anyone ever used cloth hockey tape for hoops before? it seems quite a bit cheaper than gaffer. just wondering what the difference is and how it holds up long term?
I've used the pink and blue camo here before and it seemed to work fine. it's a bit thinner than gaffer but kinda nice because it's softer and more cloth like. it also kinda seems like it doesn't scuff and tear as easily as gaffer but maybe that's because I don't use that hoop as much. http://www.hockeymonkey.com/renfrew-hockey-tape-camo.html
anyone ever tried these hockey tapes before? are they exactly the same as the camo just in solid colors? http://www.hockeymonkey.com/rencolclotho.html
I haven't used hockey tape with patterns on it...just solid colors, standard black, white and purple. I love hockey tape because it is so grippy. Typically my newly taped hoops actually feel sticky, but that wears off after a bit. The downer is that it tends to roll up a little on the edges and collects dirt like nobody's business. When I end up retaping a hoop it doesn't come off cleanly like gaffers does. I would never sell hoops using hockey tape, but for practice hoops I like it. I would say that it also adds more weight than gaffers but that is just a hunch on my end, I haven't weighed any of my hoops.
Depending on the quality of the tape some last longer than others and/or have that sticky feeling after you retape a hoop.
I've used Hockey tape..it doesn't hold up very well and can leave residue behind on the tubing which is a pain to get off later on
I use it all the time, I think it's better than gaffer in that it offers more grip for tape to clothing friction, which is more practical. Gaffer is a textured tape but is just not grippy compared to hockey tape. However, hockey tape is like you said is thinner and leight weight so it doesn't last as long and will fray after 1-2 months of use. But it's so cheap you can buy lots and just retape your hoop or cover ends with vinly to prevent fraying. Also you want to make sure you buy cloth hockey tape and not SHIN tape. Shin tape is slick and offers no grip.
When removing hockey tape use WD-40 for the tape residue, works wonders.
I've noticed the grip is better with the hockey tape too and I like the way it feels on my hands since it's softer. I've never tried retaping the ones I used so I don't know about the leftover glue residue, but I have noticed it gets dirty along the edges as well, but I've never really had any problems with the tape scuffing, tearing, or fraying tough.
I have one collapsible hoop I made for a friend with just the pink camo tape and she leaves it folded up in her trunk and takes it all kinds of places and her kid uses it too and it looks really dirty but the tape has held up very nicely. I also have some other hoops with a thinner trim of gaffer tape covering over the edges of the hockey tape so that seems to prevent the sticky, dirty, fraying edges problems.
any recommended brands or sites to purchase from or avoid?
I've purchased in bulk before from online hockey warehouses and such. It's like everyone says, but I've owned hoops with gaffer tape and I would personally say it holds up much better than the cloth hockey tape. The hoops I used that on scuffed up a lot quicker than my gaff hoop and the white turned almost brown from getting dirty. It is a good alternative when you cannot slurpge on true gaffer tape though.
Hockey tape is all I use. It doesn't last, but I like that because I enjoy re-taping my hoops frequently and get bored when they are the same colour for too long. And since hockey tape is so cheap and removes easily (I haven't noticed residue left behind??) I don't feel bad about constantly changing the look of my hoops.
I have all the colors. I made a hoop for someone used the blue and pink camo tape along with gaffer on top. I thin it's ok.
Yes! Thats what I use on all my hoops. I usually take a blow dryer to the tape after I put it on the PVC tubing, it makes it adhere better : ) It's also nice because it's real grippy as opposed to electric or duct-tape.
I've used hockey tape, gaffer, and athletic tape.
The hockey tape seemed to feel and work better than gaffer in my opinion. It doesnt last quite as long but its also cheaper. I ended up using athletic tape because they had a bunch of pretty colors and patterned tapes. It can be pricey though if you buy it from a sporting goods store. Its even thinner than hockey tape but that makes it super easy to manipulate and tape your hoops perfectly. I dont think it lasts as long either but its not THAT big of a difference compared to hockey tape.
Yes I use it all the time its cheaper you can find them at any sporting stores and i think it holds up pretty well. Even when i use my hoops outside.