Karakal PU Super Grip Review

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Karakal PU Super Grip

In my opinion, a good badminton grip is as vital as a quality racket, especially in high-intensity sports like badminton where quick grip changes are a constant occurrence. I have found that changing my grip can instantly improve my game and I always come away thinking “Why didn’t I change this sooner?!”.

Here, we review the Karakal PU Super Grip, which strikes an ideal balance between comfort and tackiness.

Karakal PU Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Ideal For - Everyone

Pros

Cons

The Karakal PU Super Grip is a popular choice among badminton players. In fact, it is one of the go-to grips for all racket sports players.

With over 28 years of evolution, it’s now equipped with Karakal’s SRF Surface and ‘Nano’ particles for durability and enhanced gripping power.

This replacement grip is a top choice for badminton players, and topped the charts in our tests against the best grips around, due to its super absorbent, tacky, and long-lasting qualities. To see how it stacks up against the others, check out our other article Best Badminton Grips.

If you want more general information about grips, check out our article Everything You Need To Know About Badminton Grips.

Let’s see how we ranked the Karakal PU Super Grip after our in-house tests. All the grips we talk about have been bought, tried, tested, and scored out of 10 in each of our 7 categories to give you the best information for picking your next grip.

Tackiness - 8/10

What we thought

  • Very Tacky
  • Good Grip

We have high praise for the Karakal PU Super Grip for its ability to provide a secure and non-slip grip on the racket handle, even during intense gameplay. The tackiness of the grip is a crucial factor for players in maintaining control and making precise shots, especially in badminton.

The Test

To determine how tacky (or grippy) the grips were, we had one person hold the racket on the grip side and the other person try to pull the racket out of their hand. Depending on how easy it was for the person holding the grip to hold onto the racket determined the tackiness score of the grip.

Testing the tackiness of the Karakal PU Super Grip

Comfort - 8/10

What we thought

  • Very comfy
  • Good padding
  • Perfect thickness

As we have seen, the performance of this grip is fantastic. But we are happy to say that comfort hasn’t been neglected either. Comfy to hold, it has good padding as the grip’s polyurethane material provides a cushioned and soft texture that is comfortable to hold.

The Test

After re-griping the racket the team each held the racket and ranked how comfy the grip was to hold.

Karakal PU Super Grip on a racket

Durability - 9/10

What we thought

  • Long Lasting
  • Remained Tacky
  • Durable

We found that the Karakal PU Super Grip showed limited wear after the test, demonstrating the durability that it is well known for, which is a significant advantage for players. This durability means that the Karakal PU Super Grip will last longer compared to some of the other grips we tested, reducing the need for frequent replacements. This can be a cost-effective choice for players in the long run.

The Test

To test the durability of the grip, we used an exfoliating glove as an accelerated stress test, rubbed the grip for 30 seconds, and ranked them based on the amount of wear we saw on the grips.

Testing the durability of the Karakal PU Super Grip

Style - 10/10

What we thought

  • Endless Colours
  • Different Styles
  • Perfect for Fashionistas

Not only is it amazingly functional, but one of the standout features of the Karakal PU Super Grip is its style, with a seemingly endless number of colors and patterns that are rivaled by none.

The Test

We ranked each grip from 2 to 10 based on the number of available colors and patterns that can be purchased for that grip.

Karakal PU Super Grip

Absorbency - 7/10

What we thought

  • Good Absorbancy
  • Good for Sweaty Hands
  • Tacky When Wet

The grip’s ability to absorb sweat is highly appreciated, especially as badminton is a high-intensity sport. We found that it kept our hand dry and we were able to maintain a secure hold even when wet, our simulated sweaty conditions.

The Test

To test the absorbency of each group, we first put our hand in a bowl of water and gave it a shake-off to give a level of wetness to the hand that would simulate sweating. We then tested how this simulated sweat affect the grip.

Testing the absorbancy of the Karakal PU Super Grip

Ease of Regrip - 8/10

What we thought

  • Easy to regrip
  • No instruction for single-grip
  • Speed – 1 min 22 sec

We found that the Karakal PU Super Grip was easy to regrip. Even though the single grip didn’t have instructions, it does indicate on the grip where to start. It was the third fastest out of all the grips to regrip in our speed trial.

The Test

To determine how easy it is to regrip a racket using each grip, we took into consideration two factors. 

1) Whether or not instructions were provided when purchased and 

2) We performed a speed test to see how fast we could regrip a racket.

Price - 8/10

What we thought

  • Good Value
  • Price Ranges
  • Pay More for Style

We found that the price of the Karakal PU Super Grip ranges depending on the color and style. Starting from as low as around £2.50 in bulk to £10 for an individual grip in a specific style. The price works out to be mid-range but you do pay for the more expansive color range. Nevertheless, we feel that what you get for the price is definitely worth it.

The Test

As for price, we considered the actual price of one grip and the value of buying the grip in bulk. Then using these prices and by taking into consideration the scores of each category, we scored each grip on whether it was good value or not.

Karakal PU Top Trump Card - A Top Trump Style card to compare the categories we have ranked each grip

Overall - 58/70

Karakal PU Super Grip

Karakal PU Super grip

The Karakal PU Super Grip proved to be the best grip we tested for badminton players, offering a balance of comfort and grip that can elevate your game. In our tests, it outperformed many other grips, excelling in tackiness, comfort, and durability.

The grip provides a secure and non-slip hold during intense gameplay, a crucial factor for making precise shots in badminton. It’s also remarkably comfortable, with good padding and a cushioned texture. The durability is evident, showing limited wear even after a rigorous test.

Style-conscious players will love the extensive color and pattern choices, while the grip’s ability to absorb sweat and maintain a secure hold in wet conditions is highly appreciated.

Regripping is straightforward, and its price, ranging from budget-friendly to style-oriented, offers good value.

In summary, the Karakal PU Super Grip impresses in multiple aspects, making it a top choice for badminton players

If you want to see how it stacks up against the other grips we tested, check out our article Best Badminton Grips.

Is this your next grip?

Other Karakal Options

Here are some of the other options that Karakal has on offer.

Karakal X-Tak Overwrap Grip

Karakal PU Super Grip Duo

Karakal PU AIR Grip

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