https://www.competitivecyclist.com/handlebar-tape?p=Brand%3A100000695&nf=1Ok, seriously - this is the stuff. Look for the "cork" taoe by Cinelli that feels dry even when it's wet.
Leather works well but the OP specifically said "Aside from leather/elkhide...".Fleetwood said:Boatleather.com
Alcantara For Steering Wheels: 5 Benefits You Should KnowI’d think Alcantara would be a nice choice.
Congrats. Looks good. I like coxcombing on cruising boats and naval vessels. For big, stainless wheels on race boats, it's elk all the way.OP may have said other than leather... but as others have said, there maybe no better choice.
I didn't like the cost of a kit from BoatLeather or alternative commercially available options... so I bought a hide, lacing punch, and did it from scratch. Less than $70 total, including the tools... all in, about 8-hours for a 42-inch wheel. The stitching was 6-hrs of that... but honestly one of the most satisfying boat projects I've done. View attachment 481580