Lightest Replacement Grip

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  1. Payam

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    I have been searching the web for the lightest replacement grip, but it is not as easy as it seems. TW does not list the weights of their replacement grips and they are divided according to their feel, tackiness, absorption, etc.

    I know that I should probably go for the ones with more "feel" but I am not too picky because I wrap overgrip on it.

    Which one do you recommend? And what do you think of Dunlop Gecko Tac?
     
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  2. AYone

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    I've researched this before with general google searches. It's very easy to find this info. Leather grips are very thin but they are probably the heaviest. Gel grips and thicker grips are heavy too. I would say Prince resi-thin or Babolat skin feel are the lightest. Tourna makes a very thin and light grip too. No experience with Gecko.
     
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  3. jrs

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    The lightest would be "no grip" - just use overgrip only. A friend of mine does this.
     
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  4. dkent

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    I have been searching for a long time. The lightest I have found is Wilson comfort hybrid or Performance Hybrid. If you want a thinner grip then Babolat skin feel is the best. This is after a few months of trying everything. I never took weights but palyed them all till i found these. I was trying to keep the weight down but keep the size up. The comfort Hybrid is slightly thicker.
     
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  5. Veninga

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    gecko grip is normal in weight.

    comfort hybrid by wilson is def the lightest.

    babolat comfort grip is also light and also a bit thinner.
     
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  6. Payam

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    Thanks a lot everyone for your comments. I thought of having 2 overgrips, but that would make the racquet very thin.

    This is exactly what I wanna do, so I will definitely try this replacement grip.
     
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  7. Readers

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    Donnay's synthetic, the two I took off are 11g and 12g. Rice paper thin too.
     
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  8. corners

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    Wilson Sponge grip is thick and only weighs 10 grams. Nice grip too. And it comes in black. Comfort hybrid is only white with horrific gold lettering. Sampras uses Sponge under his Tourna.
     
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  9. spinovic

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    I agree. That gold lettering is enough to eliminate it from consideration.
     
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  10. spinovic

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    I did that once as well. I actually liked it pretty good. I don't typically like a lot of cushion on my grips. I put the Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid on one of my old, cheap racquets and it is too thick/cushiony. Not a bad grip, just not what I like. I like the Micro Dry grip from Wilson pretty good.

    I haven't tried a ton of different ones, but my favorites as of now are the HEAD Hydrosorb Pro and the Prince ResiThin.

    As for overgrips, the only one I've even tried is the standard Wilson Pro. I don't currently use any though. I like my regular grip, so I see no need to put something over it at this point. I would like to try the Yonex SuperGrap since it seems to be the consensus pick as best overgrip.
     
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  11. Chotobaka

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    Although I haven't reached the point where I break out the scale to weigh grips, I've got to think Babolat Skin Feel has to be among the lightest grips out there. It certainly is thin and works to shrink the grip by about half a size, but still manages to maintain a little cushioning (and good feel).
     
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  12. jonestim

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    I just weighed two Prince ResiThin grips I took off some 4 5/8 racquets and they came in at 13.5 g trimmed.
     
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  13. Torres

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    The lightest replacement grip, rather surprisingly is the Wilson Comfort Hybrid- it simply has alot of air in it compared to other grips. It's also pretty thin (despite what it says on the Wilson website). About 10-11g trimmed. Lighter than SkinFeel, ResiThin etc.

    http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_product/WHCOMF-1.jpg
     
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  14. Francis27

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    The babolat syntec replacement grip is pretty light
     
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  15. Torres

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    No it isn't. Its a standard weight.
     
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  16. Govnor

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    I just put a Bab skin feel on my racquet and would have a hard time playing with no overgrip on it. There is just no cushioning there.
     
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  17. Readers

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    The one I just bought and installed was 13g trimmed, still light enough for me.
     
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  18. Bartelby

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    But does the comfort hybrid compress much over time?




     
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  19. unorthodox stringing

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    Long ago, I've given up trying to find a thick and light replacement grip.

    I now use one inch wide window insulation foam tape. They come in rolls and many different thickness. I like the ones between 3-4mm thick. I wrap that around my grip pallet without overlaps. Then my overgrip.

    The foam tape beefed up my 4 1/4 pallet to 4 1/2 and added only 7grams. And they're so much cheaper than replacement grips! :)

    Something like the pic below:
    http://www.coolwaygroup.com/upfiles/12952505081foam-tape.JPG
     
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  20. Bartelby

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    Electrical tape, sprays and now insulation tape - I needed a reason to go to a hardware store.
     
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  21. corners

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    Does that foam tape absorb water? One of the points of using a base replacement grip, even if you're just going to put an overgrip over it, is that the base grips are highly absorbent, so sweat will wick through the overgrip and into the replacement grip. If your insulation foam tape does not absorb water your overgrip will become saturated more quickly.
     
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  22. unorthodox stringing

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    There are different types of foam tape. One is open-cell and the other closed-cell.

    The open-cell is permeable and absorbs water readily. More so than a sponge. I preferred the closed-cell ones as they are only mildly absorbent.

    Humidity where I am is always above 95% all year round. So far, even with sweaty palms, I have not had any moisture problems on my overgrips.
     
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  23. Bartelby

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    You've been heard - you can now get them without the gold lettering.



     
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  24. Payam

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    Oh good, that's comforting to know.
     
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  25. robbo1970

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    Just weighed an untrimmed Gecko Tac grip and it was 13g exactly.

    Quite a nice grip actually.
     
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  26. MAXXply

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    Upon the comments of Torres above, I decided to try the Comfort Hybrid, and on a racket that I wanted to make lighter (Vacuum Pro 90). The Comfort Hybrid definitely makes a difference in weight, and for the better. My VP90 despite retaining its significant heft is now much easier to swing. The only drawback is the reduction in bevel feel. I also have yet to play it in humid conditions so hope it won't be too slippery on hot sweaty days. Squishiness will be an issue however as I already feel some reduction in thickness after only a few sessions - at least I think so...

    As Bartelby also said, the latest iteration (2012 printed on rear of package) no longer has the horrid gold embossed branding and lays smooth. That's cool but I prefer the "ridged" feel of grips that provide an indentation between each layer.

    I'll continue to read with interest other's opinions about the current lightest replacement grips so share away.
     
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  27. Torres

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    @ Maxxply.

    Comfort Hybrid does squish down a bit over time, but not necessarily in a way that make the bevels more pronounced.

    You could try Resithin. Firmer than Comfort Hybrid, less 'foamy' and more rubbery feeling. You lose slight bevel edge but it probably doesn't round it out as much as Comfort Hybrid.

    SkinFeel is probably the best for retaining bevel feel but it does tend to thin the grip size a bit. Slightly plasticky feeling but not too bad.

    Both are fractionally heavier than Comfort Hybrid but nowhere near the weight of a normal full replacement grip.
     
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  28. Payam

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    I finally tried Osmo-Dry replacement grip (because I had a spare one which I had ordered before), and it seems to be heavier than the original Gecko-Tac which comes with the racket, because my racket with the original GT grip (and a heavy perforated signum pro over grip) feels lighter than the one with the Osmo-Dry grip (with no overgrips).
    Unfortunately I don't have a scale to weigh them. Next time, I should definitely go for the Comfort Hybrid which people here had suggested.
     
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  29. MAXXply

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    Additional feedback:

    I bought another Comfort Hybrid but it was the gold logo version as disliked by some of the commenters here (I only bought it because it was locally discounted). I was surprised and relieved the horrible branding is imprinted just once on the grip and not two or three times as I wrongly expected. As a result, the visual disruption on the grip isn't too bad (yeah yeah, but we're all gear nerds here so this stuff matters :) ) Secondly this gold branded version does not roll out flat on the grip. It provides for a ridged/indented feel, which as I noted above I much prefer.

    Comfort Hybrid's static weight out of the pack seems no different to any other synthetic grip - I honestly cannot tell the difference in weight with other non-leather grips when the grips are held in the hand. But as soon as you fit it onto a racket it's almost like a mystical transformative power takes place to make the racket lighter. The grip is a definite option for anyone wanting to reduce racket weight with a standard replacement grip. The swingweights on my rackets are noticeably lighter and more manageable now. (with thanks to TT'er Torres)

    I also bought some of the cheapie white Dunlop Hydramax Tours from TW. The ones with the triangular punch-outs. Not sure if this is earth-shattering news for some of you but the product comes packed with a black rubber Dunlop gripband as found on the tops of Dunlop racket handles. This is in addition to the standard finishing tape that is supplied.
     
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  30. robbo1970

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    Good spot.

    Yes I got one of those a while back and it seems Dunlop used to include those, but don't seem to on the newer grips. I do tend to remove those rubber grip thing anyway.
     
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  31. Rob1

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    Prince Resi is Light and Head Xtreme is a light over grip.
     
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  32. Payam

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    Thanks Rob1, but we are talking about replacement grip here not overgrips.
     
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  33. dkent

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    Since when did my name show up as torres lol.
     
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