I have somewhat large hands, so the palm swells help the APEG feel more natural in my hand than a Magpul MOE or MIAD (plus I really don't need the internal storage feature of the MIAD, to be honest). The rough-textured version is not going to tear your bare palm to shreds, but it will stay put where you need it. Installed quickly and easily on my LaRue lower, no need for filing or Dremeling. Just to be clear, the APEG is not an overmolded soft grip. The texture is similar to stippling, but without the risk of ruining your grip with a soldering iron. I would definitely recommend this grip to anyone with large hands. I will be purchasing another for my second rifle build.