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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:27 PM
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Default Best brand of hockey tape?

I was looking around online and came across this brand of hockey tape.

http://www.howieshockeytape.com/

I was just wondering if anyone had any experince with this brand and if they liked it. I would appreciate if you guys could throw in a couple other brands to look into.

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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:29 PM
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I stick with the Renfrew.

http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/Renfr...page-HSTC.html

Can't go wrong with it.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the quick response
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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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Default renfrew also.

im a renfrew man myself haha only bcuz here where i live thats all they sell. when i go to the city i pick up clothe grip tape in colors...but for blade tape i use renfrew. does the job.

sorry no experience with the tape you speak of.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:47 PM
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howies is great stuff, but I stick with Renfrew as well. When you buy in bulk its the cheapest. Howies can get pricey
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Old January 25th, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Renfrew only, ever, for the knob. I use White Med tape for the blade, its thinner and give a better feel imo.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 06:37 PM
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Chalk up another for Renfrew. Once your taped, you are taped. It wont come undone like other brands. Nothing worse than loose tape on the legs.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 07:25 PM
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Another tally for Renfrew here.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 07:55 PM
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The old Andover stuff was brilliant. I've used Comp-o-stick, Howies, Renfrew(blue), Renfrew(black/gold) and Andover(the new Andover tape isn't as good as it was before.

I'd rate them(best to worst):
Old Andover - Durable, a heavy 1" width, great adhesive
Renfrew(black/gold label) - Good quality, a true 1" good adhesive
Comp-o-stik - Very nice cloth, a thin 1", decent adhesiveness, very little stretch.
Howies - Yellowish hue, thin 1", nice cloth, decent adhesive
Andover(current) - Heavy 1", durable, QC issues. Has the "string" issue.
Renfrew(blue label) - True 1", decent. Has the "string" issue.

Sportstape cloth tape is the next one I'm going to be trying. I need to find something like the old Andover tape and buy a couple of cases of it.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 08:35 PM
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really like jaybird white tape. it seems to be whiter than the renfrew stuff. i like that.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 11:08 PM
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Jaybird all the way for the blade. Quality blows renfrew out of the water in terms of durability, it is thicker though. Can't find it anywhere locally though, have to order online.
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Renfrew... but never tried the other listed... just heard that it was the best and never used another.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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renfrew blue label has been absolute garbage for me. have to re-tape at a bear minimum after every ice time, if not more often. the black/gold label stuff is completely different and has great durability and feel. adhesiveness is very good as tblfan stated. the only complaint i have with the black/gold label is that it can be a bit incosisitent in the evenness of the cloth as i see a few thin spots scattered around on the tape. doesn't seem to affect durability too much though, kind of a rougher feel to it.
i also really like comp-o-stick and jaybird. they rate about equal to me, but comp-o-stick seems a touch smoother in feel and a bit more consistent on the evenness of the cloth. durability on both seem to be very good.
i'm curious to try the howie's stuff as i keep reading a lot of good stuff about it, but with the abundant availability of renfrew black label 6-packs at the local mega sporting goods store(most of you will know who) it's tough to wanna try anything else.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 01:34 PM
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when I was a kid, Renfew Tape had it's factory behind a local high school. The high school students could "dumpster dive" and get slightly imperfect tape out of the dumpsters; clear tape, cloth tape, what ever they had at the time. You can't do that anymore.
It was neat that the older guys always had these tape roles that were not perfectly wound onto the cardboard, or had off colouring, or that was squashed somehow. Tape was always abundant and there was less landfill.
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I've only used renfrew black/gold label and the NEWER andover stuff, right when andover started to have durability problems
needless to say i preferred the renfrew
but i haven't used anything else and im not completely happy with the "grippyness" of renfrew, i don't think it grips the puck as welll as i'd like it too
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I get the source for source tape at the LHS, its decent. no complaints.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 07:23 PM
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Howies is great tape. Much better than Renfrew and Andover, imo. Doesn't have the string issue, which makes me happy. Can't stand it when the edge frays off!
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Default Howies for shin pads, need friction tape help.

I use Howies, this stuff really sticks and keeps my shin pads on and tight, I also use it on the top/knob of my stick.... I am looking for some great/sticky friction tape that lasts...the stuff at my LHS is no good. Any help on that one?
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Old February 5th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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I use Howies, it's good stuff!
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Renfrew is the brand for me in all it's wonderful colors
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