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Looking at getting a custom rod done, 7' MH/F. Can't decide on Winn or Full cork... if I get Winn I don't know if I want split or full yet, but if I get cork then it will definitely be full. If technique will help with your decision, it'll be for t rigs/jigs/spinnerbaits/chatterbaits. Just an all around rod. 

 

-Harrison 

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What do I prefer? 

Well, if you're getting the rod for me, I like St Croix Xtreme-Skin Handles.

Otherwise, get what you like. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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I'd get Winn grips unless its high end cork like AA or better grade Portuguese cork

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I just picked up two rods with Winn grips and have yet to fish them but they feel great. Like cork but the Winn grips are very very comfortable. 

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I went from cork full, to eva, to eva split and then the winn split. These aren't the most sensitive rods I have ever used, but I LOVE the grips.

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Premium cork is hard to beat, easy to clean. You can always add Wynn Grips.

Tom

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I think I like EVA when it’s the right texture. The rougher, harder, larger cell type foam.

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Always liked cork but got a carbon light rod with Winn grips,Love it.

 

 

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I prefer Winn grips or Eva.  Not a fan of cork.  

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41 minutes ago, WRB said:

Premium cork is hard to beat, easy to clean. You can always add Wynn Grips.

Tom

Exactly what I did to my All Star WR1's. The cork was getting pretty rough. Took about an hour for each rod.

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I’m quickly becoming a fan of Winn grips. Really like the feel and they look pretty sweet on a lot of rods

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I prefer cork with rod wrap.  Its grippy and keeps my cork nice.  I've held a winn gripped rod and liked the feel of it.  I just want a hard handle material to maximize control.

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If ya gonna do Winn grips, do Winn grips, not the tape!

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Does anyone know how durable the Winn grips are? Not the tape but actual grip. Curious to see if they last, hope so. 

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I prefer the Winn grips.

 

I also prefer a darker color Winn grip as they get filthy fast. Care guide that came with them says to clean with a damp cloth to preserve the tackiness of the grip. Plain damp cloth doesn't cut it on my Neon green Lew's Mach 2 grips though.

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Just remember that polyurethane grips dampen vibration so there will be some sensitivity lost. You can help compensate that with an open blank reel seat. Its all personal preference.  I am a fan of cork myself but have many Winn Grip and Chinese PU gripped rods because its the in thing right now. I do think these grips have peaked though in my personal opinion.    

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Cork looks nicer imo but in terms of functionality I think the winn grips always win.

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I've been an either/or as far as cork or EVA. Only handled Winn

grips in-store and do like them; however, there's something about

cork that I really like....

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15 minutes ago, newyorktoiowa57 said:

What rods use winn grips besides BPS and lews?

Kistler Mg2...

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I have cork, Wynn, and EVA.  My personal opinion is cork, split grips.  

 

I'm too OCD though, so when I pick out a new rod, I try to pick out a reel with matching handle material.  Except on the EVA rod I have, it was my first bait casting combo, and with the trouble/pain I have in my hands, I notice more discomfort when using that rod.  So I haven't given much thought to any rods with EVA handles since that discovery.  

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