I have the Van der waal grip. Applied it to a foil board. Its unfortunately not met my hopes and isn't as sure underfoot as regular deckpads. Note than I'm testing with booties on so it may be a lot better with bare feet.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:44 pmAs long as it is totally, or almost clear, that is the whole idea - normal grip decks cost nothing, so not an issue....
The Hexatraction are not expensive, nor cheap, and works great.
But not super grippy, so perfect for hydrofoils, but might be too little for other boards
Thus which other types are good?
As mentioned, in "words" Van Der Waal are maybe better, soft and more grippy?
But words can be lies - what do those of you using these say?
How grippy, and how transparent?
Transparency is the target of this thread.
How does the cost compare to Hexa?
The tpu costs 25 bucks for 500g. Each pad is 10g. So that's 50 cents a pad. I need 14 for a board. So 7 $. But, the expense is the double stick tape!!. 3M must be making billions on it.
Cork + CNC router could produce the ultimate deck pad. I wonder if using epoxy is better than contact cement? And if a vacuum setup is really necessary to do the pad?TomW wrote: 3mm cork costs me 12 $ a board. Could get to 6$ if I buy 2mm from builders store. If I use epoxy to glue it down, let's say I use 5$ of vacuum bag consumables and 0,5$ epoxy. So I can do cork for 11,50-17,50. And it's like 10 times less work than printed pads.
And especially considering the time costs of chasing alternatives.TomW wrote: Admittedly, the hexa traction is priced at a level that's reasonable if you figure in they have to make money.
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