If you have been around MTB's for any period of time you have probably heard of or at least seen omeone rocking the ODI Ruffian grips. They are known for their small diameter, good grip and how connected they make you feel to your bike. This review is for the Ruffian MX grips, which like many motocross grips (hence the MX designation) has a half waffle pattern on the bottom. I have run Ruffians on my bikes for a while and used to ride motocross as well so when I saw these half waffle style grips I had to give them a try.
The grips feel similar to the standard Ruffian grips, but the half waffle does provide a bit of a padded feel to your fingers and provides a bit more grip when things get wet or muddy. I have not noticed a significant improvement over the standard grips, but I feel grips are one of those things that you only really notice if there is an issue (maybe that'sjust me). If my hands are not slipping or sore and beat up its a win for me. I have ridden some other grips that gripped fine, but wore out quickly and left my hands sore after only a bit of riding. While the Ruffians are thin they are more than comfortable enough for me even on longer rides and yet they are not too padded leaving me feeling disconnected to the bike.
In terms or durability, I have broken a few of the endcaps with really big crashes, but I have a few extras laying around. The rubber I'd say wears a little quickly, but not more than other softer compound grips. The rubber definitely gets more grippy once it is broken in. These grips are my go to on all of my bikes, even my flat bar commuter. They feel great and tick all of the boxes for what I look for in a grip and the price is not bad either. I would not hesitate recommending these to any rider, but if you have issues with sore hands you might want something with more padding.