Tilt has recently been coming out with all the small hard goods necessary for a scooter. Headsets, bearings, and now grips. This review is going to be based off of my opinion and my personal wear habits on grips, so donʼt let this sway you, but merely enlighten you on one person’s perspective of the grips.
Up until now there wasnʼt a grip that was made by a scooter company that looked rideable to me. Ethic grips were too wide and fat, Raptor grips were too fat, so I just stuck with soft ODI long necks. It seems like most companies tactic to compensate for wear just make the grip fatter so it takes more time to wear it down. This method makes for an uncomfortable grip that is too thick. I have ridden pairs of soft ODIʼs and after a year, they show no signs of wear. I know some people that tear through grips and I am not one of them. Because of this, I am looking for a grip that is more oriented towards comfort and less towards durability.
The Tilt grips material gets thicker near the thumb location. This is the main place that grips always wear down, so Collin Snoek finally was the one to compensate for it.
The Tilt grips material gets thicker near the thumb location. This is the main place that grips always wear down, so Collin Snoek finally was the one to compensate for it. The width of the ribs is thicker and the diameter of the grip in that location. As it starts going towards the end of the bars it turns into a pattern almost identical to an ODI. The thumb area is the most critical because this is where the most clamping power from your hand is when you create a full circle of gripping power with your thumb and pointer finger.
After riding these grips for a couple sessions I have determined for me, the thumb reinforcement is not as comfortable as soft ODIʼs. I donʼt wear out grips so I have no need for the reinforcement, it only makes it less comfortable. My hands get sweaty and slide around on the grips because of the hardness. If the material all around was as soft as soft ODIʼs, that would be good. Or, if the thumb segment was kept the same hardness, but more spacing was added between the ribs it would have the illusion of being softer because the ribs would have more space to bend side to side. The hardness of the grip would still be there, so the wear and tear would still not be wearing down the material.
Some riders however may be looking for a durable grip and this is perfect for it. Reinforcement where reinforcement is needed and then slimmed down where itʼs not needed. Because of my wear habits on grips I can see this grip lasting me two years or more, which is a good investment when you are only paying twelve dollars. I am going to keep riding them and I am sure in a couple months they will soften to a proper density.
As for the final judgement I still prefer soft ODIʼs over these, but I can sacrifice a little comfort to be riding scooter company grips made for scootering, instead of riding BMX grips that scooter riders put on their scooter.
Hardness 70%: Not the softest grips on the market, but they wear down after a couple months. Durability 100%: These grips are not wearing down anytime soon. Dimensions 100%: Not too wide and not too skinny. These wonʼt have you doing cheater bar spins grabbing near the middle of the bars. I put mine on with an air compressor while holding one end still on the bars, I stretched them out to my width preference, then dropped them down. Overall 70%: These grips will last a long time so itʼs the best twelve dollars out of all the grips on the market to spend. Go out and ride your scooter to soften them.