Just like my son is addicted to the 28.5", I always pull out my matching 29.5" Wilson Basketball when we are going for a game of knockout. This ball has a strong, soft leathery grip that is long-lasting. If you store the ball indoors, even with continuous outside use, you should get at least 1 year of heavy use out of this ball before the grip even starts to fade. It will be 4-5 years before you see any cracking of the leather. This ball is a great ball that is long lasting.