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Do you prefer cork or EVA grips on your rods? I like the classic cork look just fine, but the newer EVA look is pretty slick. That said, I'd prefer cork on a G. Loomis or a custom rod.

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I have both but I prefer cork. It's the same thing with split grips. I prefer full grips, but I have both. If I really like a rod I will relax my preferences.

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Just curious, where'd the "hootie" come from? Is that your nickname?

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Just curious, where'd the "hootie" come from? Is that your nickname?

It's in honor of a childhood friend. We always told him that he looked like a cross between an owl and Benjamin Franklin. We always called him Hootiebenji. That was my screen name until I just decided to shorten it.

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Cork, full length, I really am not fond of split grips, except my loomis rods do it better than any rod co. At least for me, I do like a hi density eva, full length. However it's a distant 2nd for me.

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Makes no difference to me, I like both.

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I like both...

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Cork full length! ;)

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I prefer cork or burl.  If it's foam, it better not be that squishy stuff from the 80s.

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I like cork more. Looks better and feels better. There's no problem with EVA grips though. The only two rods I own are EVA.

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Until recently I was exclusively Full length cork.

 

Then I decided to try Eva was well as split grip.

 

Don't hate but still prefer the full length cork.

 

Though this wasn't an option here, I do like the Xtreme-Skin handle St Croix puts on the LegendXtreme line even better than a quality cork. 

 

A-Jay

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I prefer cork on my lighter rods.  Hard to find boat rods today that aren't eva, I like them too.

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I wrap all my handles with Rod Wrap, so it doesn't really matter to me.  However, if I had a choice on a fishing rod handle, I would take a rubber one, much like the grips on golf clubs.  My hand grips the rubber better (when dry or wet), very easy to clean, and if it wears out, you can put on a new one (like you would regrip a golf club).  I'm not sure why these grips have zero popularity, but I have a custom (and another being made) with this grip and I love it.

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I prefer full cork over eva but do have one high end rod with eva & I enjoy it. I do like the black handle skins on the St Croix legend extremes.

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I prefer split grip, and I also prefer EVA. The EVA IMO seems to have a better grip when wet (except high quality cork found on rods over the 200 dollar range) and is quite a bit more affordable than cork so when I buy a rod that has an EVA grip i am paying for the blank and not the handle material...

 

Mitch

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I prefer full length cork, split grip cork is a close second, and EVA would be my last choice.

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EVA split grip and burl split grip.

 

That covers most of my favorite rods.

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When I first got a couple of Johnny Morris Carbonlights, with split grips they felt odd.  But I got used to them and liked them.  Then I switched to one of my full length grip cork handles it felt like I was holding a baseball bat.  It felt clunky and awkward.  The Carbonlite grips are as has been suggested like the grip on a golf club.

 

Interesting thing about the grips on golf clubs.  If you tend to hook a ball, a thicker grip will tend to prevent you from turning the club over as quickly.  The converse is true.  If you tend to fade the ball, a skinnier grip will help you turn the club over quicker and reduce the amount of fade.

 

Putters.  In order to take the wrists out of the putt, some golfers use very thick grips.  Some of them are probably close to two inches in diameter.  For me, the thinner split grips allow me to work the bait better, and provide better feel.

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I prefer cork, but I have done some work with Hydra's high density EVA.  It's the hardest EVA I've ever seen.  It has a real nice feel.....but it's still not cork!!

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I have Eva on two of my reels and cork on none but I am picking up some from Hawg tech for my Quantum Smoke Inshore, Abu Garcia Revo STX & SX. I personally like the look of the cork knobs

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