The Counterpunch makes clipping trees less problematic by protecting the 5th digit and metacarpal from impact, greatly reducing the chance of a broken bone. The curved surface slides rather than grabs, making it less likely the bar will hang up and throw the rider. As soon as testing began, several riders reported improved control, and declared it the top reason to run them, which is something that typical MTB handguards don't offer.
WATCH THE COUNTERPUNCH STRIKING A TREE
Not just a slight clip, but a full on tree strike, on chunky bark The Counterpunch slides, not grabs. Saves a crash, saves your hand and maybe saves your season. People often ask why they don’t curve more over your pinky. It’s because they don’t need to; less is more.
Like to run the meat of your palm off the end of the bar? You know it puts you more at risk but control is more important than safety, right? The Counterpunch still allows you to do this comfortably and safely, even if you really like to hang it out.
By making the rubber eccentric to the bar, and strategically removing areas of the inner core, the LoamLab grip is a thin (29mm) lock-on with the comfort of a thick slide-on. This makes the top of the grip level from end to end, without a pressure point normally found on thin concentric grips. The cutaway core at the thumb creates a thicker flexible pad that absorbs vibration for better traction with less gripping force, and the uniform surface there makes gloveless riding comfortable. The LoamLab grip is also available in a Single Clamp version if the Counterpunch is not your style.
Mates perfectly with the LoamLab dual clamp grip. Also compatible with ODI dual clamp grips by replacing the outer lock ring with the Counterpunch. Or simply install it on the end of the bar with the open-end grip of your choice.
Counterpunch without grips: 68g per pair
Counterpunch with grips: 164g per pair
The Counterpunch™ has US and International Patents Pending
Great product. More importantly great support by the company.
Although I haven't had a tree strike since installing the counterpunch on my MTB, this item looks good, and seems extremely stiff and durable. I even went so far as to remove the moulded end caps from my grips to open the bar ends, to keep my kit as I please, and still use the product.
After many tree strikes and a broken finger from a large rock, I started looking into hand protection. I didn't feel handguards would be strong enough, so I chose the Counterpunch. I was hung up on the cost at first for a small item, but they are well made and work exactly as advertised. I have "tested" them twice and there is not a mark on the barends or myself.
I was skeptical that I would like the smaller grips as a larger guy (6' 1") but have found them great. The surprising bonus I have found with the counterpunch is the added sense of security. My hands feel locked into the cockpit and that they cant slip off (not that was ever a concern before), a sensation I know really like. Great product.
After first installing the grips and counterpunch, I was worried that I would notice the feeling of the protectors at the ends of my bar. I set them slightly down from horizontal as that felt best for me (least noticeable on the pinky finger). First ride - after a couple of minutes, I forgot they were there, which is great. Happy to have some protection for the inevitable bar strike.
The grips feel good, however they are a bit thin for my liking. I prefer meatier grips - personal preference.
Very happy with the purchase.