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By David Appelhans
From Lafayette
Oct 23, 2012
Imaginate
Josh Hutch wrote:
No, thats a serious question. The tape on my bike always soaks up sweat off my hands. Why wouldn't it soak up melting ice? I'm in CA, alls we got is drippy ice


I know it was serious. I didn't mean to brush you off. I haven't used the bike tape before (except on a bike) so I'll just have to see.

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By Unassigned User
Feb 10, 2013
I just ordered some hockey stick tape - wanted orange - (my fav color - LOL) fro this place in case anyone is interested. Will provide a review on how it is when I receive it and apply it to my Viper's.

In case anyone is interested - they have varietyet of colors and other tapes as well for sale.

See: tapebrothers.com/Premium-Orang...

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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Feb 10, 2013
Middle
I've used the 2228 on other tools but recently made the switch to Temflex. It's a little lower profile, a little less sticky, and still seals to itself. The biggest issue I had with 2228 was how thick it got when wrapped over itself doing 50% overlays.

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By beccs
Feb 11, 2013
Plumbing tape is the standard. The stuff I've always used is called Magic Wrap.

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By Unassigned User
Feb 11, 2013
beccs wrote:
Plumbing tape is the standard. The stuff I've always used is called Magic Wrap.


Where can you get this tape? Anywhere like a Home Depot, Lowe's, etc?

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By whittlesticks
From Nederland
Feb 11, 2013
hanging at the bridger jacks campground
As a alternative I use electrical friction tape. I have a wrap job that has lasted 4 seasons on my bd reactors. I also use it on my cobras! It is lightly tacky, and seems to be pretty resistant to abrasion which will keep the carbon fiber looking new over the seasons.

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By Adam Burch
From San Dieger
Feb 11, 2013
you local?
The 2228 is great, except it doesn't seem to last on the high-traffic areas of my tools - "melts" off from use. Great insulator/sticky, but a little thick and the melting has me looking for an alternative.

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By beccs
Feb 11, 2013
Michael Urban wrote:
Where can you get this tape? Anywhere like a Home Depot, Lowe's, etc?


Yup, usually in the plumbing department, though I guess sometimes it's stuck with other assorted tape.

This is the closest you'll get to the factory grip tape that comes on something like what the Nomics have for their upper grip from the factory.

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By Dave Deming
From Grand Junction CO
Feb 11, 2013
I used deck tape, easy to apply, waterproof and lots of friction.

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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Feb 11, 2013
Middle
Michael Urban wrote:
Where can you get this tape? Anywhere like a Home Depot, Lowe's, etc?


Lowes or Home Depot. It's 3M 2228. Petzl uses a version of the 3M Temflex which is also a self sealing insulation tape but is a little thinner than 2228 and not as wide.

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By Phoenix
From louisville, colorado
Feb 18, 2013
hiking 8-5-09 (Don't chase the rabbit!!!)
whittlesticks wrote:
As a alternative I use electrical friction tape. I have a wrap job that has lasted 4 seasons on my bd reactors. I also use it on my cobras! It is lightly tacky, and seems to be pretty resistant to abrasion which will keep the carbon fiber looking new over the seasons.


+1 find the textured stuff, after 5 years of ice, mixed, and summer drytooling, I'm almost ready to re-tape... Almost..

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By Unassigned User
Feb 18, 2013
I just bought and used some hockey tape and it worked great! Wrapped both of my Viper's with it - comes in various colors - went one fast and easy and sticks very well. Cloth tape - so it makes for a good grip. Color matches my tool very closely (not that it mattere to me) and you can barely tell the tool is even wrapped!

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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Feb 18, 2013
Middle
Cloth hockey tape absorbs water and is a poor insulator. The reason why ice climbers are recommending pipe insulating tape is because it self seals, does not absorb water, insulates well, and does not create a sticky adhesive mess when removing. On dry (or even wet) warm days, hockey tape will do fine providing plenty of friction but once it gets cold and wet you're going to see a lot of heat transfer through your gloves. Look at what Petzl uses, for example, they could easily save money using a cloth tape but instead use a rubber foam based tape that insulates and is water proof (Temflex).


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
Feb 18, 2013
RJN
The best tape hands down is the tape that Ouray Mountian Sports carries. Not sure the maker, but it's rubber like with very fine micro dots that give excellent grip dry and especially wet. It's flexible so you can mold it around awkward shafts( I wrapped my cobras ). Whish I had a pic or more info about brand, but next time your there talk to Bill about it.

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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 19, 2013
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.
whittlesticks wrote:
As a alternative I use electrical friction tape. I have a wrap job that has lasted 4 seasons on my bd reactors. I also use it on my cobras! It is lightly tacky, and seems to be pretty resistant to abrasion which will keep the carbon fiber looking new over the seasons.


I also have this on my nomics. It was super tacky at first, now it's just sort of a cloth tape feel. Not quite as grippy as the 2228 tape, but good enough to give a little extra friction when choking up on the shaft on easier terrain. I do like that it's thin and low profile though.

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By Luc
Administrator
From Montreal
Feb 28, 2013
The El
I just noticed 3M Gripping Material on the 3M website, has anyone seen this material?
3M gripping Material

I'll probably stick to 3M 2228 for now.

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By scott cooney
From La Casa Taco
Feb 28, 2013
11th hour of the Sundial
I haven't used the gripping tape, but right now the 2228 works and I'm questioning why go other routes... tried the friction tape just for yucks, bad bad bad idea if your usual routes involve snow.

icy tool
icy tool

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By Dane
Mar 5, 2013
Cham '11
As Erik posted earlier..


coldthistle.blogspot.com/2010/...

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By Ryan Garnsey
From Bozeman, Montana
Oct 23, 2013
Erik W, I went out and got the 2228 Scotch Electrical tape, but now am wondering how you got those nice grip bevels in your wrap!

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By Jon H
From Boulder
Oct 24, 2013
At the matching crux
Ryan Garnsey wrote:
Erik W, I went out and got the 2228 Scotch Electrical tape, but now am wondering how you got those nice grip bevels in your wrap!


Just practice and a steady hand. One roll of 3M 2228 is good for about 2 and 1/2 axes if you stretch it nice and tight (which you should do anyway to get a good wrap that won't slide). Try wrapping 4" of pipe/dowel to start off so you get the hang of how the stuff tends to lay.

Also, pro tip: start at the head of the axe and wrap downwards towards the handle. Aim for about 1/3 width overlap with each turn.


Quark shaft wrap example
Quark shaft wrap example

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By SavageMarmot
From Nederland, CO
Oct 24, 2013
You guys are BORED.

Use that energy to go climb some stuff, or a least take a walk.

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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Oct 24, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock
The only thing I use to wrap my tool.


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By Sdm1568
From Ca
Nov 1, 2013
Mt Whitney April
I would think if it's cork based it shouldn't absorb water, I have a bit from wrapping my saltwater rods and it lasts for about 5+ years. Maybe get 3-5 seasons out of it if you want.... Any recommendation for removing old goo from the previous tape? Acetone or lacquer thinner?

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By Sdm1568
From Ca
Nov 1, 2013
Mt Whitney April
^^^ only size large huh Ben?

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By logan johnson
From West Copper, Co
Dec 10, 2013
Flakey Pull Roof v5
Tried the bike wrap last year. Worked great, but only lasted a season. The material is too thick and tends to get sliced and diced. I also had some textured deck paint that I tried on another set of tools, same result. Both were great for the first six uses or so then they started coming apart.

Next up- #2228

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