Grypmat: Do You Need One, or Can You Live Without One?
I am sure that I am not unique in the fact that most of the time I use an old Chinese take out container to keep tools and parts together for a project. Been doing this for years with very little complaints. Personally I am not a huge fan of the magnetic trays that some use. I find that they attract dirt from the shop and I fear scratching the finish on whatever I am working on. Well a few weeks ago I felt like a focus of a powerful advertisement team to bend my arm to buy a better solution. Facebook, Instagram, EVERYWHERE I looked I saw these trays. I broke down and ordered a set. Figured I would be fun to talk about what I think about them.
I ordered the "special" edition green set. Apparently they only made 100 sets of the green.
In for a pinch, in for the pound. I ordered the set that included all three offered sizes. First thing we should mention is that this is about $100 worth of trays. For me that sounds like a HUGE amount of money for trays. Think about how much Chinese food $100 buys you! When you really start looking at other products made out of the heat resistant silicon that also holds up to harsh chemicals I guess it makes sense. Quality products just have to cost more money.
Mainly I work on motorcycles, so the idea of using a tray that could conform to the curves of a tank, not scratch the pain and hold tools in place was rather appealing. These trays are very flexible.
Folded in half.
Funny thing is that even though they are very flexible, the edge walls stay firm so items should stay contained when the mat is bent.
The sizes seem well thought out for different jobs. I do wish that the largest had more dividers in the main section. For some reason Grymat added a ruler to the middle of the tray. I can not imagine anyone ever actually using this feature.
The two smaller sizes have built in hooks to hang them for storage. This is a nice touch.
Overall the material seems to offer a nice grippy surface that should keep the try in place as well as control parts/tools. I do wonder how well it will hold up over time. I fear punctures or rips, but only time will tell. The company is new and rather small, I assume as time goes on the quality will increase. Not to say that the quality is bad now, but you can see the uneven finish from the mold and some flash at the edges.
Flash at the edges. This will probably just fall off after a few uses.
I have a couple of upcoming projects that will put these through their paces. Will be sure to report back. At this point I am on the fence if these are something that anyone actually needs. Are they nicer then a Chinese take out tray? Absolutely. But could I live without them? Do not know yet.