My son thought he lost this ball a few days ago. He was so upset. He said it was the best ball he’s ever had. He’s had it since Christmas and said it had been his favorite basketball (he’s had many!) because it hadn’t lost any of its grip yet which impressed him compared to other balls. Luckily we found the ball and he has it back but I will definitely purchase this again when the time comes. I trust my basketball loving son’s opinion.