Masterline Handle Guard - unboxing

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  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 950 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Cool product.

    But the comments at the end have me really intrigued.

    I switch from a large diameter to a less large diameter a few years ago and have liked it better. The switch also came with moving from straight to arc, so I wasn't very scientific about keeping it down to 1 variable at a time.

    Also, is Horton suggesting that switching it up will help keep the blisters away?
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 803 Mega Baller
    @escmanaze Horton is suggesting that switching handle diameters will alleviate pain in the tendons by changing the grip position of your hand slightly.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,648 Administrator
    I'm saying that using using a larger diameter handle in general will be easier on your hands. I am also saying that using different diameter handles may alleviate some tendon inflammation issues.

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  • SlalomSteveSlalomSteve Posts: 197 Baller
    I find a smaller handle is easier on the hands, you don't have to overgrip and the handle can sit more in your fingers rather than ripping on the top of your palms.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,648 Administrator
    edited July 30

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  • Spencer_ShultzSpencer_Shultz Posts: 48 Baller
    Super solid handle guard! Thanks for rocking one @Horton 👊🏻💥
  • slowslow Posts: 566 Crazy Baller
    Excellent
  • SlalomSteveSlalomSteve Posts: 197 Baller
    edited July 30
    @Horton lol, well I guess I actually shouldn't talk - I haven't tried a bunch of different diameters and only been seriously skiing about 3 years, but I almost never have issues with blisters or callouses on my .940. I have smallish hands (wear small gloves) and even shorter pinkie fingers (seriously, it's weird, I've got extra long thumbs and extra short pinkies). So on handles over 1", in order to actually get my fingers around it, the handle ends up sitting more in my palm than in my fingers, which seems to create more friction/pulling on the skin of the palms and more blister issues.
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  • powbmpspowbmps Posts: 142 Baller
    In regard to the handle guard, three out of four people in our group have these, and not once has one pulled off the handle. The Velcro setup works great.

    Previously we all used zip-tied guards and were constantly replacing ties when the guard would partially rip off.
  • whitem71whitem71 Posts: 71 Baller
    edited August 1
    This version 2 is way better than the first one Masterline produced, which featured neoprene wraps and so tended to rip and tear after light use. Especially so when the handle drags through the water if a skiers falls / on drop off to the dock.

    Btw I’m with @SlalomSteve with smaller diameter handles (I’m on a 1.00) but I guess it all depends how big your hands are. I use small HO Legend gloves.
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 563 Open or Level 9 Skier
    edited August 2
    Yeah bigger handles are definitely better for your hands, otherwise you're over-gripping and your palm is rotating and twisting more. When I was younger I started with a 1.00inch diameter handle and over the years have gone to a bigger diameter. I just went from a 1.030 to a 1.092. Kicking myself; I wish I would of done it years ago. I know some of my friends who are top level skiers that use the biggest diameter handle available, and have said in passing if they made bigger ones they would use them.
    Horton
  • leftylefty Posts: 31 Baller
    Mildly off topic however if anyone reading this thread is considering a guard-was on the fence about handle guards until this season. Using a different version since May and don’t notice it being there. Then this happened mid season to a ski friend-a close call!
    Very happy to have it on now and after seeing this crash would be nervous not skiing with one. Another ski buddy has the ML one and likes it.
  • NikolGNikolG Posts: 151 Solid Baller


    Incredible OM skier Aaron Davies just snapped his ulna, radius and the handle. 😭 His advice: “All I can say is
    consider buying a handle guard as your
    next purchase”
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 1,155 Crazy Baller
    Dont be a test dumbing get some kind of handle guard

    It will never happen to me was my thoughts 2yrs ago

    Lucky to be back at it hitting the blue line daily :)

    I prefer hard plastic it will defect not conform to heads or body parts

    But any guard is better than none IMO

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