Cascade Creek Yakgrips Comfort Kayak Paddle Grips, reviews, comments

Cascade Creek Yakgrips Comfort Kayak Paddle Grips

Just slide a pair of Yakgrips on to the shaft of your take apart paddle and experience all day comfort while paddling. These comfort paddle grips have the cushiest feel and follow the actual curve of your hands to reduce fatigue, prevent blisters and calluses. Yakgrips ease the pressure on your palms and tendons of your hands so you can get a good grip on you paddle for more efficient paddling. Yakgrips are easy to install. Just wet the inside of the Yakgrip and the paddle shaft with water and slide on. The inner gripping design will keep them where you put them. If you want to remove them just put water under them and on the paddle shaft and pull them off. Yakgrips can be left on the paddle - ready for your next journey.


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June, 2017 UPDATE. I ordered another set of these today and added three photos below to illustrate a point I'm trying to make with this update. The point is that these are very good for what they're designed to do, but they should be considered "expendable," not a life of the paddle purchase if you regularly paddle difficult waters where your grip on the paddle is very tight. The wear shown in my photos is what you'd expect after two full seasons of ocean and river paddling. One photo shows not only the typical wear on the nylon covering, but also typical deterioration of the neoprene rubber beneath it, the result of countless compressions and expansions within a very limited area. The paddle shaft is visible through one of the holes. Shoes wear out after heavy use, and so it is with these. I don't fault that. Think of the damage to my thumb and fingers if the grips were NOT there. I bought another set because, after reviewing all the alternatives, these are the best on the market. The wear is identical whether the grip is black or some other color.

Many reviewers complain that these "slip around" on the shaft. They do slip and that can't be stopped unless you securely tape them in place, as described in my June, 2015 review below. The photos show how they're taped. We don't buy these to accessorize the paddle, but rather to counter a specific problem ("paddler's thumb"), so the aesthetics of tape doesn't matter if tape is necessary to keep the grips where they belong. Having gone through four sets of these, I've tried everything (two-sided carpet tape, rubber cement, etc.) and nothing ultimately has worked for me other than the tape placements shown in the photos. If the grip slips only .001" with each stroke, after 1000 strokes the grip will have moved an inch. After 3000 strokes, three inches. The neoprene rubber "walks" an imperceptible amount with each stroke, but the strokes add-up. I recommend 3M "Tough" tape because it seems immune to UV sunlight damage, is easy to work with, and it removes easily after long outdoor use without leaving adhesive residue.

Below are my 2013 and 2015 reviews so you can see my thoughts on this product over time.

June, 2015 UPDATE: I rated these 5 stars when I last reviewed them, but I've reduced that to 3 based on my last pair. By now, I've had several pairs, purchased at different times over four years. The quality of manufacture has slipped, and the manufacturer seems to have listened too much to the whiners who complained that the split-shaft version was initially difficult to get onto the paddle shaft. Well, now they're loose enough to easily slip on, so easy that they slip around too much in use, making them useless as tactile reference points for where to keep your hands on the paddle. The newest ones move around and twist during each paddle stroke. You have no choice but to tape them as I suggested (below) in my original review. The second gripe is that the sewing of the seams on the newest model is poor, leaving a "lump" where there once was a flat seam. Yes, you can orient the grips to try to minimize the annoyance of the heavy ribbed seams, but it shouldn't be there to begin with. They should be sewn as they originally were, not as the new ones are. I'm going to check-out some of the generic knock-offs, which cost half what these do, in case the knock-offs still have some of the qualities these once had. For me, a pair lasts only one season before the rubber disintegrates at the pressure points, and before the thin nylon fabric covering begins to discolor badly and wear through.

I've used these extensively on my paddle with a straight carbon shaft on both the ocean and flat water, and I like them.
They aren't perfect, but I would never go back to a bare shaft. They help prevent paddler's thumb, which is the boney knot that develops on the inside of the thumb from holding the paddle shaft too tightly with your control hand. Yes, they do slip, but I stopped that with some of the new Scotch "Tough" outdoor, UV resistant duct tape. They do get wet and stay wet longer than a bare shaft, which is not a problem if you habitually wear neoprene gloves. A very slight amount of power is lost from each stroke in compressing the rubber grips, however with all those things admitted, they're still really nice to have and it's better to have them than not. You can also stop the slipping (as others have said) with a dab of silicon, or two sided carpet tape, or duct tape. The idea is to protect your hands, and these do that very well.

The first pair lasted for just about a 1000 miles of paddling and really helped with blisters. Plus I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so they made gripping the paddle much easier. As they wear out they do have a tendency to slip a little on the paddle, but that's when you know it's about time to get another pair.

I use a couple of drops of beard oil on the inside on these to help get them on the paddle. The beard oil dries quickly and doesn't leave any residue, so they still grip firmly. Just don't put them on the same day you are going paddling.

This was a good purchase and I recommend the grips. I was getting blisters on my thumbs when I paddled and also have arthritis in my hands, so wanted to try these paddle grips. I'm overall very happy with them. I no longer get blisters and my hands are much more comfortable when I paddle. The grips were also easy to install and dry pretty quickly when they get wet. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is the fact that they do move around a bit and have to be readjusted on a long paddle--not that they're constantly on the move, but (as would be expected since they are removable) do tend to creep down as you paddle. That was a minor inconvenience, however, given how effect they are in preventing blisters and providing hand comfort.

These are really nice, the only reason i give it 4 stars is because they are a little to thick for me and make the paddle feel a little weird to hold but i am sure i will get used to it. They are nice and soft, give a good grip, and seem to be well made, i included a couple photos of the stitching so you can see it. I have a 2 piece solo canoe paddle so i ordered the proper set, they can be pretty tough to get on, i almost wish i would of got the set for a 1 piece paddle because they use Velcro, the instructions say to wet the inside, well i soaked the whole thing in water and it went on a little easier. I would almost suggest applying a small drop of dish soap to the paddle shaft to make them slide a little easier.
But with a little patience they finally went on, worth the effort.
The color is really nice too, a great addition.

I bought these for my wife who was complaining about sore hands after kayaking. The grips are easy to install by slipping over the ends of the paddle after disconnecting the paddle in its middle. It did help to wet the grip to slide it over the paddle shaft. My wife's paddle is a little thinner than the "standard" paddle and the Yakgrip is kind of loose and tends to slip out of position with longer term paddling but my wife still likes it and it definitely has added comfort to her paddling. It would be nice if these were to come in a couple different sizes so they would fit the thinner paddle shaft a little better but I guess the price might be higher for a more custom fit. Would buy again.

These are awesome, I have had issues with blisters forming in the valley of my thumb and this helped immensely! I have large hands and I feel like it gives me a better grip. It might be a bit too large for someone with below average hand size, but that also depends on the size of your paddle shaft. I was nervous about them possible slipping but I have had no issues. I would recommend spending the $12 if you do paddling for any decent amount of time or have had any blistering issues. They also feel very durable, so I expect them to last for a long time.

These grips performed well in terms of reducing blisters on my hands. I went out one day with just one pad to see if there was a difference and there definitely was. Made for much more comfortable grips. I have a Caviness CavPro KPC which it fit nicely on. Even with my ergonomic grips, these made the paddle more comfortable. You WILL need to have a 2-piece paddle (comes apart in the middle) to install this variant. Although they sell the one with Velcro that comes apart in the middle (which I actually ordered but received this) that may work, you can't be sure that they will send that one unfortunately (maybe discontinued?).

HOWEVER, the grips did slide a little bit when wet, which is inevitable. And frankly it's impossible to say how much they will on your paddle because paddles vary greatly in material and shape. My paddle has a different material for the grips with a feel similar to graphite which these grips did hold on to well enough that it didn't bother me much. But with an aluminum paddle, or plastic, it may slip more. Can't really say. It IS rubberized on the inside of the grip so it's not neoprene all the way through, but when the rubber gets wet it's a little less grippy.

Overall I was satisfied with the product, it did what I'd hoped and it's not to expensive so if it doesn't stay in place on your paddle like you'd hoped, you can use tape/zip ties to tighten it or just let it go.

We kayak a lot and I always come home with raging blisters on my hands. These are a lifesaver! We were on the water for many hours the last 2 weekends and I don't have even the slightest hint of a blister even trying to form. I'll be buying some more of these before they get worn out. I am extremely happy with this purchase.

These grips make kayaking so much more enjoyable! They were incredibly difficult to get on my paddle, so my husband did it for me. I'm sure that's a good thing that they were difficult to get on, because they haven't really moved at all. It would be annoying if they were slipsliding around and constantly need adjusting. They stay in place for the most part and my hands no longer get blisters. I will not paddle again without having these!

We have used Yakgrips for a few years and recently bought our daughter a kayak. With out the yakgrips our hands get sore from paddling on a couple hour trip. These are on all our kayak paddles now. I like the variety of colors they come in also. I can keep track of who's paddle it is by the color of the Yakgrips. They fit snug so they don't slip up and down on the paddle while in use which is great. This is a must have accessory for our kayaks for my family.

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Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. Those with a solid paddle order the grips that are non-take apart, and they will come
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This simple, light weight product will greatly improve your paddling experience.
Available for take apart and solid shaft paddles.
Easy to install or remove.
Prevents blisters and calluses.Reduce fatigue on long paddling trips.
Gives you a better grip for more
Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. These simple but ingenious devices are easy to install or remove. Some paddlers will deny
Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. These simple but ingenious devices are easy to install or remove. Some paddlers will deny
Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. These simple but ingenious devices are easy to install or remove. Some paddlers will deny
Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. These simple but ingenious devices are easy to install or remove. Some paddlers will deny
Yakgrips are great new paddling accessory. These simple, light weight additions to your favorite paddle will greatly improve your paddling experience. They are available for take apart and solid shaft paddles. These simple but ingenious devices are easy to install or remove. Some paddlers will deny
Dress up your paddle with Cascade Creek Yakgrips and increases the comfort and grip available to your hands.
The Yakgrips SUP grip easily attaches to any one-piece, two-piece or 4-piece SUP paddle to provide a cushioned grip that feels great. This neoprene paddle grip reduces hand fatigue while out paddling and relieves stress and hands and tendons.
Contains two Black ~6" grips to assist with hand placement & comfort Perfect for Kayaking, Canoeing, and other water sport paddles with 1”-1 1/8” shaft diameter This paddle accessory provides more efficient paddling and helps to prevent blisters and calluses Grips have thousands of tiny, soft,