Dark's Overgrip Review

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  1. Tennisist

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    Overgrips with a sanded / suade type of surface are not slippery when wet. They are typically classified as "dry", i.e. the opposite of "tacky".

    The one thing to watch for: some of then, when they become wet, simply disintegrate.

    All the tacky overgrips I've tried have indeed been very slippery.
     
  2. Nostradamus

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    they must creat a super tacky overgrip that is Not slippery when wet
     
  3. seb23

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    Have you ever thought of trying Pros Pro overgrips?

    My favourite overgrips have to be Wilson Pro overgrip or Yonex supergrap but the pros pro can be had for about 1/3 of the price. I'm probably going to take a punt and get a pack of 30 when I run out of overgrips.
     
  4. corners

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    Yes, They absolutely Must! Make of this task your life's mission. The world will never forget you. (I wouldn't, at any rate.)
     
  5. darklore009

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    Was the grip easy to apply: As mikeler told me, this grip didnt come with a tapered end. Which kinda took some time to install it on. I did use a double sided tape to solve this issue. i switched out the finishing tape with the yonex finishing tape since it holds the grip better than the tourna.

    Was it sized appropriately (e.g., was it long enough?):: This grip was good enough to install it all the way to the top of the handle.

    Level of tackiness (did your hand stick/slip too much?): Started touching it and it begin to know the nooks and crannies of why this grip is so favored among the TT community. Super sticky grip. As some people describe it as, a grip that is dipped in glue. However, this high level of tack does have a drawback. This grip does collect tiny specs of dust in the air, appearing in the white grip. So, i had to keep this grip wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent this from happening. This grip doesnt let the racket fly. I even dared to grip the handle so lightly that it never came off my hand (never try this @ home kids)

    Longevity of Tackiness : this grip lasted way longer than other tacky grips. supassed the tack mark on the solinco and the genesis. I normally towel my grips to keep it tackiness. which contributes the extended life of these grips. Although the grip stayed strong, the dirt marks that it has bothers me and wish it would stay white (no discovery on how to make it tacky and maintain the clean white color)

    Level of sweat absorption: I had problems with the absorption. it did well in the beginning hours with these, but then the grip dropped drastically. It didnt absorb the grip very well and had some issues making it dry.

    Would you consider using this overgrip?: The non tampered ends and the lack of absorption was the biggest set back for me. Besides the ultra tackiness of this grip provides, this grip wasnt for me. However, i was glad to give it a try and experiences the fusses about this grip.
     
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  6. jonestim

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    MegaTac was too grippy for me - I usually use a Wilson Pro Perforated. I never got used to the feel, and grip changes were a hair slow because of the tackiness. On the other hand, my wife loves it. She has small hands and plays with a 4" grip. She was having problems with the racquet twisting when hitting off center and this grip has made it much better.
     
  7. darklore009

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    i know this grip isnt for everyone. some people like it tacky too the max, while some people like it tacky enough that it doesnt give them blisters and not being throwing across the court.
     
  8. mikeler

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    That is my issue with it. I use a variety of grips and switching between them can be slower with the sticky grips.
     
  9. robbo1970

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    I find the feel and tac of Head Xtreme Soft to be really good, but I don't like the perforations. Is there one that us similar in feel but without the perforations?
     
  10. Nostradamus

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    oh just wait til your hand sweats. then mega tac becomes mega slippery:)
     
  11. BLX_Andy

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    I would like to try an Overgrip that's somewhat tacky, cushioned, good sweat absorption, and lasts a good time. I'm running out of my Wilson Pro Overgrip in my 50-pack and I'm thinking about switching. I'm thinking about Tourna Grip but that tore/frayed easily for me actually.
     
  12. darklore009

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    im still yet to find an overgrip that meet all of those criteria's.
     
  13. Matchball

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    What about Tourna Tac, not the mega tac version.

    Good cushioning, moderate tack, good absorption, decent durability ?
     
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    Hi Rozroz, how long should it take for the grip to become tacky. I've used the grip twice now, 1st time for 2hrs and last night for 1.5hrs. Should it be getting tacky by now?If anything it seems to me to be getting slippier. I like the feel and look of the grip but unfortunately I might have to go back to Tourna.
     
  15. darklore009

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    finalized the mega tac review. i'll be ending up reviewing every single grip available to me from a nearby tennis shop that i live at.
     
  16. Rozroz

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    if you've remembered to TOWEL THE GRIP every few games, it should get tacky pretty quickly.
    but ONLY if you've toweled it. otherwise you'll be extremely disappointed ;)

    btw - i used it only at our humid summer.
    now in winter i prefer SuperGrap.
     
  17. liam1

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    Yep I do towel it or wipe it with my shirt during the game. Maybe my hands are just too sweaty.
     
  18. Rozroz

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    hmmm.. that's a shame.
    the Viper dry is somewhat unique in that "towel wipe" effect,
    however, for me it's was pretty effective during the 3 months of extra humid summer, better than the Supergrap.
    let us know if you find something even better!
     
  19. darklore009

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    Was the test grip easy to apply (any wrinkles during install, did the grip lay down nicely?): This grip is easy to apply. it comes with a tamper end to make it easy to apply.

    Was it sized appropriately (e.g., was it long enough?): As for all gamma grips, this grip is size appropriately. The ends have been cut in an angle to make it a clean finish

    Level of tackiness (did your hand stick/slip too much?): I would put this grip at where solinco wonder grip. its tackier than wilson and yonex, but not as tacky as the super tack.

    Thickness: It not the thickest overgrip. But, it isnt thin as a wilson pro overgrip. It didnt rounded the babel of the frame, so it satisfies me.

    Longevity of Tackiness: I regularly towel this grip. So, the tackiness doesnt wear out that soon with out the towel. pretty average for my standards.

    Level of sweat absorption:: It had ok absorption. Didnt had any problems of the grip slipping out of my hands. Not recommended for heavy sweaters.

    Would you consider using this overgrip?: I might stick to these for awhile. I bought a 15 pack overgrip reel for a good price. I wont know the old version of these because I wasnt into tennis stuff that time. But, I guess it was the legendary grip that came around before they screwed it up.
     
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  20. darklore009

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    gonna order some pro's pro overgrip, need help deciding which grip should i review for new week. thanks
     
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    Has anyone tried the any of the non-Viper versions of Dunlop?

    I think that together with RZR tac, they are among the most durable overgrips.

    Darklore are you planning to playtest the Gecko Tac or even the Tour version any time soon ?
     
  22. darklore009

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    i am planning on play testing some dunlop grips after i finish my review with the supreme.
     
  23. Matchball

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    Awesome, I cannot make up my mind on how this Gecko Tac compares to the RZR Tac, but I am certain that durability-wise they are top-tier.

    No idea about the Tour version.

    Thanks, I will be looking forward to your opinion !
     
  24. darklore009

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    i like RZR tac, it really durable for its kinda imo. i'll try to compare them once i order them
     
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    Well I'm here if you found one! :)
     
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    Installation: I had no issues with this grip when installing it. This grip did come with a tampered end and a finishing tape. Installation was ease.

    Feel: When i touched this grip, it wasnt the most tacky grip that I experienced. However, its tackier than the Wilson and Yonex. The grip wasnt thin nor was thick. It doesnt have that cushioning feel to it but it didnt feel it was like paper.

    Duration: After weeks of hitting with it, it performed as a normal overgrip. The absorption in the middle. When i gripped it hard enough and twist the frame, it sorta slipped and rotated the direction that my partner was turning it at.

    Overall Thoughts: This grip didnt have a standout compared to other grips. To me, it performed like a overgrip should do. Wrap a overgrip to make the grip tacky, and throw it out once it turns dirty or slips out of my hands. I would have to pass on these grips.
     
  27. Matchball

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    Thanks Darklore !
    Keep them coming.
     
  28. tennissavvy

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    How about Dunlop U-Sweat Overgrip for sweaters?

    I like to compare with tourna and solinco heaven dry overgrips (best for sweaters so far)
     
  29. tennissavvy

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    how about Prince DryPro 12 Pack Overgrip Green?
     
  30. corners

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    Yeah, I'm interested in U-Sweat too, but Darklore isn't a sweater...
     
  31. darklore009

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    i havent been active in this thread cuz i have midterms to study for next week. beginning in next friday, i'll likely to find more grips to try out. stay tuned for more overgrip reviews
     
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  32. Matchball

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    Best of luck !
     
  33. darklore009

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    New Overgrips Coming up:
    **** Tacky Overgrip
    Prince Tacky Pro
    Prince Dura Pro+
    Wilson Advantage
    Babolat Pro Team SP
    Babolat Babol XL
     
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    **** Tacky Overgrip

    Was the test grip easy to apply (any wrinkles during install, did the grip lay down nicely?): It was easy to install this grip on to my handle. no wrinkles while installing it. This grip is tampered so it's easy to start wrapping the grip around the buttcap.

    Was it sized appropriately (e.g., was it long enough?): It was long enough to wrap around my racket handle. had to cut some extras to make it clean looking.

    Thickness: It was on the thicker side in terms of thickness. It wasnt thick enough to loose the babel feel, but not as thin as a Wilson pro overgrip.

    Longevity of Tackiness:Surprisingly, this grip hold it's tackiness fairly long. It past Solinco Wonder grip mark, but didnt reach the Mega Tac level of tac. I would say this would go against Pro Contact Overgrip by Tecnifibre

    Level of sweat absorption: It good in absorbing sweat from my hands. I played it in a hot weather in California and it preformed well. It didnt ruin the performance of this grip

    Would you consider using this overgrip? I was lucky enough to get one of these grip from a friend that purchase them when he got a racket customized by ****. I didnt want to pay $90 to get a whole bucket of these if i dont like it. However, he was kind enough to give me one for the sakes of this overgrip review grip. I'm still using it right now and it still performing well for me. However, when this grip does lose it's touch, kinda pricey to get another one of these grips.

    List any additional thoughts on the overall performance: This really stacked up against Pro contact. I like that grip and also this grip too. perfect tack and sweat absorption. Also comes in variety of colors that suit your taste (i tried the white color). However, the color may affect the performance of these grips. Glad to try a overgrip that is currently used on tour by players that are under **** service.
     
  35. Matchball

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    This **** overgrip is easily one of the heaviest I 've tried !
     
  36. darklore009

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    forgot to point that out. thanks for the post
     
  37. liam1

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    Dark, can i ask which overgrip in your opinion has the best sweat absorption? had high hopes for Dunlop Viper but unfortunately its not working out, too slippy in my hand. Am I stuck with Tourna or is there an alternative you can recommend?
     
  38. corners

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    Dark, you know the soft, pillowy feel of Wilson Pro and Yonex Supergrap? Any of the other overgrips you've tested have the same pillowy feel under the tacky surface?
     
  39. Nostradamus

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    how do you feel about that Tourna Megatac now ? now they are making the 10 pac which is cheaper ? Better than wilson pro overgrip roger uses ?
     
  40. corners

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    You talking to me!? I liked Megatac's tack, but the soft, pillowy feel of Pro or Supergrap is really nice, and Megatac lacks that feel completely. Megatac, as you know, also does not absorb sweat nearly as well as Pro or Supergrap. For a sweaty fella like me, I would have to use an antiperspirant; then it would be pretty awesome.
     
  41. darklore009

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    Did you give solinco heaven grip a try? its the greyish color grip. That one has a dry surface and its similiar to Tourna.
     
  42. darklore009

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    If you want pillowly feel, wave grip by yonex should do the trick. But it thickens the grip a lot. The closest thing that i treid so far to fit your description would be either Pro's Pro Ultra tacky or Pro's pro Aqua zorb plus
     
  43. Nostradamus

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    can you put on antiperspirant deorderant on palm of your hand, does this work ? is this safe even ?
     
  44. corners

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    Doesn't work; isn't safe. Fun, though.

    TW does sell a hand antiperspirant that one poster I think highly of, Chotobaka, swears by. Haven't tried it but intend to.
     
  45. tennissavvy

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    I am heavy sweater and solinco heaven grip work better or same as original tourna grip. I prefer blue color but grey is fine for now.

    I am looking at Prince DryPro Overgrip Green and Dunlop U-Sweat Overgrip for review and comparison with above two.
     
  46. darklore009

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    would have to say it would very rare for me to playtest dry overgrips since i'm not a heavy sweater.
     
  47. Matchball

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    Tried Dunlop Tour, very good quality and unique "suede-like" feeling.
    Medium thickness, not too tacky, good comfort.
     
  48. darklore009

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    How would you compare the Dunlop tour? Is it similar to a wilson?
     
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    You mean the Wilson Pros, right?

    Less stretchy, thicker, wider, more comfort/vibration absorption, totally different feel with less initial tack and more plush feeling (velvety/suede). It also seems to be "aging" better wrapped around the grip, although I cannot reliably comment on durability yet. If they had a 30-pack version I would buy it immediately.

    Since I typically use a leather grip on my frames, I have developed a preference for at least medium-thick overgrips, that can give that slight added comfort; besides feedback remains optimal and the bevels are still pronounced with these. In the past I was going for tack, but my taste became gradually more complex :)

    For people who like Viper Dry I suggest they also have a look on Prince's ResiPro overgrips. They are quite similar, but the major problem of slippage at the point of overlap seems to be less of an issue with the Prince, at least initially. Have not put it into rigorous test yet. They are also on offer on TW (mini discount).
     
  50. Nostradamus

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    this sounds like best thing i have heard of eveer
     

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