Masterline Radius Ergo anti roll handle

dislanddisland Posts: 1,154 Crazy Baller
edited February 2016 in Other Stuff
Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
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  • steve77steve77 Posts: 28 Baller
    We used one for awhile this past season and I liked it. I thought I wasn't going to but I was surprised by how comfortable it was
  • Mike GileMike Gile Posts: 254 Solid Baller
    Looks alot like the old US gear handle. I liked the feel and felt like I never got split fingered by the rope
  • MSMS Posts: 4,650 Mega Baller
    edited February 2016
    I just got my new handles from US Gear. AWESOME.
    They are lighter, my head doesn't fit through and I got 4, 300 plus set years out of my last one.


    Shut up and ski
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 324 Solid Baller
    My ski partner has that handle and he loves it. I've tried it and hated it. It all comes down to how you grip your handle. When I ski I have one of my thumbs on top of the handle cap. With the Masterline Radius Ergo handle my grip would sometimes slide too far up the handle for my comfort. Nothing wrong with the handle - it just didn't suit my style.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    @ms how long did it take you to get those new handles after you ordered them?
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    As @gregy mentioned when you last asked ... the Masterline doesn't have the flotation of the US Gear handles. To make it more clear, they sink. Last summer at a tournament they threw my handle from the boat and didn't reach the dock. It started going down fast... my buddy Mason jumped in to rescue it without thinking about the phone in his pocket. I thank him for his sacrifice :)
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,424 Mega Baller
    edited February 2016
    @ms is was that recently that you got those from US Gear? How long did it take to get them? @dchristman been thinking of ways to put some flotation on the Masterline. My US Gear handle will have to be retired by Summer.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,650 Mega Baller
    I ordered them around Xmas.
    Shut up and ski
    dvskier
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,038 Administrator
    If anyone cares MasterLine and InTow support BallOfSpray. US Gear thoroughly burned a bridge with me and many Ballers a few years ago. I wish Randy well but i can not recommend doing business with him.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

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  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    edited February 2016
    @gregy it would be nice to add some flotation. I was thinking of taking a couple of thin foam floats off an old trick harness, slicing them lengthwise, and then gluing them back together over the exposed rope in the 'Y'. I hate to make it more bulky though - it's already bigger and heavier than a 12" US Gear. The only time it's an issue is during handle swapping at a tournament...
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • MSMS Posts: 4,650 Mega Baller
    I have lots of product from both ML and In-Tow in my arsenal.
    Shut up and ski
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,365 Crazy Baller
    @dchristman remember when all handles floated?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,038 Administrator
    MasterLine quality is second to none. I have one of the early prototypes of the ergo handle. I need to get my hands on the finished product.

    I'm also vaguely aware of some of the R&D and custom stuff that happens at MasterLine. My impression is Russell really knows what he's doing and always working towards cutting edge product.

    Support BallOfSpray by supporting the companies that support BallOfSpray

    Babes / Connelly / D3 / DBSkis / Goode / Hobe Lake / HO Syndicate / KD Skis  

    MasterCraft / Masterline / MOB / O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / Reflex / Radar / Stokes

  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    @Bill22 I gotta say "no"... I guess I'm not that old.



    only 1 out of 5 of these old handles floated. It is the oldest one, though.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    @gregy I was going to try one of these foam rope floats, but my float test says one isn't enough :/


    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,154 Crazy Baller
    @horton I just ordered one. I will do a review but wont be skiing much until April. Going on a surf trip in March
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,424 Mega Baller
    @dchristman I was thinking something similar then wrap over it with tape.
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,961
    The only issue I have with the ML handle versus the US Gear Handle is that ML doesn't offer different diameters. I like a smaller diameter than ML offers so I am forced to go with US Gear. maybe ML will start to offer a few diameter choices.
    Bob Grizzi
    jipster43
  • A_BA_B Posts: 3,900 Mega Baller
    Really liked my Ergo handle. I know it is just a feel difference, but I thought the Ergo stayed stickier all season vs. the USG. I don't ski that much, but when I do, there is a fair amount of resistance on the handle, so stickiness is important to me. Some guys are fine with handles that I think are dry or slippery, just my preference...
  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 217 Baller
    ml offers 8 diameters, from .888 up to 1.183
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,424 Mega Baller
    On the website it only list 1.0" as the handle diameter. If a you really wanted something different might be worth contacting ML and ask for a custom dia.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,323 Mega Baller
    I would be shocked if ML wouldn't make a custom diameter but maybe they have limited sizes in the Ergo blanks.
    Mark Shaffer
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    I've had mine for 12 months and really like it. Had a problem with the first one bending after one set, but they stood behind it and replaced it, albeit after a long wait. No probs since. I find the 13" too big and next time will get a 12. With the curved end caps it makes the handle feel bigger. Great rubber too.
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,961
    edited February 2016
    @skihacker @Chef23 prepare to be shocked - I inquired with Randy last summer, in person when I was in Orlando, and they did not plan on offering different diameters. The website used to, and may still, allow you to choose the diameter size for the Ergo but that was a carry over from the straight handle ordering pages. They only offer the 1" diameter; even if you choose a different diameter on the ordering page.....I know because I ordered one with a smaller diameter and got the standard 1" diameter.
    Bob Grizzi
  • MSMS Posts: 4,650 Mega Baller
    I had USG make mine at .950
    Shut up and ski
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,018 Mega Baller
    @rockdog does your 13" measure 13.5"? My (presumably) 12" measures 12.5" ... Definitely feels bigger than my old us gear 12". Both are 1" diameter.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    @dchristman mine is spot on 13". It really is too big and wished I got the 12. Also certain there's still only one diameter - 1", for those wondering.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,350 Historical Baller
    edited February 2016
    @dchristman Vs. your posting in Feb. 3rd: which one of the 5 handles floated? Would it
    be the Glad Handle on the right?
    In the early 1970's, I made the Ultra Handle, which was golf grips over an Aluminum holllow
    foam-filled core. It DID float, and also passed the AWSA load specification. See
    Rule: 8.04d. Worded differently now, but it used to be the handle had to take a load
    of 700# without breaking.
    The Ultra Handle was 6061T6 Aluminum, 13/16 OD and 1/8 wall. Think that it was the
    first "golf grip" handle. Made about 350 of them. Sold for $25. An example of one is
    at the Hall of Fame Museum.
    Andrewolfgangjipster43
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,564 Crazy Baller
    @Edbrazil Old friends of mine John and Ben Pimpinelli swore by the Ultra - we were south Jersey free skiers back then.
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