While in Big Lots the other day, I just happened to notice they had some children’s flip-flops on sale for $1.50. I had just finished reading most of this thread and was thinking about alternative grippers, especially ones that I could use without a wrap.
Anyways, when I saw the soles on the flip-flops, I was intrigued by the possibility that they could be used as a gripper. The soles were fairly thin, firm but compressable, and had an interesting grip pattern on the bottoms. Plus, they were very cheap. One could get several grippers out of a pair.
Just an idea…