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mjmurphy53711 09-14-2005 10:29 PM

i think they need to be rethought, i took one to the head this year and had a nice lump for a few days. My buddy cracked a rib last year with one, and im pretty sure a carbon fiber handle hit my vest buckle and broke/seperated my ribs this year. Im sticking with the old school myself, especially at a hundred bucks a crack. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.wakecoupons.com" target="_blank">www.wakecoupons.com</a>

alans 09-14-2005 10:54 PM

Just picked up a nevin handle, it is the nicest handle I have ever had. Rides just like a carbon but its soft and won't break any boards,ribs,heads, etc...

thane_dogg 09-14-2005 10:58 PM

I'm sticking with the traditional. I love my premier handle.

mjmurphy53711 09-14-2005 11:13 PM

glad to know im not the only one that feels this way.

peter_c 09-14-2005 11:38 PM

Heck I am so old school I have a rubber handle that has a tractor type grip and I love it! Those new style foam handles make my hands hurt.

madchild1 09-15-2005 12:07 AM

i love my byerly handle, SUPER light and half the price. plus, it floats just fine to the dismay of others.

stephan 09-15-2005 12:19 AM

You guys should check out the new Proline handle. They call it the leather grip but it's not really leather. It feels like a super soft chamoise(shammy) and is incredibly tacky yet very soft. I can't wait to get one.

superairdawg 09-15-2005 6:34 AM

I absolutely LOVED my Zero G handle's stiffness and feel, enough that I was willing to put up with having to pull it into the boat carefully, toss it to a rider carefully, etc. However, after seeing someone nearly get his arm torn off after a fall where his arm went through it, then the same thing nearly happened to me, I started riding really timid with my graphite handle. Needless to say, I no longer use it. <BR> <BR>Currently digging my "old skool" Gregg handle, although the HL Premier is very good too.

greenthumb 09-15-2005 6:36 AM

Premier handle for me all the way....but having said that, I have never tried any of the carbon handles.

fox 09-15-2005 7:45 AM

I rode a carbon handle and thought the grip was a bit narrow. I am used to a much wider traditional handle.

guido 09-15-2005 10:43 AM

Shea!!! the new proline handles are dope. They have another one that has re-wrappable grips. You can change the feel by how thick you wrap it and can replace the grip when you wear it out. It is also contoured with a slight U shape to the handle to help with handle passes. Usually I say gimmick to this type of stuff, but that handle is really sick. I'll be sporting one this year for sure.

superairdawg 09-15-2005 1:16 PM

What was the narrow graphite handle you tried, fox? The Accurate graphite handles are listed as 15.7" inches wide, a tad wider than the std 15". <BR> <BR>I'll admit they LOOK narrow due to the thickness on each end, but they are in effect the same width as std handles.

bigjackamo 09-15-2005 3:58 PM

Did anyone mention accidentally dropping them on your boat can leave a mark too? I think they are overpriced unnecessary junk. <BR> <BR>HL Premier for me, got it when it came out because of the thicker pad and still using it today.

twakess 09-15-2005 4:04 PM


wakeriderixi 09-15-2005 4:16 PM

I choose the P R E M I E R

jarrod 09-15-2005 4:22 PM

Proline handle, no doubt. The new grip is nice. <BR> <BR>My Premier handle is getting a little slippery

redv215 09-15-2005 4:58 PM

I want to see the new Proline handles. When are they suppose to hit the market? Their website still shows last years stuff.

wakeslife 09-15-2005 6:26 PM

what's up with the new 'hyperlite handles'. I thought that accurate was owned/ a company associated with Hyperlite that designed the ropes and handles for them???

wake_upppp 09-15-2005 6:37 PM

I don't think the type of handle has anything to do with what happens if you get ur arm through it. I'm thinking the results are gonna be the same.

timmy 09-15-2005 6:40 PM

screw the carbon. I have a $30 straight line barefoot wakes handle 15"

09-15-2005 7:54 PM

I really don't notice an improvement in my riding between a "normal" handle and a carbon. When I ride I'm not really ever thinking "Man, this handle is way to heavy". I just never notice the difference.

mjmurphy53711 09-15-2005 9:32 PM

I think it was just an idea that wasnt thought all the way through in terms of downfalls/benefits as opposed to the marketability of it. Just my .02 <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.wakecoupons.com" target="_blank">www.wakecoupons.com</a>

jayp 09-15-2005 10:08 PM

Carbon fiber handles wont make you ride better and just cost more $$$ First time I used one it hit me in the wrist while crashing. I had a bruise for a week. I wouldn't buy one. I have an Accurate Premier. It costs less and I like it better.

zboomer 09-16-2005 6:44 AM

All right all you haters, I'll go on record as saying I like my carbon-fiber Straighline Vortex. <BR> <BR>It's super light, has lasted two summers so far, and I LOVE the grip on it. It's also nice that you can wrap the rope around it for storage. <BR> <BR>I did discover it sucks to let beginners use it though. If they fall backwards, and let go too late, the handle hits the board knocking a chip out of it. <BR> <BR>Otherwise I love it, oh well.

alans 09-16-2005 7:11 AM

Like I said earlier, you guys have got to check out the Nevin handles, particularly the Collin and the Josh TCH handles. They are hard to describe but they feel just like a carbon handle when you are getting pulled (no twist) and they are soft and flexible so they cant hurt you, your boat or your board. I bought mine 2 weeks ago sight unseen because no one had any around here to look at. I go through about 3 handles a season and this one looks like it could last a lot longer, but we will see. Also, you can't beat 17 inches! Here is a link to some. <a href="http://www.buywake.com/catalog/index.lasso?cat=5" target="_blank">http://www.buywake.com/catalog/index.lasso?cat=5</a>

l7wakeboarder 09-16-2005 7:27 AM

I put my head through the handle once and dislocated my jaw, if I would have had a graphite handle the thing would have damn near taken my head clean off. I'll stick with the old school handle. I am interested in that new proline handle, sounds pretty wicked.

fox 09-16-2005 8:32 AM

I am 95% certain it was a Straightline carbon...the black and red one. It was super light, the grip was awesome, but somehow it "felt" smaller. I might be one of the sesitive types where the little things throw me off my game. I heard that thing crack off someone elses board on a fall, and man I would not want to get my hand in the middle of that. <BR> <BR>Not that I'm all up on someone's "jock" particularly, but I liked the grip on Murray's new handle. The molded grips were nice and seemed to make for less blisters than the 05 Murray handle. I think I will be getting one as soon as the come out.

shavis 09-16-2005 8:39 AM

does anyone notice that parks has a carbon handle that he never uses....other than shapiro i cant think of any other pros that actually use carbon

mjmurphy53711 09-16-2005 9:44 PM

Im still a hater, but Boomer made some good points. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.wakecoupons.com" target="_blank">www.wakecoupons.com</a>

mjmurphy53711 09-16-2005 9:44 PM

Im still a hater, but Boomer made some good points. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.wakecoupons.com" target="_blank">www.wakecoupons.com</a>

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