My '83 Nishiki Cresta once had beautiful, at least to me, cushioned tubes that slid onto the bars. The tubes came in four sections, two for the top of the bar, two for the downturns. the tubes were wrapped in a soft shiny material in a blue similar to my bike's color.
Alas, after being on the bike for over 20 years, the material has come apart and the foam split in several places. As a temporary measure, I wrapped it all with cloth adhesive backed handlebar tape. It worked so well I've considered keeping it that way, but feel the need to install a taller stem. So, the tape and cushioned grips will need to come off and, most likely, will not be in condition to reuse.
I have problems with hand numbness, the reason for the cushioned grips. Even with gel gloves, my hands go numb if there's not cushioning on the bars too. So, I'm looking for either a tape that will offer good cushioning or a product similar to the tubes I've used all these years. I'm open to recommendations. BTW, I'm 240 lbs, ride drop bars and prefer them to others I've tried.