Not only does this multi-colored cork scheme look pretty dang cool but it’s also super soft and feels great in your hands. After a few months of hard testing, it seems to resist staining quite well, which can be an issue with lesser-quality cork grips. I’ve also liked that it doesn’t stain your white t-shirts. That might sound a little strange to some but if you have a good day of fishing with a lot of hooksets, the butt of a lot of low-quality cork-gripped rods will stain your light-colored shirts and it’s a pain to get out. I have not had that issue with this rod and I don’t expect it to be a problem at all.