. the tack remained there for a certain amount of hours. towards the 4 hour mark. i see some peeling on the grip.

    Overall Results:Basically an all around grip. satifactory on all catagories that i expect from an overgrip. if you can get through the installion phase, then you should gives these a try. I would say stick to the white one, it's plays better compared to the other colors it offers. 7.5/10

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  24. darklore009

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    I used to buy these grips from my former coach during my high school years. i have forgotten what they're called because he never mention the name to me. used to buy a whole 60 boxes from him. now, i decided to give these a go. i dont know why i used them, but i'm about to find out.

    Installtion: These grips are easy to install. it includes an adhesive to stick onto the grip and wrapping is also easy too. in terms of the amount of stretch, it's moderate. the tape does a nice job of finishing the grip job.

    Feel: these feel almost the same thing as solinco wonder grip, but not as tacky. still feel nice to handle it around. has that pillow feel, but not too much that it blunts the grip.

    Duration: These grips feels great right off the package. the tack gave me that confidence to play my best game during the matches abd rallies. for some reason, these suprassed the durability of the wonder grip. doesnt even peel off easily. the tack remained in tack. at the 14th hour, it just started to peel. overall, i'm in impressed.

    Overall Results: Wow, just wow. i dont know how did i switch from this grip. it surpassed everything in my expectations. maybe i'll buy another bulk sooner or later after i finish up this review. i strongly recommend a try on this grips. maybe i might switch to it and keep it along side with my reels of yonex and wilson pro. (these grips doesnt comes in reels, it comes 60 single grips with finishing tape around it.) 9/10

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  25. darklore009

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    Volkl Super Grip II

    Heard some threads talking about this grip. they say it's on par with the other popular overgrips.so, i decided to give these a try.

    Installation: not the easilist to install, but at least i get the grip on ease. grip tape does well in securing the grip.

    Feel: These grips goes towards the dryer side. though there is some tack to the grip, but it's not like a yonex or wilson. also, these are on the thicker side, it actually increased my grip by 1/4".

    Duration: Been playing with this overgrip and it played ok. the only standout that i see was the absorption. since it's was dry and thick. this will do good for those hard sweaters out there. however, this stuff got a lot dirter faster compared to the overgrips.

    Overall Results: These grips land on my ok list. this grip doesnt suit my prefernce, but it would appeal to those who wants their grip to be bigger or those who sweats a lot. 7.1/10

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    I thought the Marka grip was pretty close to Super Grap. The only thing that annoyed me about it was that each set seemed too short. They are a good deal for the price though.
     
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  27. darklore009

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    there's another grip that genesis offers. i was going to order that on and see how they do.
     
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  28. Rozroz

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    thanks again for your efforts!
    so i see the Yonex still holds up at the top with wilson :D
    lucky i still have a reel to go through the rest of summer.
    in winter i'll finish my Viper Dry which is also thicker so probably will feel better in the cold.

    until now i don't think there is a cheaper and still as good as Yonex option for me (for summer anyway).
     
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  29. darklore009

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    after trying out their murka overgrip, i wanted to try their other overgrip. i just been told that one of their grips plays excatly like super grap. so, i'll just have to try this out for myself.

    Installtion: These grips feel very similar to the yonex one. it has the same properties that the yonex has. good flexiblity and the tape does a decent job securing the grip.

    Feel: This grip has a perfect balance between tac and dryness. i took a side by side comparison between my yonex and it feels like a clone of it.

    Duration: I played with it between the yonex, wilson, and the genesis all together. zero break-period. all of them plays the same way. durablility results the same way. same number of hours when each overgrip begins to peel. though the dirt did showed up sooner than the other grips.

    Overall Results: After play testing this grip, this grip landed the top between the wilson and yonex. I can't pick a solid winner between the 3 of them. but, doesnt mean i have to choose one to play. buying a 50 pk overgrip, you can go wrong with the price. for those yonex or wilson lovers out there. give this a try. 10/10

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  30. Rozroz

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    good find with the Supra!
    but for me ordering it will turn out probably pricier than Yonex because of the packing (i live in Israel).
     
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  31. darklore009

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    i'm open for any sugguestions that you want me to try any overgrips, and i'll post a review after a week playtest.
     
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  32. spinovic

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    I have a couple from Tecnifibre.

    Pro Player
    Pro Contact

    I'd be curious to see what you think of those.

    Also, HEAD Prestige Pro overgrips.

    Nice job with the thread, BTW. I'm always interested in different overgrips.
     
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  33. darklore009

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    Installation:pretty easy to install the grip. This grip is moderate in tersm of stretching. installting it was a breeze.(+)

    Feel: decent tack to it. not as tacky as a solinco wonder grip but not as dry as a viper dry over grip. it's thin enough that it doesnt ruin the bebels on the handle. (+)

    Duration: The prestiege pro has no break in period when i first used it on court. feels nice out of the package gave me confidence to play my best game. then, it's life has been cut short. although i'm not a heavy sweater on hands, this grip couldnt absorn the sweat. it begins to peels off. after a certain amount of hours, the area that i grip the handle is all peeled off. (-)

    Overall Result: This grip is pretty nice at the start, but the durability is medicore. it almost feels like the babolat vs original grips. i wont recommend this grip unless you dont mind changing it often. otherwise, this grip isnt for me. 5/10

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  34. darklore009

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    Head Xtreme Soft Overgrips

    *note* i'm going to use the TW format of review starting now. this way, it should give you ideas on how the overgrip plays, compared to my previous posts.

    while i was shopping for overgrips to try out for head prestige pro, an idea came in mind that i should also get one more head overgrip. there was a choice between the two grips. either pro grip or xtreme soft. i asked the shop owner and told me that the xtreme soft is better than the pro grip. so, i purchased it and excited to try this out, after the prestige pro is a dissappointment for me.

    Was the grip easy to apply:this grip is easy to apply, adhesive works fine so it can be secured on the handle. the finishing tape does it's job of finishing off the grip job. (+)
    Was it sized appropriately: the length of the overgrip is ok. though it was barely enough to reach to the top. (my overgrip structure does take some certain amount of overgrips before ascending towards the handle). if you grip it as normal, this isnt an issue. (+)
    Level of tackiness:Moderate. it's not close to a yonex or wilson pro. more comparable to a gamma rzr tac.
    Longevity of Tackiness: this grip depends on the weather. i played it during the cold night and it played perfectly. it maintains it's life through out the playtest in the cool weather in the night. In the more humid and hotter weathers. this grip didnt play as well. it loses it's tack after 2~3 hours of hitting in the hot CA weather in the afternoons. Night(+),Day (-)
    Level of sweat absorption: Not the most absorbent grip that i tried. the racket has almosted slipped out of my hand a couple of times. (-)
    Would you consider using this overgrip? Nope, the grip gives me a scare that i might throw my racket by accident because low level of sweat absorption. (-)
    List any additional thoughts on the overall performance this grip was a lot better than the prestige pro. the durability of these last longer and didnt experience any premature peeling than the prestige pro. if you living in a cooler weather, this grip would be worth a shot. 7.2/10

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  35. darklore009

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    Was the grip easy to apply: its easy to apply on, just my handles slipped a few times cuz of the waxy surface the grip contains. finishing tape does a perfect job.(+)
    Was it sized appropriately: pretty decent in length. didnt have trouble of reaching the rest of the overgrip on the top when i flared my butt.(+)
    Level of tackiness : suprisingly, it has tons of tack to it. so tacky that my hand sticks to grip with a slight touch. it feels pretty nice to hold around. this got me concerned about causing blisters during the playtest. (+)
    Longevity of Tackiness: i think tecnifibre has done a great job on the duration of the tackiness. it remained tacky throughout the playtest. it surpassed solinco wonder grip in the duration of tackiness. (+)
    Level of sweat absorption:really good sweat absorption. thought in cooler weather it played longer, but in humid, hot weather it plays fine too. (+)
    Would you consider using this overgrip?: this grip got me thinking about making it my official grip. tecnifibre sure makes some good quality stuff. this grip is a no brainer. if the store near by sells the reel at the right price, i might buy a reel of it. (+)
    List any additional thoughts on the overall performance: good quality stuff right here. wonder why no one has taken a shot at this grip? maybe i was the first person that tried this stuff. XD 10/10

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  36. BLX_Andy

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    If you're participating in the Tourna Mega Tac Playtest are you going to put the review here as well as the thread for the Mega Tac?
     
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    If I do get accepted into the playtest, I'll post the reviews on this thread and the TW thread also.
     
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    About Tourna Tac, you should have used the blue. Not the pink (it sucks quality-wise!). Even the white is poor compared to the blue.
     
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  39. BLX_Andy

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    Color makes a difference???
     
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  40. spinovic

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    I thought Pro Contact was great as well. Pro Players is also top notch...slightly thinner with perforations. Both are great and just come down to a personal preference, IMO - whether you like the solid or perforated overgrip and whether the 0.1 mm thickness matters to you.
     
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    For most grips the color changes the performance of the grip. Generally white is the tackiest because the grip doesn't have any extra dye. And so the lighter the color the tackier it is. I don't know about durability and soft/ firmness because any difference was not obvious to me. Maybe the OP might be able to chime in. It looks like he is only trying all the grips in one color though.
     
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    just adding the fact that i used Viper Dry again and i have some new respect :)
    after toweling it off a few times, the grip starts to get stickier and becomes really great for me. it has some chemical that gets tackier after a while. had a great secure feel.
     
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  43. darklore009

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    ^^^ interesting, how sticky the grip is when you done this method? i'll try this method and i'll do a revisit of this grip
     
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  44. Rozroz

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    it actually got more stickier than any tacky grip..
    i can even say i thought i'll get blisters from the extra "stick"..
    i think it works best once you wipe it repeatedly, so after a while, let's say 30 minutes of gameplay, the chemicals start to work.
    at least that was the case with me.
     
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  45. T-Bone

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    Excellent Reviews...any chance doing the same for Replacement Grips

     
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  46. darklore009

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    ^^ i'll take into consideration. i dont normally play with replacement grips. i usually use leather grips with all my rackets that i played with. maybe in the future i will.
     
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  47. BLX_Andy

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    Is it worth playing with a leather grip? I know your racquet comes with a leather grip but I'm considering trying it. I'm just concerned about how it will affect the balance since my racquet is very head light.
     
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  48. darklore009

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    i wont try leather alone. i would get blisters from it easily. but love the feel. it does affect the balance of your racket. it will go towards the head light balance since the leather is heavier than a typical synthetic replacement. i use either wilson or yonex to get the leather to prevent from blisters. a lot of people say it's the best thing ever. you should give it a try. btw, not all leather plays the same.
     
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  49. BLX_Andy

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    Well I mean to use it with an overgrip. But my Six.One 95 is 10 pts. HL and I don't want to mess with it anymore.
     
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  50. darklore009

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    you might experience more headlight than your current setup. the feel is simply cant beat.
     
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