I get so frustrated at my bike grips. They get torn at the end, or get loose, or generally look like junk. I think I’ve used somewhere around 3-4 different grips since I started playing polo, and most of them were just sad disappointments (ask your mom what that’s like).
Your mom joke – yeah, why not.
But then I got a set of Oury Grips , and I can say without a doubt that they are the best grips I’ve used. Between the simple design and tough construction, they seem like they were made for our little game:
No extra pieces: any grips I’ve had to use a tool to get on or off is dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumberton. Yes, it makes getting brake levers off an on, but I don’t do that enough to justify the twenty minute search that inevitably happens when I drop a bolt.
They feel good: With the cubed design of the grip, there are lots of places for your hand to grip into the grips themselves. I have had moments where I lost my handling and was able to use just a few of my little never-will-play-the-piano-well fingers to save myself a nasty fall. Plus it’s fun to squish them when I’m hanging out in goal. Tactile satisfaction.
They Last: Oury uses good material to make their grips, and that material holds up very well against walls, other players, and grinding on the ground. I’m not going to say they are impervious (mine are starting to lose the ever important bar end section), but they are holding up much more than any other grip I’ve used.
Overall – and probably the best endorsement I can give – is that I don’t think about them while playing. I asked Darby about his Oury grips and he said something along the lines of “I really don’t think about them at all,” which is more of a compliment than anything. Getting equipment that doesn’t require your thinking (and thereby supports your doing) is exactly what you want.
So if you’re in the market for some new grips, give these a try.