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By reboot
From Westminster, CO
Apr 15, 2013
The old Kendall Curity was the shit, but that's no more. I thought the Euro tape is ok, but apparently the adhesive degrades pretty fast over time & even for a fresh roll, the tape (on fingers) only lasts a single hard pitch before it rolls off the skin. So what are the alternatives? I don't even care if it's really expensive b/c taping fingers doesn't use that much. If there is none, I'll just call crack climbing stupid & move on.

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By chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Apr 15, 2013
Jaybird seems to stick better than others

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By MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Apr 15, 2013
Me on Supercrack
I have to buy Euro-tape from Pagan or GearHeads in Moab & have it shipped to me in MT. I've noticed sometimes I've got some older stuff that doesn't stick near as well as the fresh stuff. Not to run any store down, but generally I'll buy my tape from Gearheads, I think they probably sell more tape so it's on the shelf for a shorter time. As soon as I get it I put it in a zip-lock bag in the fridge or the basement (keeps it fresh for months). Also; wash your hands thoroughly with Ivory soap before taping up, most other soaps have moisturizers of one kind or another than ruins the bond.

I'm old, with thin skin, and always tape my hands. My fingers I tape almost never. I climb plenty of easy sandstone finger cracks and seem to build up calluses on my fingers (even the sides). Maybe the solution would be to put in more miles on easy cracks to build up the skin on your fingers. Besides it's really hard for me to do a decent ring-lock or finger stack with tape on my fingers.

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Apr 15, 2013


Plus



Sticks like magic.

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By reboot
From Westminster, CO
Apr 15, 2013
JCM wrote:
Sticks like magic.

I was pretty much going to go that route. But an aerosol can is PITA on a multi-pitch.
MTKirk wrote:
I have to buy Euro-tape from Pagan or GearHeads in Moab & have it shipped to me in MT. I've noticed sometimes I've got some older stuff that doesn't stick near as well as the fresh stuff...I'm old, with thin skin, and always tape my hands. My fingers I tape almost never.

I wonder if it's particularly sensitive to heat. As for the finger vs hand thing, I almost never tape up my hands for the creek. Hands have much more surface area than fingers. I used to tape very little on my fingers too, but swollen knuckles (from injury/overuse) means I pretty much hang off a very small patch of skin if I don't tape up. And climbing exclusively in the 0.4-tight 0.75 camalot size cracks this season doesn't help.

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By Monomaniac
Administrator
From Morrison, CO
Apr 15, 2013
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
MTKirk wrote:
I have to buy Euro-tape from Pagan or GearHeads in Moab & have it shipped to me in MT.


You can order Eurotape directly from here

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By Ryan N
From Palo Alto
Apr 15, 2013
RJN
Found this-

highinfatuation.com/blog/how-t...

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By Steven Lucarelli
From Moab, UT
Apr 15, 2013
Showing off Johns almighty poop tube on the top of El Cap, after climbing the Nose.
Use Tincture of Benzoin to make your tape stick all day. That Mueller Pre-Tape lasts about 5 minutes. And the Euro tape is the best thing available now that Kendall is gone. Jaybird is about as useless as masking tape.

allegromedical.com/skin-care-c...

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Apr 15, 2013
Tape is Aid

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By Pitty
From Marbach
Apr 16, 2013
My cool Elly....
I use Leukotape classic from BSN medical....
sticks very good and is solid enough.....
negative: you will be epilated :-) so better use the razor prior taping....

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By MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Apr 16, 2013
Me on Supercrack
Pitty wrote:
I use Leukotape classic from BSN medical.... sticks very good and is solid enough..... negative: you will be epilated :-) so better use the razor prior taping....



Got a link on where to buy? I saw the P tape on amazon, is that the same thing?

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By Dylan B.
Apr 18, 2013
Orgasm Direct, Devil's Lake, 5.11a  c. 2008
I've been listening to an old soundboard recording from Pembroke, Florida in 1977; has a great set of China Cat-->Slipknot-->Franklin's Tower...oh, not that kind of tape.

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