Sweaty palms have plagued every gamer at one time or another. There’s nothing worse than taking your hand off the controller just long enough to wipe the moisture away, only to catch a bullet in your pixelated face. You’ve more than likely blamed that “lucky shot” on anything but the fact that they caught you slipping (quite literally). The team over at SquidGrip have heard those desperate cries of frustration, probably made a few of those cries themselves, and made a product that fixes sweaty palms in the most comfortable and fashionable way they could manage.
What’s a SquidGrip? A SquidGrip is a peel and stick layer of comfortable goodness that you apply to your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 controller. It fits on any standard console controller, but you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle if you have a 3rd party control with different dimensions. The product provides a very thin padded surface that wraps easily around the controller’s shape. While application can be a bit tricky at first, the SquidGrip package comes with a helpful picture book to walk you through how to properly apply it. Personally, I botched the first one I put on, but I quickly discovered that it’s nothing that a little patience, while smoothing the SquidGrip, can’t correct. The product is not something you want to apply in a hurry. The best advice that can be given is to follow the directions provided. Otherwise you just have this oddly shaped sticky thing that doesn’t quite look like the shape of your controller.
What does it do that’s different from any other game accessory? Unlike a lot of controller add ons, the SquidGrip gives you something that enhances your gameplay experience without altering the size or weight of the control. The SquidGrip is anti-microbial which helps to wick away sweat. It keeps microorganisms from loitering around and turning into a nasty film on your controller. Even after hours of play, my hands and SquidGrip stayed moisture free just as it was advertised that they would. As an added bonus, they are latex free, so those with sensitive skin or a latex allergy have nothing to fear.
The SquidGrip sells for $14.99 per item and is absolutely a worthwhile investment. They come in a standard color of black, but for $2.99 more, you can choose a custom badge set to add a little pop of color and style to your purchase. The only downside is that the Grip itself is only available in black. While other color options would be nice, it should not be a deal breaker for any consumer.
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Summary: I recommend SquidGrips to any gamer who suffers from sweaty palms or plays for long hours. The product prevents sweat from ruining a killstreak, increases comfort, and does not change the over all feel of your control. The product performs exactly as advertised. It’s an accessory that makes sense and it’s almost shocking that something this great hasn’t come along sooner.