/ Ice Axe Grip Tape?
(It's for two metal shafts, and one carbon, if that's significant)
Ive got the Petzl tape on my axes and its fantastic. Though not tried many others to judge it against.
Self Amalgamating tape.
Your local hardware store should stock. It's all the same. It sticks to itself not to the axe so what its made of doesn't matter.
Screwfix stuff, and a little of Meindl's boot waterproofing stuff on your gloves, which makes the leather tacky whhtout being sticky - a happy discovery recently.
Good shout chaps. Once you manage to get the protective film off! it's quite good! Not 'too' tacky, rubbery feel,reasonable insulator on bare metal.
For less than four quid, I reckon it will do about four tools.
(£3.70 Screwfix self amagamating tape)
What kind of tape is the Sport tape? I suppose if I don't get on with Screwfix tape, it'll be easy enough to experiment with other types.
The thicker stuff is Dunlop racket/hockey stick tape.
I got both from Intersport and Sports Direct.
£24 a metre...is it worth it?!
Bike inner tube, cut to length, rolled onto shaft, can glue it on if you want (glue on shaft before rolling inner on), works a treat either way
keen to try this myself, out of curiosity what kind of adhesive did you use to stick the inner tube to the axe?
I've got vulcanizing (sp?) for tyre repair, araldite for strong repairs and some No more nails stuff for generally sticking anything to anything else.
Is there anyone in particular that you'd recommend for the obvious cold weather use that they'll end up enduring?
> Self Amalgamating tape.
maybe i have the wrong stuff...
Tried the tube method in the past, didn't find it much good. The rubber soon shreds and becomes a pain. Quite happy with the slightly 'tacky' plastic self amalgamating tape from Screwfix so far. It's surprisingly not that great as a thermal insulator, but nice and 'grippy' with a decent glove.
Dane, on his Cold thistle blog, describes the type of tapes suitable.
Tip, winding it on, down the shaft with a small overlap, gives a nice ribbed textured grip.
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