Grip

Everybody needs a little help from time to time, especially when they are trying to hang upside down from a pole by one knee. Grip can be your best friend when you are trying stay on the pole, but which grip is right for you? There are a variety of choices when it comes to selecting a grip product. To get you started in making a choice, I have reviewed a few of the more popular products.

Dry Hands

This is a solid all-round product. It works on your hands, thighs, feet, arms, pretty much anywhere you want to put it. It is easy to apply and effective in most temperatures. It does need to be reapplied regularly if you want it to keep working. However, if you use too much it can become slippery, so less is more with this product.
*Rating: 3/5 – Good multi-purpose product, but it has its limitations.

iTAC2 Stick It Regular Strength

I tried the roll-on stick version of this product, which I loved. It made applying the waxy substance so easy. Unfortunately, that was its only good quality. I found it to be very slippery. In fact, I slid right off the pole. I have heard that people who like a weaker grip find this product to be helpful, but I definitely did not.
*Rating: 1/5 – I liked the roll-on option, but the product is not great

iTAC2 Extra Strength

I like a strong grip, and this product really delivers. It’s a bit slippery when used on hands, but it is fantastic for thighs, arms and other body parts. If you apply just a little bit of this to your thighs and mount the pole, you will not move an inch. The version I tried of this product came in a pot, so it was a bit tricky to apply without getting it on my hands. My instructor suggested using the back of a fingernail to scoop out and apply, and this worked really well. Also, you only need a tiny bit so even a small pot should last a long time.
*Rating: 4/5 – Great if you like a really solid grip, just don’t use it on your hands

Mighty Grip

I was a bit sceptical about this one, because I didn’t think a powder would be useful to help grip. Boy, was I wrong! This product is fantastic. Sprinkle a little in your hands and rub together until the powder disappears and your hands feel tacky. Then you are good to go. I found I only needed to apply this once and it lasted for an hour. It is also good on other areas of your body, but can be a bit tricky to apply. If you do aerials, this product works great on silks too. My whole aerials class use it now. Mighty Grip is definitely my favourite product now.
*Rating: 5/5 – Buy it now. Put it everywhere.

Written by Larissa