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What makes a handle good.

Besides grip, what makes a handle good?
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  • ralral Posts: 1,708 Mega Baller
    Durability...
    Rodrigo Andai
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 302 Crazy Baller
    @MS DITTO.....
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    edited August 18
    @MS @bananaron. DITTO....What ever US Gear DID~!..... I guess there is no more US GEAR? ~~~> Their site is not working and I heard Randy Deyer is in poor health. Too bad he did not take my offer to teach me to build his handles but I really did not have anything to offer except for the fact we could have delivered handles faster and on time and build a better "No Noose" and keep his company/name out of the mud.

    ToddL
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 475 Crazy Baller
    I wish MasterLine would offer some type of a handle guard as a easy add-on option. Something more than just the little cross bars I've seen in the past.

    Personally I think that is one of the easiest safety improvements we as skiers can make to our gear.
    Dacon62
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 593 Crazy Baller
    I agree with @Horton. Masterline makes all there ropes in house using only material made in USA. So all aspects of the rope is tightly controlled to all specifications. There handles are also made to strict specs set forth by Masterline after may test compounds were tried and made in USA. Together you have a quality product that sets the bar pretty high for quality and durability.
    Horton
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,034
    US Gear is still taking orders, at least he was a couple of months ago. We ordered 4 handles and got them all.

    I would buy Masterline handles in the Ergo series if they offered different diameters; but, they don't and they indicated they wouldn't. US Gear offers any size diameter you request. They have some way of grinding the rubber down.
    Bob Grizzi
    The_MSMZito
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    edited August 18
    @BrennanKMN. Talking with Russle at Masterline circa 2015: "We as a handle manufacturer can/should not offer guards or we are admitting something is wrong with the handles" (which opens them up for lawsuits if someone gets hurt)
    @skibug WOW I was told they were defunked by 2 of the top manufacturers. Going to try to get a 13"..Thanks fo the input~!
  • dthatedthate Posts: 142 Baller
    Brenda makes a handle good. I mean great....
    ski6jonesWaterSkier12
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    Wish other would make them float~~~>
  • BrennanKMNBrennanKMN Posts: 475 Crazy Baller
    @Brewski That to me is like saying car manufactures cannot offer seatbelts because that would say something is wrong with their car.

    I understand Russels point, just unfortunate how that works. Lawsuits > innovation and safety.
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    @BrennanKMN Russle mentioned something about product liability insurance in the conversation but that was a few too many back barefoot falls ago to remember what it all entailed. 😂🦶🏼🤣👣
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 302 Crazy Baller
    I have ropes and handles from IN TOW and Brenda does a great job.I think they are excellent products.And yes us gear is still in business I recently got a handle from him.
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
    ALPJrBrewskiKRoundyJaredSmith
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 264 Solid Baller
    @Brewski

    I just got a handle from Randy a month ago. I talked to him on the phone and he was more than helpful. He did mention his website is old and not working. You need to call him directly.
    The_MS
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,225 Mega Baller
    If I buy a couple more I will be set for life. I got 3 years out of the one I just retired.
    Shut up and ski
    skihart
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,548 Mega Baller
    For those with small tears in the US Gear rubber there is a shrink wrap kit available made for fishing rods that I think will work well. Pretty tuff stuff. Will be testing shortly on one I have.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    MDB1056
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    @thager high performance shoe glue works great too. Masters cement or Jet Set
    thager
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,548 Mega Baller
    I have tried lots of glues, wetsuit cements etc. Doesn't last. I think this rubber shrink wrap will. Am putting right over repaired handle material then shrinking to fit.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    MDB1056
  • lakeside7455lakeside7455 Posts: 56 Baller
    Masterline rubber is best, doesn't wear out like other brands which is a big problem on others.
    dave2ball
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,225 Mega Baller
    edited August 21
    Worn out rubber not an issue
    Shut up and ski
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 302 Crazy Baller
    @Brewski How about the handle guard???Can you give us some input and info.
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,819 Mega Baller
    Six years old and still going strong!

    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
    BrewskiThe_MSballsohard
  • moskimoski Posts: 101 Baller
    Hi guys. Please educate me. What does the guard protect or prevent?
  • dvskierdvskier Posts: 498 Crazy Baller
    Getting your arm or head stuck in handle causing injury or death. It happens.
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    @moski what @dvskier said~!~
  • BrewskiBrewski Posts: 403 Crazy Baller
    edited August 21
    @ToddL wow it really does look like new still. Any one else still using their 6 year old "NO NOOSE" prototypes show some pix. The yellow one I made in 2014, still like brand new.........ski on----:~.~*~.~*~.~*~:---->
  • moskimoski Posts: 101 Baller
    @dvskier @Brewski Thank you guys.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 290 Crazy Baller
    Very happy with the handle Brenda made for me. Two years, lots of sets, still feels perfect in my hands.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,548 Mega Baller
    edited August 26
    Pic of Rubber shrink wrap over tear. Was first try with 30mm wrap. got better on other shrinks. 3 sets @ - 28 and -32 @34 today shows no wear. Little bit slippery but can be fixed roughing up with a fine sandpaper. Can buy rubber shrink wrap on evil pay. I
    s sold as a grip for fishing rods. Was about $8.00 for 39".
    Stir vigorously then leave!
    ballsohardMDB1056
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