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What is a prototype?

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About

The Gilman Grips Oar Handles Story

Gilman Grips are about the perfect day on the river, bringing new designs and innovation to the sport of fishing and rowing, and connecting you to the river with confidence—in a whole new way!

We bring you high-performance fun on the water.  

Our goal 

To perfect your river experience by providing you with unparalleled control,  power, comfort, and safety.                                                                                                

 

 

 

 Patented ergonomic shape 

Gilman Grips Oar Handles deliver a significant performance advantage over traditional round grips, which unintentionally spin in your hand. We accomplish this by utilizing the most ergonomic shape and by providing your hand with twice the surface, where you need it most. Our design requires a fraction of the hand strength required to hang onto, and properly control, a traditional oar grip—resulting in less shoulder, wrist, and hand fatigue so that you can enjoy more glorious days on the river. Designed to fit a wide range of hand sizes from XXL to XS, the innovative shape fits your hand like a glove. Our grips provide you with intuitive feathering and instant feedback on your blade angle in the water. 

Gilman Grips provide performance that is unmatched in the industry.

Never miss another stroke

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 The choice is simple 

Round grips on today's oars have not evolved. The same shapes have been used for thousands of years because they could be quickly turned into a wooden oar shaft. With no concern for performance, oar-manufacturers kept the simple cylindrical designs due to the ease of production.   Gilman Grips is about to change all that

Our grips provide a more specialized experience for oarsmen who know how important control, power, and comfort truly are. We instill confidence in every stroke

 

No matter how strong you are, preventing the unwanted oar spin found with traditional grips is impossible

They are uncomfortable, hard to control, and provide no orientation to the blade. While all other aspects of rowing have consistently seen innovation, grips have remained largely unimproved. Until now.  

We dream of establishing a new industry standard that changes rowing forever and treats the oarsman as the most vital component of any rig. Gilman Grips provides the oarsmen with more confidence, power, and control. Whether you're just starting out, or a seasoned river professional, our grips are there for you.

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Gilman Grips is about to change rowing forever with high-performance oar grips. The same way fat skis changed skiing, Gilman Grips is about to change the way you row

Here are a few product testimonials from professional guides and avid river enthusiasts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

For the last three years, we created countless working prototypes and spent thousands of hours perfecting and field testing this design. We have consulted chemical engineers and manufacturers to ensure we are using the best materials available.

All the pieces are in place, and we are excited to bring our product to the world. The only thing we need to get our product into your hands is help funding the injection molding process.

As with any new endeavor, unforeseen obstacles will happen, but with a 37-year background designing and manufacturing high-end wood products, and an unwavering passion and dedication for rivers—make us uniquely qualified and able to overcome any obstacle that stands in our way.

If you would like more information on the inventor, Jeff Gilman, and his background in design and manufacturing, please visit his woodworking website where you can see Jeff’s designs and top-notch work:

www.jeffgilmanwoodworking.com
www.gilmangrips.com

With your support now, we can have Gilman Grips in your hands for the 2018 river season.

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    $1,500 will earn you two sets of our custom Gilman Grips Oar Handles, two hats and your name will be added to our founder's page on the Gilman Grips website. Donors will also receive a guided raft trip for two with the Gilman Grips Team. Enjoy views of Glacier National Park while rafting on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. The trip will take place in the summer between June and September, the section run will depend on the river flows.
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