If you follow anything I post online. You know that there are a few products that I have gotten the opportunity to try since doing this self-proclaimed “YouTube” thing, and that I’ve fallen in love with. Bauer sticks, TRUE/VH skates, and Buttendz grips.
How I Got Hooked
I got approached by Buttendz to try out their Sentry in the fall of 2016 and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve tried every grip they offer on the market today and am currently testing their brand-new Future grip which will launch in a few weeks. I’ll touch on the future grip in another review article but in this one I want to focus on the entire Buttendz lineup
So basically, in a nutshell, Buttendz are grips for the shaft of your stick that last WAY longer than tape, save money vs tape over the long term, are more consistent than weekly tape jobs and they enable me to be lazy and not tape my shaft for months on end. It also doesn’t hurt that they are incredible stylish.
Price and Value
For 40 bucks (which may seem steep at first glance) you’re getting one of, if not the best bang for your buck hockey accessory on the market in my opinion. The grips vary slightly (all have the signature tilling texture) but the feedback and performance perks will change your game. My puck handling has never been better, and I will NEVER go back to regular tape as long as Buttendz is creating products. As mentioned the grips vary in texture and feel. Here is my breakdown of them.
1 Sentry: Goalie specific with a large knob
2 Twirl: Patrick Kane esc “twirl” tape job with thin knob
3 Flux: Large knob player style grip
4 Fusion: Smaller knob player style grip
Application is super simple. Each grip purchase comes with some adhesive to get the grip on your stick. I just call it Buttendz Lube. I spray the inside of my grip and shaft of my stick, twist it on and boom. We are all good to go.
How I Mod Mine
In the last 8 months or so I’ve started doing what I call a “Franken-grip. It’s essentially a Frankenstein grip where I cut off the knob from a Buttendz Sentry Grip and apply that with the shaft grip area of a Twirl or Flux grip. I do this simply because I like the twirl grip best but love the large goalie knob. I also love to try to copy the aesthetics Jonathan Quick has on his tape job where his knob is white, and grip is grey. I loved the look of that and that is what I strive for every time I “franken-grip” my stick
So that’s my take on the Buttendz grips. I can’t stress HOW MUCH I LOVE THESE THINGS. Worth every penny and it also doesn’t hurt that Rob (the face behind Buttendz) and Kevin (The business man behind Buttendz) are absolute BEAUTIES! If you got a couple bucks kicking around, you need to get a grip