New Redington Technology

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  1. Scotto55

    Scotto55 New Member

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    Anyone know anything about this new technology from Redington? Saw this on their facebook page.

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    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Looks like the grip for a mountain bike handlebar.

    Also, Redington calling that "technology" seriously stretches the definition of the word.
     
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    I've heard rumblings of a drift away from cork for environmental reasons. Not sure i dig the look though.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Yeah, I've heard stuff like that too but, to my knowledge, cork is a renewable resource because they strip the outer bark of the cork trees and this does not kill the tree.

    Who knows how many chemicals, processes and energy is required to produce a synthetic rod grip.

    Maybe someone with more knowledge of the processes involved can chime in here.
     
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    Seems that one can't walk down the street without disrupting something environmental! UGH!
     
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    Cork is almost the perfect handle material. It does however absorb oils from your hand over time and can be almost as slick as teflon when it gets wet. The texture of the Redington handle looks like it would prevent that but so would washing your cork handle with warm soapy water occasionally. My concern about the composite handle would be that a certain percentage of people that use it will have reactions to the chemicals resulting in red and swollen hands. Not fun if you are one of those people but cork will prevent that.

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    It isn't really that new. Last fall, Jim Riggins and I tested two spey rods built by Gary Loomis. They had all composite grips, fore and butt. They were comfortable and didn't slip when they got wet. The rods were okay but I didn't have the right line. I'm not sure whether he (Gary Loomis) plans on building them for production or not.
     
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    Personal 'opin.' here only: 'Butt ugly.'
     
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    Most high end custom rods outside of the fly realm are using this already.
     
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    Reminds me of a golf club grip, do you need a special glove?
    Is there a heated model?
     
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    Not a fan, if you want to go to synthetic cork mix like Loop I'm all for it.
     
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    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    You win the prize! Redington has worked with Winn Grips -- a golf club grip design company -- to develop the new rod grip. Specifically, they say: "PowerGrip amplifies casting power. The advanced polymer won’t slip when wet, feels soft in the hand and reduces fatigue. It also cleans easily, and doesn’t chip."

    I expect to have the new Redington Vapen rod with the PowerGrip for advanced testing later this week. Sounds like I'll receive a 5-wt -- so I'll most likely be out on the Yakima next weekend with it. Let me know if anyone in the area would like to give it a try.
     
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