Squidgrip, founded 4 years ago in the US, make a series of self-applied grips for console controllers. Initially producing them for the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers, they’ve recently announced versions for Xbox One and PS4.
The selling point of these products is their “water wicking” ability – i.e. the ability to push sweat away from the palm so your grip remains firm. The actual grip itself is padded with a textured feel and is antibacterial.
As a PS4 owner I was keen to try it and purchased one from Amazon for £11.90. What you get is a stiff cardboard envelope – inside are instructions (written and pictorial), stickers and the grip itself, provided flat with a paper backing.
Peel off the backing paper and wrap the grip around the controller – the instructions show you how. It’s not too difficult to do – however you may get it wrong and I found a couple of times I had to unpeel the grip and re-apply it. After that I left the controller for a few hours. Returning to it some of the edges had come unstuck (grrrr). I suspect this was due to my re-sticking exercise but aren’t sure – the instructions don’t say what to do if you go wrong and, equally, what to do if you get such unsticking issues. I should maybe too have spent some time after applications pressing the grip down firmly to ensure a good adhesion. Anyway I did this and it seemed okay for the rest of the day. That was yesterday – I’ll see how it is when I return to it later today. At the very least some further details in the instructions of what to do when things go wrong would be appreciated (even the website FAQ doesn’t cover this area).
Theoretically the grips should wrap around and the edges meet – I suspect most won’t find this unless they managed to apply it 100% correctly in the first place. Thankfully any gaps are outside of the range of where you hold it so won’t be noticeable.
One final thing to note about the fitting is that the grip ended up too far up the front of the raised circular areas that are home to the directional and PS buttons – when pressing the bottom of these buttons the grip gets in the way a little. If you look at the images below you’ll see this isn’t the issue – as far as I can tell I fitted the grip according to the instructions but this definitely shows it nowhere close to the edges of this raised area. It’s not a great issue at all but worthy of noting.
I also mentioned stickers – you can’t go wrong with stickers. The grip has some concave sections where provided Squidgrip stickers can be placed. They don’t have to, though, if you don’t want to. You also get an adhesive paper Squidgrip sticker to place wherever you wish and show off your purchase – the side of your console, for instance?
In use, they were excellent – I’m not a sweaty person so the water “wicking” ability wasn’t ably demonstrated but I certainly had a lot more grip and felt more confident holding the Dualshock. However, here’s a demonstration from Squidgrip of its “wicking”, using a PS3 controller…
You only get a grip for one controller in the pack. With many people owning two controllers it might be beneficial for Quidgrip to also produce a twin pack – buying two would be quite expensive but such a twin pack at a lesser price might certainly tempt me to buy.
These really do what they’re meant to do – provide a sweat-free grip for your controller. They look good too and the cost is reasonable.
The only downsides are the lack of detail in what to do if things go a little “pear shaped” (it happens and it’s always worth acknowledging) and the trickiness in getting that fit spot on (as I say it’s easy to apply, just tricky to get it 100%).
If you’re a serious gamer (or just have very sweaty palms) then I’d say these are a must.
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