Those people that love a tacky grip should be excited just by the name of the Tourna Mega Tac! Of course, the name doesn’t always live up to the reality, as I recently found with the Volkl V-Tac Overgrip, but Tourna is a brand that normally delivers! The Tourna Original Overgrip has to be one of the best grips on the market, so I was interested to see how the Mega Tac performed.
I’m really not a fan of super tacky grips, so I had to approach this with an open mind and put myself in the shoes of someone who values tac over everything else. The Tourna Original is the go-to grip for people with sweaty hands, but I’m expecting the Mega Tac to appeal to quite a different audience.
I find that the tackier a grip is, the slicker it becomes when your hand starts to perspire, so I’m not expecting it to be quite so suitable for those of us with more sweaty hands. Instead, it should hopefully offer a little bit more comfort than the Tourna grip Original.
I’m all for comfort, but there must be a balance, so I was hoping that the Mega Tac would offer me a little bit of sweat absorption, as well as some comfort and lots of stickiness. As always, I find that the best way to test a grip is by getting into a good old-fashioned set. When the pressures on, and things get a bit tight, that’s exactly when you want to have confidence in your grip.
I removed my Wilson Pro Overgrip from my Pure Strike and set about the soothing process of gripping up with the Tourna Mega Tac, ready to put it through its paces. It soon became clear that Tourna aren’t kidding around when they call it the Mega Tac, it’s the tackiest grip I’ve tried yet. The question was, would this tackiness endanger my beloved Pure Strike and put it at risk of a trip down the court as my grip slipped from my hand?
Comfort – 7/10
If there’s one thing I don’t associate with Tourna grips, it’s comfort! In my mind, their overgrips are all about absorption and the no-slip effect. Unfortunately, the Tourna Original sacrifices greatly on comfort to ensure top of the market levels of absorption, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Mega Tac.
I’m not a big fan of the sticky feel from these grips, but once you get used to the tackiness, this is a pretty comfortable grip to play with. While it might be to some people’s liking, the Mega Tac felt a little bit thin for what I would normally enjoy playing with. I would probably fix this by putting another overgrip underneath it, probably not something as tacky, but just a regular overgrip.
The first few minutes of using this grip I found to be the least comfortable. It’s so tacky that it can get hard to switch between your forehand and backhand grip, but after a little playing, it settles into a much better level of tac. Once it’s settled down, the Mega Tac keeps its tac incredibly well. Tourna says it keeps its tac for up to 14 hours and I found it lived up to this.
If you enjoy a tacky feel from your grip, then you’ll probably find this grip extremely comfortable. For what I like, it lacked a little bit of the velvety soft feel of something like the Wilson Pro Overgrip or the Kirschbaum Touch It.
The grip offered pretty good comfort for such a tacky overgrip, but nothing mind blowing, therefore, 7 out of 10
Absorbency – 5/10
This is where I’m always going to have my problems with tacky grips. I don’t know if it’s just me, but when it’s hot outside and you’re playing some intense tennis, the tack just turns slick. When you’re deep into a match, and your hand gets a bit sweaty, the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether you’re going to hold onto your racket. That’s what I found with the Tourna Mega Tac.
There are obviously plenty of people out there who play with tacky grips, but I feel like they must have low levels of sweat (or a different kind of sweat). Anyway, I can’t imagine those players that rely on the Tourna Original to keep their racket safe switching to the Mega Tac.
Absorbency might not be my number 1 requirement from a grip, but it’s pretty high up there, and the Mega Tac’s performance in this category would rule it out as an option for me. My racket didn’t come out of my hand, but I certainly felt myself backing out of serves to try and avoid it.
I gave the Tourna Mega Tac a 5 out of 10 and would certainly warn anyone with very sweaty hands to be a bit mindful if they give this grip a try.
Thinness – 9/10
This grip is super thin, which gives you a lot of options. If you like the feeling of being super close to the handle, then you can have that. If you like a thicker grip, you can pad it out to get the exact feel you like.
For anyone that really enjoys an involved feel from their racket, this grip is a good option. It’s so thin that you can feel everything that’s going but still manages to absorb many of the vibrations. For others, who like a little bit more padding, you can add an extra overgrip underneath for a little bit more comfort.
I personally am in the second camp and would add an extra grip underneath just to try and absorb a few more shocks and vibrations. I don’t like the grip to be too rounded, but I’m not someone who needs to feel all the contours on the racket.
The Mega Tac is as thin a grip as you can ask for really, and I’ve given it a score of 9 out of 10. If your two main criteria for a grip are tacky and thin, then this should feature highly on your list of prospective grips.
Longevity – 9/10
As we mentioned, Tourna maintains that this grip will keep its tac for up to 14 hours. This doesn’t sound a lot, but by grip standards, it’s very impressive. Often when you use a tacky grip, you feel the tack wearing away in a matter of hours but that is not the case with the Mega Tac.
I kept this grip on for a week and found that throughout 10 or so hours of tennis the tac levels stayed pretty constant. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if the tac continued to the 14 hours Tourna says it can and that does mean this grip has excellent longevity.
Constantly replacing grips can be a very expensive business, so finding a grip that lasts can be a big bonus. This is another excellent characteristic of this grip and helps to put it firmly near the top of the list when it comes to high-tac grips.
I might not be a fan of the tacky grips, but there are people out there who love them. If that’s the case, then I would certainly recommend giving this racket a try. It’s the tackiest grip I’ve played with yet, and that tac stays intact for a long period of time.
I’ve given the Tourna Mega Tac a 9 out of 10 for longevity. For a tacky grip, it lasts a long time, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
Overall – 7.5/10
As tacky overgrips go, this is an excellent one. Unfortunately, I think it gets too slippery for the majority of people to play with. I guess with the Tourna Original, Tourna has the non-slip corner of the market taken care of, so the Mega Tac offers something slightly different. There are plenty of people out there who like playing with tacky grips, and I would highly recommend this one if that is the case.
While the absorbency with this grip might not be great, the thinness and longevity are excellent. Couple this with decent comfort, and you’ve got a pretty good grip. It’s never going to tempt me away from my Wilson Pro Overgrip and hasn’t convinced me of the merits of tacky grips, but, if any tacky grip was going to tempt me this would be the one.
The Tourna Mega Tac gets a 7.5 out of 10 overall from me, which is a pretty decent score. I always talk about there being two main grip options on the market, the Tourna for sweaty people and the Wilson for less sweaty people. Perhaps there is a third category: the tacky guys. If you are a tacky guy, then give this grip a test.
Review by: Will