would you mind telling us who the supplier was?
after reading everyones responses, im thinkin' i may try again with the pro-gaff from goodbuyguys, unless thats where you ordered your 2 different batches from.
I personally have switched over to hockey tape, I buy it from tapebrothers.com. I think gaffer is a step up from vinyl but hockey tape is way better, It made a big difference in my hooping. I find it easier to hoop in tights and slick pants.
As for making and selling hoops the price for hockey tape is way cheaper than gaffer.
I've ordered gaffer's tape from goodbuyguys and identi-tape. Both are of the same quality, and I love the variety of colors I can get it in. I've also used hockey tape, which is definitely more grippy than gaffer's, but I simply don't like it as much. As Maisie said, I also feel like it is more prone to lifting from the hoop.
Anyways, it seems like Caroleena might have answered your question, replying about the two different grades of gaffers tape.
I'm a hockey tape girl myself. I haven't experienced the problems Maisie mentions with the edges fraying, except with white hockey tape (which I don't use anyway because it gets dirty wayyy too fast). I think maybe there are different qualities of hockey tape that might have an effect on the edge quality... but whatever I've been getting at Dick's Sporting Goods has been perfect for my use! I use both the black and the clear... the clear is almost kind of plasticy, but it has a good grip too, though not quite as good as the fabric-style hockey tapes it seems.
I also have one roll of gaffer from goodbuyguys and it's great! Not quite as grippy as the hockey, and wear-quality seems pretty comparable to me, but it's a breeze to tape hoops with! That said, I ordered that about 4 months ago, so if there's been a quality change in that product I wouldn't know about it.
Good luck! :)
MUCH THANKS everyone!
i may just try again with the PRO-GAFF, since it sounds like that (professional grade) may be what the difference is. (thanks caroleeena!)
im a little afraid, though, as i spent a bunch of $ on that last order of the Scapa, and dont want to have another bunch of useless slick gaff!
also, my thoughts on hockey-ive used that too and do like it, but mine does tend to fray on the edges so i use it with vinyl tape to cover the edges.
i like to use the gaffer for when i want minimal tape on a hoop. (leds, hdpe, pp)
im still open to any ideas though, so if anyone has found the ultimate in grippy gaffers, please do tell!!