10 23 2017

Blade Tape Review

Blade Tape Review

 

Look and Feel

Like many other hockey players, I have been using hockey tape to tape and protect my blade. Every player has their own special way of taping the stick. The legendary Bobby Orr used to only wrap one piece of tape on the blade. Wayne Gretzky used friction tape instead of the traditional cloth tape and used to sprinkle baby powder on the blade after taping it. This was done to lower the friction point of the friction tape. No wonder his passes where so effective!

This brings us to Blade Tape. They call themselves “The original hockey tape alternative”. So what is it if you have never seen it before? When you buy a package of blade tape, you get two pieces of rubber in the shape of the blade of a stick. You can buy Blade Tape in different colours ($9.99), with NHL team logos ($16.99), or country flags ($14.99-$16.99).

Blade tape itself is made from rubber with a criss cross/ridge raised pattern on it. The rubber is grippy and has more friction than traditional hockey tape. Because Blade tape is made of rubber, it won’t soak up water like hockey tape and therefore maintain its effectiveness longer. And finally, Blade Tape claims that it should last at least 15 games, if not longer! If it is cut, simply take the Blade Tape off and re-apply. Seems like a good deal for parents especially! Your child can have their favorite team on their stick blade and you only need to apply it once. No more having to re-tape your kids or your stick all the time!

Performance

Once you apply Blade tape on to your stick blade, you will notice that it only covers the faces of the blade. The top, nose and bottom of the blade are left exposed. If this is something that bothers you, you can use Blade Tapes Grip Tape ($4.99) to cover the top and the nose of the blade. Obviously you can not apply the tape to the bottom otherwise you will never be able to move your stick around on the ice!

With the new technology that is put into sticks, the one thing that they have not perfected is the feel that a wood blade provides. The wood naturally cushions the puck on your stick when receiving a pass or even shooting the puck.

The first thing I noticed about the Blade Tape on my composite blade was that it helped to cushion the puck way more than traditional tape. I could feel the puck much more and the puck was cushioned onto the blade. As for shooting the puck, I didn’t really notice that much difference. The puck came off the stick the same but that could be due to my lack of accuracy while shooting! But I could feel the difference when receiving passes. It almost felt like I had a wood stick again.

Recommendation

Hockey players are of habit and superstition. I have used hockey tape on my stick my whole playing life and it was hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I was using a completely different material on my stick blade. That being said, I could feel the difference immediately. Although Blade Tape is a little more expensive than a roll of tape, if you are like me and have to re-tape your stick every two games, than Blade Tape may prove to be more cost-effective. Hockey Gear Review would highly recommend Blade Tape to parents of young hockey players and anyone else who is willing to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. You won’t be disappointed.

Rating: ★★★★½

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