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PU Grip - do they expire?

Published: 22 Jan 2009 - 09:22 by mike

Updated: 22 Jan 2009 - 17:29

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I was just thinking about the boxes of 24 x Karakal PU Grips and wondered if the grips are likely to perish at all if they sit for a long time before being used.

I replace my grip every 3-4 weeks, so a box of 24 would last 18 months - 2 years, and I live in a fairly humid place. Are the grips at the bottom of the box still going to be good after 2 years?

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2009 - 17:29

Mike - go halves with your team mate?

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From daveamour - 22 Jan 2009 - 16:18

I buy boxes of 24 and they last about 1 year and they are fine.

I love the Titan grips:

http://www.titansport.co.uk/grips/index.htm

I put a Super Flat Grip underneath and then a Contour grip on top.  The Contour grips are great - sort of spongy and they mould to fit your hand.

 

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From bosartek - 22 Jan 2009 - 15:43

I can't speak for grips in general, but I think it depends on the material. The Karakal PU grips should be good for at least two years, after which they start to dry and become brittle, and the surface eventually begins to crumble. If you're buying a box, this shouldn't as much of a problem as all of the grips will be fresh and from the same stock, so it's likely they will last much longer. No worries, just don't leave the grips out on a sunny windowsill!

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From rippa rit - 22 Jan 2009 - 14:50

Mike - there is nothing much to go wrong with a grip.  I used to manufacture them when I had a sporting business.  The material the grip is made out of is unlikely to go off and if it does it was crap in the first place.  The only other thing is the double sided tape, and if that loses its tackyness a bit that is not a big deal. With most products, not just grips and rackets, don't store them in the car and park, using your car as a bedroom or storeroom, especially in high temperatures like you can get in Oz.

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