Rods with our Ztech Composite Grips started as a project to make extremely light weight, high performance rod grips for personal fishing rods that are not merely one layer of sleeve skin over a foam core which has very little strength. But a prepreg hand layup of 3 layers of 3 mill twill in a split steel bladder mold under pressure, cured in a oven at a controlled temperature, specifically designed with compound curves for perfect form, function and beauty and 5 times stronger than steel plus lighter than cork. Ztech grips are 100% manufactured in the USA (Oregon) using US suppliers and materials. Our specialized prepreg carbon fiber help reduce rod weight while increasing sensitivity and performance. Our Ztech Grips can remove weight from your current rods. This reduction in rod weight can be felt in your hands and translates into sensitivity and responsiveness. Obviously our grips are more expensive than the sleeve grips but will out perform any other straight tube grips on the market.