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Black tape vs. white tape?

View Poll Results: Black or White tape?
Black 25 43.86%
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04-21-2012, 10:48 AM
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I did that off and on for a while but I didn't like how the wax messed with the friction of the tape.
I was concerned about that, too. I used to wax the entire taped area, but now I just wax the bottom of the blade.

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04-21-2012, 11:07 AM
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I suppose a follow up question to this would be how long does the tape last on your stick? I don't think I ever re-taped the top of my stick but I did the blade every single game and sometimes between periods. Any little rip and I hated it.
I retape my stick every skate, but that's only because I love my stick and sometimes sleep with it. If I'm not playing hockey, I'm wishing that I was playing hockey.

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I did that off and on for a while but I didn't like how the wax messed with the friction of the tape.
I wax up the blade well, rub it in with a puck, then use an old credit card to scrape off the excess wax before melting it in with a heat gun. A thick layer of wax melted in makes the blade a bit slippery, but a thin/scraped layer melted in keeps that rough texture of the tape, while still doing a pretty good job of keeping the blade snow-free.

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04-21-2012, 03:54 PM
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White on top, and always black on the blade. Can't play with white.
Really? White tape affects your game that much?

Does anyone still use friction tape? What is the point of it anyway?

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04-21-2012, 05:11 PM
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Really? White tape affects your game that much?

Does anyone still use friction tape? What is the point of it anyway?
Friction

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04-22-2012, 08:46 PM
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White on the handle and blade.

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04-23-2012, 08:20 AM
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black on blade, white on butt

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04-23-2012, 08:40 AM
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Easton did some research with goalies. According to the goalies, using black tape to hide the puck a little more is kind of pointless. Goalies truly have a hard time when things are moving fast (as they often do in hockey) and they cant see the blade or the stick.

So they created the Mako. An all white blade stick, so that in those quick thinking scenarios the mako is blended in with the boards and the ice and the shot is practically in stealth mode. The shot is then less obvious, and in such a fast paced game this can be useful. Though of course this does not make you a better player.

I use white tape now, i taped my entire blade white. Because 1 it really doesnt matter, but two it makes me more comfortable. and then i even tape most of the stick in white, to replicate the mako theory. In response, it does seem to help a bit and it also weighs my stick down a little more for me near the bottom of the stick. Doing so allows for more control and feel.

So i use white, and i tape most of my stick.

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04-23-2012, 12:08 PM
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Easton did some research with goalies. According to the goalies, using black tape to hide the puck a little more is kind of pointless. Goalies truly have a hard time when things are moving fast (as they often do in hockey) and they cant see the blade or the stick.

So they created the Mako. An all white blade stick, so that in those quick thinking scenarios the mako is blended in with the boards and the ice and the shot is practically in stealth mode. The shot is then less obvious, and in such a fast paced game this can be useful. Though of course this does not make you a better player.

I use white tape now, i taped my entire blade white. Because 1 it really doesnt matter, but two it makes me more comfortable. and then i even tape most of the stick in white, to replicate the mako theory. In response, it does seem to help a bit and it also weighs my stick down a little more for me near the bottom of the stick. Doing so allows for more control and feel.

So i use white, and i tape most of my stick.


Link to research? Would be interesting to read

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I've heard something similar, about the goalie not being able to pick up the all white stick as easily as the black one. To me that would make more difference than tape color.

My mini-theory is that all white tape might hide the angle of the blade for the release a lot better than black tape would hide the position of the puck.

Also, if you go on YouTube and look at videos of goalies with the helmet cam, it's pretty easy to see the puck no matter the tape color.

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Really? White tape affects your game that much?

Does anyone still use friction tape? What is the point of it anyway?
I do. Tougher than black stick tape and isn't as absorbant so it doesn't collect snow as badly.

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I do. Tougher than black stick tape and isn't as absorbant so it doesn't collect snow as badly.

I use wax. Rub it on the blade tape, heat gun to melt it and works a lot better at keeping snow off than friction tape, IMHO

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I like black tape on the bottom and on top the sponge tape. I find it doesn't hurt my gloves at all. I buy it by the case from medical supply places for cheap. It grips a little better than the tacki mac's too. It loses the grippiness after a little while and you can re-wrap. The best part is you can wrap with regular tape below it, making your ribbing etc and then give it an overwrap and it doesn't make it bulky just grippier and less abusive on the gloves.

Really the glove wear is the biggest piece to me that makes it valuable (I like higher end gloves but my wallet is not the same minded.) but to each their own.

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04-23-2012, 05:42 PM
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Always white on the blade. Followed by wax.

One layer of white cloth tape on the handle with two layers of Blue grip tape on top of it.

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04-23-2012, 10:58 PM
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blade = black... ALWAYS (hides the puck, right?)


top of stick... one strip of white down the flat sides of the stick, and very, very small knob.

black tapes SUCKS for the top of your stick... because it ****s up your gloves hardcore.

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Friction
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Really? Because I heard it was used to keep snow off the blade.

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