Handles

JduperouJduperou Posts: 3 Baller
Unfortunately found out that handles don't last forever, just ask my tender ribs..
Any recommendations on handles that people are liking?
Have seen the handles with webbing in the V, any info?
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  • Fehlindra Fehlindra Posts: 205 Baller
    edited March 2016
    i gonna try out the masterline ergo this year

    i think the add on webbing is for safety reason
    MZito
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,335 Crazy Baller
    Intow has an opinion to get a crossbar instead of the webbing. It is to prevent you head from going through the handle in a fall. I got it on mine and I think it was worth the extra $10-15 bucks.
    HortonThan_Bogan
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,707 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    In Tow
    ski6jones
  • BRYBRY Posts: 567 Crazy Baller
    +1 InTow http://www.jlbmfg.com/
    Last couple of mine spectra. Didn't think the few oz less weight would matter but it does feel better. Crossbar cheap and well executed.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,554 Mega Baller
    I love my USGEAR and it is by far the best handle I have owned. I know he is not a sponsor of BOS but Randy makes an awesome product.
    Shut up and ski
    BG1skihart
  • TELTEL Posts: 153 Baller
    Just got my first in tow spectra handle lighter does feel better great product. Brenda was great to work with. Also got one of her ropes.
  • DaveLemonsDaveLemons Posts: 270 Solid Baller
    In-Tow
    davestaxidermystudio.com
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,027 Mega Baller
    I use a 12" radius .970 dia. Spectra In Tow with no fancy stuff. I then after market an arm guard- style product. Even with Kevlar gloves, the handle lasts a long time.

    Like anything, the better you care for it, the longer it will last. Don't leave it lying in the sun. Don't get suntan lotion or bilge oil on it. Keep it out of the prop. That kind of stuff.

    Handle diameter is something to consider, and it can be challenging to choose without going to the ski shop or trying out your friends' handles. There is no right or wrong, though some folks think the narrow handles are easier to hold while wider handles are easier on your elbows. Radius (bent) handles are also thought to be better for the elbows.

    Handle length is also a choice between 12" and 13". Again, it is a matter of personal preference, but "big" guys often prefer the 13" as the extra room on the handle affords more room to get your chest between your arms.

    The other options, like finger guards and a plastic coating on the line to guard against wear from the ski edge during deep water starts, all serve a purpose but to me just adds weight and clutter. Some device to keep your head from going through the handle V is a good idea, especially with a 13" handle. In NY, guards are required at most tournaments.

    Masterline also makes a fine product. ML offers some custom features like engraving your name on the handle. You won't go wrong choosing either.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
    Andre
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 479 Crazy Baller
    In years past I had the plastic put on my spectra In-Tow handles, but this year decided to try it without. Brenda said, she was glad I was going that route. It is nice knowing that she wants her skiers to have the best product and experience, not the few extra bucks for the add-ons.
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 937 Crazy Baller
    Just ordered a replacement for in-Tow spectra 13" 1.062. We got two years of use out of previous with wearing Kevlar gloves - only replacing because handle rubber is thinning. Spectra line doesn't look worn at all.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,335 Crazy Baller

    Little man casting his vote.
    Bulldogpgmoore
  • JoepruncJoeprunc Posts: 225 Baller
    US Gear Radius Spectra is my favorite handle. Call or email him and see what they have in stock. I was lucky enough to get the handle I wanted in 3 days.

    That Masterline Ergo handle looks very similar.
    MS
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,182 Mega Baller
    edited March 2016
    The real reason for using spectra for handles isn't weight or strength. It's because spectra is thin and makes a smaller knot when attached to a ski rope. This makes the rope a tiny bit longer without making the handle illegal when measured.
    www.FinWhispering.com ... because understanding is better than memorizing
    Than_BoganTexas6MSMattP
  • ChippaChippa Posts: 2 New Baller
    I bought an in-tow after research from BoS and it has been the best- Brenda was fantastic to deal with!
    Bill22
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 166 Baller
    edited April 2016
    I bought a US Gear last year and never see a reason to change. A real quality piece although that Masterline looks nice too.
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