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Tool/Accessory Review


Get a “Trigger Happy” Grip on your Casting and Spinning Rigs (continued)

Price and Applications: The Trigger Happy Comfort Grips are a simple yet clever product that is designed to address a problem. The question is how big of a “problem” is reel seat discomfort? The more hours you spend on the water the more likely you are to be attracted to this product. The casual angler will probably never have complained about the reel seat causing too much discomfort, and certainly not enough to warrant the cost of an additional accessory. A tournament angler on the other hand is much more likely to look at an accessory like this, especially if they feel it adds comfort and keeps them focused on fishing versus having to even waste a single second concerned with their raw feeling hands.


The casting version feels natural and comfortable

The Trigger Happy Comfort Grips retail for a reasonable price of only $5.99 for a pack of two. The original, new casting model with ring and spinning versions all cost the same. Between the original casting version and the new one we would go with the newer version as we like how the circular appendage holds the grip firmly in place. The casting model is also easy to transfer from one rod to the next but we feel they are affordable enough that most anglers will simply outfit their favorite rods if they like the way the product feels and performs. The spinning version on the other hand is a bit more difficult to transfer from one reel to the next and you’re better off just leaving it on the spinning reel you enjoy fishing the most. The Trigger Happy Comfort Grips are also available in a range of colors though the most popular are most likely going to be the basic black or clear patterns. One cool option is that the company does offer special order colors with the minimum purchase of only 4 and a $2.00 additional charge.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Trigger Happy Comfort Grip Casting and Spinning Ratings (?/10) - Varying Spinning Scores in (X)

Construction/Quality Simple construction that is a little rough but gets the job done. The molds leave a few tags here and there but once the product is stretched out onto your rod or reel the imperfections become less noticeable 8
Performance The new casting version is a nice upgrade over the original and is both easy to install and keeps the grip fixed on point, providing a comfortable grip on both small and large triggers. The spinning version is not nearly as easy to install and we had mixed feelings about how natural it felt between our fingers as it added noticeable width to the support arm. Some anglers will love it, others will find it feels unnatural 8 (6)
Price A "great" price for this ergonomic rod and reel accessory 8.5
Features The new casting model sports the ring appendage and some of the new grip surfaces are nice additions. We like the casting model over the spinning version both in features and ease of deployment 8 (7)
Design (Ergonomics) The casting version feels much more natural to us but both provide an extra cushion for those anglers that feel discomfort due to gripping casting triggers or the center support arm on their spinning reels, the latter of which is much less of an issue for most bass anglers as the support arm is not necessarily the only pain point 8 (6)
Application Though simple these cleverly designed products are good for applications that require aggressive and extended fishing conditions. We like how the casting version is easy to transfer from one rod to the next and overall found the casting version more useful for reaction bait fishing and big baits while the spinning version added less benefit, especially when finesse fishing with spinning gear which doesn't put nearly as much pressure on your hands 8 (6)

THCG Casting Total Score

8.08

THCG Spinning Total Score

6.91
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

THCG Casting Version Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Easy to install on most rods - Not all anglers have this discomfort issue to address
+ Provides a comfortable surface, especially when working reaction baits or big baits - Not the most attractive addition to high end rigs
+ New loop appendage adds extra comfort and security  
+ Provides a nice tactile grip  
+ Does indeed reduce finger and hand discomfort from extended tight grip on rod triggers  

 

THCG Spinning Version Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ If the support arm bothers you on spinning reels this product can help mitigate the stress between fingers - Not all anglers have this discomfort issue to address
+ Provides a nice tactile grip - Not the most attractive addition to high end reels
  - Not as easy to install or switch from outfit to outfit as the casting version
  - Questionable ergonomics for some, can feel unnaturally thick on reel support arm at times

Conclusion: Loren Jenkins, the owner and inventor of Trigger Happy Comfort Grips has created a clever accessory product that delivers when it comes to providing a comfortable buffer from the hard plastic triggers found on most casting rods. The new casting version adds extra security and keeps the grip firmly in place when making cast after cast. The spinning version was somewhat of a mixed bag for us, and depending on your fishing preferences your either going to love it or feel like it just feels foreign affixed to the support arm of your favorite spinning reel.


The ring appendage does a good job keeping the grip in place over extended casts

I also can’t imagine too many enthusiast anglers strapping the Trigger Happy Comfort Grips over their exotic looking or painted reel seats, as the product is arguably not the most attractive looking addition to your combo. But as the name implies this product is all about “comfort” and for those anglers that are prioritizing function over form, the casting version does indeed help relieve both hand and finger pain from constant grip pressure.


The new Trigger Happy Comfort Grip casting model is both easy to install and provides additional ergonomic comfort when working reaction baits or fishing over extended periods

The heavier the lure or the more aggressive the fishing technique the more you will appreciate this product. If you are an angler that has experienced hand and finger discomfort as a result of fishing all those long hours then get a “Grip,” the THCG casting grips only take a few seconds to install and will have you feeling “Trigger Happy” in no time.

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