Grips, pedals and saddles are arguably the most important part of your bike, as they are the only points you touch. I've tried a bunch of different grips trying to find something that keeps you comfortable all day across varying terrain. Thankfully, that search ended when I found ESI grips.
The simplistic design scares some off, but truly, it's precisely why people love them. With the basic round design, you can adjust your grip to maintain comfort all day. Getting locked into one position can cause nerve damage so having the ease of adjusting them is incredibly nice. Along with cushion the silicone provides, the varying thicknesses allows you to get a grip that dampens the trail chatter to whatever degree you need, keeping your hands happy.
While the racers edge is their super light offering, each level of grip has its own strengths for varying terrain. For races with rough and long downhills, I opt for the Chunky grip to get a bit more cushion, and it's incredible.
There is something incredibly confidence inspiring about having a nice big grip, filling up your hand. I don't have the longest fingers or the shortest out there, but having the thicker grip makes it feel like I've got more control of the bike. Mix that with the amazing tactile feel of the silicone (when its both wet and dry) and its a winning combo. Cover it in mud, snot, water, drink mix or sand and you're still good to go!
Downhill or uphill, ESI is the winning grip. There's a reason so many World Cup racers use them. Check them out!