Which replacement grip has the best cushioning and holds its shape the longest?

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  1. AndrewD

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    Just what the title says: which replacement grip (NOT overgrip) is the most cushioned and holds its shape (doesn't flatten out too quickly) the longest?

    I've been using a Wilson Micro-Dry Feel and find it pretty useless after a couple of weeks. Just seems to flatten out too quickly and doesn't offer any real cushioning.
     
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  2. brucie

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    RAB grips are good thick cushy grips try the "Air Sprung" RAB grip!
     
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  3. AndrewD

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    Bruce,

    Sorry, I've never heard of RAB. If that isn't a commonly available brand then it's highly unlikely I'll get it here in Australia.
     
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  4. vkartikv

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    Have you tried the wilson tl gels? I got rid of the leather on my wilson prostaffs and put them instead. They even come in white so you don't need an overgrip :)
     
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  5. AndrewD

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    No, I haven't tried the Wilson gel replacement grips. So far all I've used is ProKennex which I found excellent but hard to find around my area.

    Basically, the reason Im looking is because my grip size is close to but not exactly a 4 5/8. So, I use a 3/8 and put a replacement grip over the top of the original grip. Gives me the ideal size between a 1/2 and 5/8. I find that an overgrip on a 1/2 isn't enough and I dislike the feel so I use a well cushioned replacement as the base and then use a contoured replacement grip, minus the foam backing/contour (take that off and it becomes thinner than a standard replacement grip) as the top grip. Different to most people, but it works for me.

    So, what I need is a well cushioned replacement grip that will be the base grip.It doesn't need to be highly absorbent and can be perforated (but absolutely not contoured) so long as it is very cushioned.
     
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  6. FuZz_Da_AcE

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    try gamma gels, ill be honest, i havent tried them myself, but since the inside of the grip is filled with a gel-kind-of-substance, it would generally retain it's thickness quite well, no?

    EDIT: im from oz 2, but u mite find it on the net somewhere/
     
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    Wilson Cushion Aire.

    Try the black-yellow if you can find it.
     
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  8. La Bomba

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    AndrewD, why don't you use a heat shrink sleeve (1/2 size) then your gripsize will be in between 4 3/8 and 4 1/2. So then you will only need one replacement grip and overgrip.
     
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  9. thirdandlong15

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    The Head Hydrosorb has alot of cushion. I replaced my original Babloat factory grip with it and it's easily the best one I've used. But to each their own.
     
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  10. AJK1

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    Andrew G, like you, i use a 4 3/8 handle but i use a Wilson leather grip as the base, and put a HEAD Hydrosorb over that. I think it is around a 4 5/8 size by then. It feels superb. Try it!
     
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  11. emo5

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    EDIT:I accidentally posted too early ><
     
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  12. emo5

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    Andrew D ,where abouts in Australia do you live? I live in sydney
    Have you tried any of the Alinta ones? They're pretty cushiony and will last a long time considering your putting it underneath.
    Alinta is an australian brand so your very liekly to find it. Just don't look in Rebel Sport or big stores since they like to contract with American brands.
    Pro shops at clubs will normally have them.
     
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  13. jonolau

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    The RAB Air Sprung grips last long are chuinky and thick with good cushioning too.
     
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  15. emo5

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    Yeah those ones look pretty cool, I was about to get them but I went for leather coz I couldn't resist (bloody rip though... 32 AUD (24 US)).
    I wish I could stock up on tennis gear without the $100000 delivery fee from the US..
     
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  16. jonolau

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    Hi emo5. Do you use the leather stock or do you use an overgrip on it? Just curious, why do you want to use leather?
     
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  17. Marat Safinator

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    karakal replacement grips are very good and could last more than 5 months.
     
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  18. Proud Pusher

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    AndrewD, have you tried the Micro Dry Comfort? Worlds apart from the
    Micro Dry Feel as far as cushioning.

    Ken
     
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  19. emo5

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    To tell you the truth jonolau, I just wanted to try what all these people at TT wer talking about and to make my racket headlight.
    I have tried using leather without the overgrip and I was amazed, even though I played with it in the rain the first time it still retained it's tack after being wet. It also has this feel which synthetic grips cant give me. Now I use an overgrip ontop of it becuase i want to protect it (sicne it cost so damn much), it normally tans if Im using a white overgrip
    By the way Im using Gamma Leather Grip
     
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  20. jonolau

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    Thanks, emo5 for the feedback. I might just give the Gamma a shot when my replacement grip is buggered.

    Jon
     
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  21. dewey2110

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    try Babolat syntec, thick, durable, holds shape long.
     
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  22. emo5

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    Well, if you do, could you let me know how much it costed you?
    I want to see the price difference of two countries who don't get tennis equipment at bargain prices compared to the US.

    by the way, the leather grip is not cushiony at all.
     
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  23. jonolau

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    No worries. By the way, I'm located in Singapore, not the US.
     
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