Any femme prefs?
Seems like dude-heavy commentary so far. Any hardcore women or XX guides with strong views?
Having built timber fences for the FS for years, swinging a double-bit or a heavy hammer, I developed not only a strong grip but also an instinct for angle and torque. So it's natural that I prefer locks, wraps, and stops.
That said, I can imagine advantages to oar-rights or pins & clips, in lieu of gorilla forearms.
One of my pet hates are those icky foam grips– I ended up slashing them off a set of Carlisles in the middle of a trip and roughing up the plastic, so I could feel what was happening, featherwise. So far, no blisters. The grips on my wood Sawyers are nice.