Dark matter sets a new standard in downhill griptape. Instead of just improving an old concept, a completely new approach has been taken. For years the backing was made of glue or paper. But glue can melt and paper dissolves when it gets wet.
Dark matter uses fabric backing which makes it much more durable, also making the edges less likely to tear or flake. It also allows using smaller but sharper grains that won’t wear out over time. This additional sharpness ensures an extremely strong and long-lasting grip even when wet. And since the fabric cannot melt, the material is absolutely heat-resistant.