Enter the V2
Just this month David Horne announced he was releasing a new model of his extremely popular Vulcan gripper. He stated this model would be improved beyond the current version of the award winning adjustable gripper.
As you can imagine, I was pretty excited. The Vulcan is a staple to my hand strength training, I do over 75% of my crush grip training with it and I must attribute my massive progress in 2011 to having a fully adjustable resistance crushing tool.
Additionally I ordered a set of the “thumbscrews” pinch apparatuses which easily attach to the legs of the vulcan. Several grip athletes I routinely email rave about these simple little handles.
The V2 is very sturdy construction, without a doubt better design than the original Vulcan. I noted the new model looked bigger to me than the original. To test that idea I overlaid the V2 upon the Vulcan I have and discovered the height is the same between the prongs, yet the V2 handles are about 1/2 inch longer. More distinct is the MUCH wider spread on the handles. The V2 has a very wide handle settting.
I have no doubt using this gripper will make your setting power really fierce. The wider set handle means more spring stretch on the set, which means it’s harder. The Vulcan and V2 both share smooth handles, which are more challenging to position. The smooth handles are also a major plus- it saves your skin. Knurling is great for torsion spring grippers in contest, but they chew up your hands badly in training. The V2 will allow you to get in much more volume in training without cutting you or giving your hands hot spots.
The newer springs are Silver/black dipped and they are HARD. My perception is they are harder to close than the yellow and black striped “wasp” spring which was released this year as well. If you are not currently closing a 4 or 5 on the wasp you may find the silver spring is simply too hard. In this case I would recommend buying an orange or red spring.
The thumb screws are simply ingenious.
The slide on the ends of the V2 and allow you to train a variety of pinch gripers against an adjustable resistance. Some of the pinches you can try- Dynamic open hand pinch wide, DNP narrow, key pinch, palm squeeze, and the monkey grip. Normally to train all of these you would need a TTK or similar see-saw style tool. There is an issue with those. The #1 problem with a TTK is its bulky and can be difficult to find a suitable location to work with. Thumbscrews solve this problem. The second issue is resistance. A 2.5 lbs jump on a TTK can be a huge change in difficulty for many people. With the V2 and thumb screws you can micro load with rubber bands to ensure the difficulty is never too challenging.
A great tool!
Who does this set up benefit?
One Vulcan gripper with one spring is equal to 24 Torsion spring grippers. Another way of saying that: (01) V2 = (24) TSG.
Cost of a V2- around 129 dollars from the UK. BTW on that topic Jedd Johnson has a mess of V2′s right now so you can order them and save on Shipping!
Cost of 1 torsion spring gripper – 19.99 to 49.99. This means one V2 is worth upwards of 1,000 dollars of grippers.
And if you buy two or three springs? More gripper difficulties than you will close.
If you train at a gym where they are not as Awesome as Movement Minneapolis (IE pretty much all other gyms) you will need some grip tools to get your mighty mitts on. A V2 and thumb screw pair fits in your bag. Throw in some Fatgripz and you have crush/pinch/support grip in a nice under 5 lbs package.
Know what that is? #Epicwinning as Doctor Sheen would say.
Exciting news on the adjustable gripper scene
Ryan Pitts – owner/operator of Strongergrip.com has acquired rights to manufacture an American made version of the Vulcan. This model is being delivered to me on Saturday at WSH leg 1 to field test. Ryan consulted on me for improvements and we added a key feature to the Strongergrip Vulcan to get you more strength and more PR’s faster. I will be posting results of my field test / abuse of the SGV very soon. I am extremely happy to have gotten the ball rolling on this deal to secure the worlds greatest hand gripper in a domestic model. More to come soon.