Wolf Tooth’s latest grip is descriptively called the Mega Fat Paw and it is not an instance of ambiguity or ironic marketing.
The company claims that its Mega Fat Paw is the thickest foam grip you can buy, and the measurements to support that claim, aren’t modest.
Shaped from Wolf Tooth’s dual-density foam, the Mega Fat Paw grips are 11.5mm thick and have a huge 40mm structural diameter. At that size, the Mega Fat Paw grips are literally a handful, but for riders with larger hands or sensitive palms, they could be the difference between agony and enjoyment on long mountain bike rides.
Hand fatigue can be an issue for riders when descending arduous technical descents, or if you are rolling huge mileages on corrugated gravel roads. To protect the hands and insulate them from vibration-induced terrain fatigue when reinforced glove design is insufficient.
Adding padded material to the glove’s palm and fingers create ergonomic issues with braking and general bike handling. The best way to enhance the vibration damping at your bike’s hand contact points is to fit grips with superior absorption.
Foam grips have proven the choice material for vibration damping and Wolf Tooth has used this principle to the extreme, with its Mega Fat Paw, which has a 129mm mounted circumference. To put that into context, the Wolf Tooth Razer silicone foam grip, is only 94mm.
Beyond the proven dual-density foam, there’s also a cam-shape option. Wolf Tooth’s industrial designers believe that trimmed the Mega Fat Paw’s round profile into that of cam, creates a more natural shape to grip with your hands.
The Mega Fat Paw cam measures to a slightly smaller overall mounted circumference of 123mm. Wolf Tooth is marketing both its round and cam-shaped Mega Fat Paw grips, at $32.95.