/ Advice on taping axe shafts
I've got Matrix Techs, so am lacking much of a higher rest on the shaft - I figured some tape would help. I've looked at self amalgamating tape and hockey stick grip tape - is there any difference?
Self amalgamating tape is exactly the same as what petzl sell. Just alot cheaper.
I'll let you know how it goes.
> Self amalgamating tape is exactly the same as what petzl sell. Just alot cheaper.
Ditto: Screwfix version for about a fiver, a roll will cover at least 4 axe shafts.
Grippy as skate tape, but not as brittle and stronger than SA tape (which nicks, peels and rolls easily). Leave it on a warm radiator for half an hour before applying as otherwise it doesn't stretch much when wrapping around bends.
or I have heard good things about plastidip, but never tried it myself
wrap climbing tape around the shaft then coat it in plasti dip
Many thanks to all.
> I'll let you know how it goes.
I've just done the job with stunning results. Anything else is just amateur DIY.
SA tape will be better if you want to reshape the shaft at the same time.
I don't know if you could shrink wrap over SA tape though.
I've done my tech tools, walking axes and shaft of snow shovel.
Got the shrink wrap off ebay, just search for non slip shrink wrap......50mm for tech tools (to get over the handles), 40mm for everything else.
Hmm, just done my T rated walking axe as it had shed it's handle through years of use. Used the skateboard stuff, and I'm not confident. Will maybe need to look at the shrink stuff
I thought of something similar, but won't it roll up when plunging? My issue is that it's my mountaineering axe, and on long days spent plunging (Mont Blanc, alpine 4000ers etc), it was rolling up, and the creating an obstruction to self-belay.
I cut off the loose, leaving the bottom inches bare, but it just happened again.
As I said, I used skateboard stuff off my sons, but I'm not confident.
Sugru is good albeit expensive.
Mountain biking tape is also good.
Finger tape does the job too.
remember to wrap from the bottom up so that the overlapping edges are down. This means the tape will be less likely to roll off when you pull down
Squash/badminton tape is rubbish. It just slips down and isnt very hard wearing although it is good to bite/hold.
Bike handle bar tape is good. Its not as soft as the above but it is still pretty good. I did find it abit slippy though, but im sure this varies between makes.
Finger tape is ok but isnt soft and does look a bit dirty after a while. It doesn't get slippy when wet, although it isnt very stick to begin with.
I currently have plasti dip on my axes, which I dont like. It is pretty hard and is heavy and slippy. I have made some cuts in it now though to give it a bit more friction but I cant recommend it.
I think I will go back to finger tape when I find a way to remove the plasti dip.
I hope that helps.
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