It’s been a while since I did a grip test, I mean, I play with the Wilson Pro Overgrip, so really there’s not much need to be testing out new grips! Anyway, I put the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip on for a week or so just to see what other options were out there.
I actually wasn’t aware that Luxilon made grips. They’re one of the most respected names in tennis strings, so I was interested to see if they could pull off a good grip. Luxilon certainly big this product up on their website, promising “revolutionary Soft-Touch fabric and Moisture-Tack technology that deliver comfortable feel and increased tackiness as you sweat. Ideal for humid conditions or for players looking for enhanced grip.”
It always worries me when companies promise a lot about their grips. When you read this you get the idea of a grip that’s as comfortable as a Wilson Pro Overgrip with the sticking power of the Tourna Original, but as far as I’m aware, that doesn’t exist (isn’t possible).
Of course, I’d love to believe the hype! But before I did that, it was time to put the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip through a thorough playtest. Just so you’ve got some kind of reference point, I’d say I’m on the lower end of the sweaty hand scale (4/10), so for me, comfort comes first, followed by absorption and non-slip.
I always enjoy doing the grip playtests because they’re much more clear cut than racket playtests. With a racket you’ll find there are many components, some you like, other’s you don’t like, but with grips it seems to be much more all or nothing. Either it’s a great grip or it’s a lose your racket down the other end of the court grip.
That’s the thing with grips, they’re a small item, but they can really cost you if you don’t have the right one, both in performance and in the wallet! That’s why we like to do a nice playtest with lots of different grips, and that’s exactly what we did with the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip.
Comfort – 6/10
On first inspection, the Luxilon Elite Dry looks great. The material is soft, velvety even, and it does feel extremely comfortable in your hand. When you get to the courts and you pull it out of your bag, you’re still thinking “this feels great.” 15 minutes into your session, you’re still thinking “this feels lovely.” But then after about 30 minutes, the grip seems to hit a wall and fall off a cliff at the same time.
I probably shouldn’t have put comfort as the first heading on this review because I’m going to give everything away in the first paragraph.
Essentially, after a minimal amount of medium intensity tennis, the Luxilon Elite Dry was done. There was no sweat absorption to talk about, the tac turned into a slip and slide, and it wasn’t long before it started to unravel.
It might be a bit harsh to say it was “done” because after 24hrs without use, it had had a chance to dry out, and it did come back with some decent performance for 15 minutes or so, but each day I came back, the good performance window shrank a little more.
Anyway, you get the picture, a grip that’s damp, slippery, and unraveling isn’t very comfortable. Unfortunately, that earns the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip a lowly 6 out of 10 for comfort. I love to make fun of how uncomfortable the Tourna Original grips are, so I’ll say the two are about on a par.
Absorbency – 4/10
I’m always wary of the term tack. To me, tacky grips tend to get damp quite quickly and then that same tack that’s supposed to keep the racket in your hand turns into liquid ice. The Luxilon Elite Dry didn’t do a very good job absorbing sweat so most of this playtest was spent trying to hold onto liquid ice.
As I said earlier, grips either seem to hit the nail on the head, or they hit your racket on the floor, and for me, this grip was the latter. Perhaps if you have extremely low levels of sweat then this grip might be quite nice, but I don’t feel like my hands get that sweaty and the Luxilon still couldn’t handle it.
I certainly wouldn’t be recommending this grip to anyone who has very sweaty hands as I’d pretty much have to send them a $200 refund for the racket they’d be about to break. I don’t want to be boring, but if you are that sweaty hand guy, just go for the Tourna Original. You’ll always be wondering if you can find a more comfortable grip with the same non-slip effect, but you’re not going to find that kind of grip elsewhere.
You can probably see where this review is going! I gave the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip a 4 out of 10 for absorbency.
Thinness – 8/10
One area where you can’t be too disappointed with the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip. This grip has a pretty standard thickness for an overgrip, which gives you plenty of options.
If you’re somebody who likes to feel super close to the racket then the Elite Dry is thin enough to do that, and likewise, if you want to build your grip out a bit then you can add a couple on top of each other.
I’ve not really considered this in the thinness score, but for a grip that’s not uber thin, it does seem to unravel and deteriorate a great deal during play. It wasn’t long before I was experiencing significant wear and tear.
Not the thinnest grip out there, but certainly not the thickest, I actually quite liked this aspect of the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip. I gave it an 8 out of 10 for thinness.
Longevity – 3/10
The longevity was almost non-existent. I’m not someone who changes my grips that often, but I had to put a new grip on after about 3 and a half hours of tennis with the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip.
This just wasn’t what I was expecting from a great company like Luxilon. I know grips aren’t their main thing, but why bother making grips when you’re so successful with the strings? Hopefully, they might make improvements with this product in the future and produce a grip that reflects the high quality that Luxilon is known for.
There must be some people out there who like this grip, but I certainly didn’t and I can’t think of many people I know who would.
The Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip gets a 3 out of 10 for longevity from me. It simply didn’t last long enough.
Overall – 5/10
However, there are people out there who don’t like either of those grips, and there are plenty of other good grips to look at. In my opinion, the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip is not one of those though, and Luxilon has a lot of improvements to make on this product.
This grip didn’t meet my expectations for comfort, absorbency, or longevity, and I was quite relieved to get back to my regular grip. I was quite disappointed by this playtest because I know from using their strings that Luxilon (Alu Power, Big Banger) is a great company, but on this occasion, things didn’t quite work out.
Overall, the Luxilon Elite Dry Overgrip got a 5 out of 10 from me. It’s certainly not a grip I’d recommend.
Review by: Will